Thursday, March 22, 2007

Book Review: Heaven for Kids by Randy Alcorn

Heaven for Kids
Randy Alcorn
Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN: 1414310404196 pages

Written in an easy to read, question and answer format and divided into categories, this is an informative book packed with Scriptural truth and geared towards children 8-12 years old. Randy Alcorn, former pastor, best selling author and founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries, provides Biblical answers to some of the harder questions children direct towards their parents regarding Heaven and faith.

I enjoyed the author's previous books and his children's storybook, "Wait Until Then," but loved this one because it speaks clearly and directly to the heart of children, who seem to have so many questions about Heaven. My children have certainly enjoyed it. "Heaven for Kids" has directed their thought more towards the eternal than the temporal helping them to obey Colossians 3:2 "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."

Some of the questions answered in the book are: Do I really need to think about Heaven?, What do I look forward to?, Is Heaven a real place?, So how can we know what Heaven is like if we've never seen it?, If we're good, does that mean we'll go to Heaven someday?, What does it mean to store up treasure in Heaven?, What happens to us the second after we die?, Is Heaven "up"? Where exactly is it?, How will we worship God?, Is God going to destroy the earth and make a different one from scratch?, Will places like the Grand Canyon actually be on the new earth?, Who will rule the New Earth?, Will God create new worlds?, Will we ever be tempted to do wrong things?, Will we know everything?, Will we sleep?, Will we just hang out with Jesus, or will we have other friends too?, Will we see our pets again on the New Earth?, Might some animals talk?, Will there be sports?, Will we travel through time? along with many more intriguing questions.

With so many worldly based ideas about Heaven and how to get there being thrown at our children from questionable sources, this book is needed for today's Christian family. Heaven for Kids also includes A Summary of the Gospel in Chapter Ten. This book would make a great family, homeschool or church youth Bible study and would have been a handy resource to have when I worked with youth.

Thank you Wiley Saicheck of Tyndale House for offering this book to our family for review. It has been a blessing we have all enjoyed and has engaged us in many discussions!

You can find it through Amazon for $10.49.