Book Club: Heaven and Hell
February 2020 Book Club topic: Heaven and Hell

As an extension of our sermon series "One Kingdom" (Luke 9-19), we invite you to choose 1 or more books to read this month. Join us as the end of the month potluck to discuss your book with others. Here is how to participate in the Book Club:
1. Read through the Book selections. Choose the 1 (or more) that you would like to order. Scroll down in this description section for overviews of each book.
2. Pay for your order via check or online through your elexio account (app or at livelifetogether.com).
3. Books will be available Feb. 2nd during worship.
4. There will be tables dedicated to book club discussions at the February 23rd potluck (after the 9am service).

HEAVEN, by Randy Alcorn:
What will heaven be like? Randy Alcorn presents a thoroughly biblical answer, based on years of careful study, presented in an engaging, reader-friendly style. His conclusions will surprise readers and stretch their thinking about this important subject. Heaven will inspire readers to long for heaven while they're living on earth.


SURPRISED BY HOPE: RETHINKING HEAVEN, THE RESURRECTION, AND THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH, by N.T. Wright:
Renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright outlines the present confusion about a Christian’s future hope and shows how it is deeply intertwined with how we live today. Wright asserts that Christianity’s most distinctive idea is bodily resurrection, and provides a magisterial defense for a literal resurrection of Jesus. Wright then explores our expectation of "new heavens and a new earth," revealing what happens to the dead until then and what will happen with the "second coming" of Jesus. For many, including many Christians, it will come as a great surprise to learn that heaven comes to earth instead of us going to heaven. Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. For if God intends to renew the whole creation—and if this has already begun in Jesus’s resurrection—the church cannot stop at "saving souls" but must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God’s kingdom in the wider world, bringing healing and hope in the present life.


DEATH, HEAVEN, RESURRECTION, AND THE NEW CREATION, by Kent Burreson and Beth Hoeltke:
Loved ones pass away. Celebrity memorials are televised. Wills are drafted, funerals are planned, and cemetery plots are purchased.

Eventually, we all die.

Yet, despite this constant awareness of death, we fear it. Dread it. Seek to avoid it at all costs.

Death is an unfortunate reality we all must face - but a reality we need not fear.

This six-session Bible study invites readers to consider death in light of the promises of Jesus Christ, examining the role the physical body plays in life and death, the experience of dying, and the nature of the new creation and our resurrected bodies.


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