Book Review – Home by Elyse Fitzpatrick
A quick internet search will reveal that there is no shortage of books on Heaven. As it turns out, Paradise is a popular topic and many authors have taken a stab at describing what lies beyond this world and what the human experience will be once we arrive. However, only two authors have ever described it in such a way that has made me feel homesick– George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis. N.T. Wright has come close at times. Now I can add a third name to this list: Elyse Fitzpatrick.
Home is a book with was written for that sole purpose; to make the children of God long for their eternal home. Fitzpatrick accomplishes this from the opening pages and builds upon this desire chapter upon chapter. This culminates in a beautifully written chapter called The Forever Hello- perhaps one of the most profound statements on heaven that I have read outside of scripture. This is a book that you will want to put on your “bucket list” (eh… inside joke.. or more of a failed attempt at wit… either way you will need to read the book to understand). In all seriousness though, you will want to read this book and you will want to read it soon. Pour over it . . .devour it. . .allow it to lead you to the glorious and soul-satisfying treasure we have in the gospel. Then immerse yourself in that gospel for it truly is good news.
Home is written in such a way that it can be used in small groups or read individually.Fitzpatrick included discussion questions which I found to be thought provoking for the most part. There were a couple of times that I finished reading a chapter and after reading the discussion questions was compelled to go back and re-read the chapter with the questions in mind. This is a testimony to the multi-faceted blessing we have in our eternal home; and I for one can’t wait for that sweet reunion.
Where to Purchase Home by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Christian Books (CBD)
Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings
By Elyse Fitzpatrick
About the Author
Elyse Fitzpatrick (www.elysefitzpatrick.com) is a nationally sought after speaker and author, speaking at such events as The Gospel Coalition and Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s Revive Conference. Along with her husband, Phil, Elyse is a member of Valley Center Community Church, a reformed congregation in the community of Valley Center. VCCC is a member of FIRE, the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals.
She holds a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF (San Diego) and an MA in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 22 books on daily living and the Christian life.
Elyse and Jessica’s first book together, Give Them Grace, has sold 55,000 copies, releasing in May of 2011. Elyse has been married for over thirty years and has three adult children and grandchildren.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”