Monday, August 12, 2013

Unseen (Review)

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Do you ever wonder about what the truth is about the unseen world? About angels, demons, Heaven, and Hell? We’re surrounded by ideas and images of these things, from fairy tales to television and movies to ideas espoused by people we know.

In Unseen, Angels, Satan, Heaven, Hell, and Winning the Battle for Eternity,  author Jack Graham examines the portrayal of these concepts in the world around us and explains the truth found in scripture.

The first few chapters were insightful. I learned what the Bible really says about angels, who they are, what they look like, and what their purpose is. Then I read about Satan and his purposes and actions.

As I read further into the book, I began to sense the author’s urgency to teach the reader about the very important doctrines of heaven and hell and salvation. With an entire chapter devoted to what the Bible teaches about hell, the reader truly comes to understand that hell is no joke or laughing matter, that it is a real place and that we should be concerned enough that we tell the truth to other. Graham also devoted a good amount of space in the book to spiritual warfare—how we, as Christians can stand against and fight against Satan’s attacks.

Graham’s descriptions of heaven, or rather the “3 heavens,” made a lot of sense to me, since the various scriptures about what happens after death can seem to contradict each other. (The first “heaven” is earth, the second heaven is where our souls go to be with God immediately after death, and the third heaven is the restored earth where we will live with God and there will be no more pain, sorrow, or tears.

This is the type of book that you will read slowly and underline passages as you go. I found not only many new insights, but increased awareness of God’s work in this world and in the world to come.

I received a free review copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.

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