I loved Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven, so when I got the chance to review a devotional by Randy, Seeing the Unseen: Expanded Edition, I jumped at the chance. This 90-day devotional book can be read sequentially, or by searching the table of contents for a subject that addresses a particular need. Some of the devotional topics are humility, happiness, God’s sovereignty, giving, grace, love, and forgiveness…and those are just on the first of more than four pages of devotional titles!
The devotions are quite short and each includes a short message, “Perspectives from God’s Word” (related scriptures), “Perspectives from God’s People” (quotes from prominent Christians), and a link to a blog post at Eternal Perspective Ministries about that topic.
From the back cover:
Scripture tells us to fix our eyes on the unseen. Rather than focus on what will fade, we’re encouraged to lock our gaze no things of eternal value. But how exactly can we do that amid the immediate demands of life?
In this expanded edition of his devotional Seeing the Unseen, Randy Alcorn provides ninety inspirational readings that will help you view today through the lens of the eternal.
As we better grasp the realities of the spiritual realm, we gain a clearer perspective on our present life, including things like suffering, happiness, generosity, and peace. This transformative devotional equips to live with a right view of eternity — on that will shape not just what you believe, but how you navigate the challenges and opportunities of each day.
I’ve been reading these devotionals with my family after dinner while we’re still at the table and they’re the perfect length and depth! These readings are appropriate for late elementary age through adult.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. ***
If you’ve read and enjoyed Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo, you’re going to love Heaven Changes Everything. Todd and his wife, Sonja, team up on this devotional book based on Heaven is For Real. If you didn’t read the first book, it is the account of a young boy who became gravely ill and visited heaven. The devotional is able to be read as a stand-alone volume, although the examples mentioned are richer if you’ve read the companion book.
It is important for Christians to live their lives with a view of heaven in mind. So many things are easier in this life when seen in light of eternity. Todd and Sonja both contribute short chapters dedicated to different topics related to life beyond the veil. Taking a heavenly perspective gives us the ability to endure and to encourage in ways that nothing else can. It is easy to fall into discouragement when we find ourselves failing at something again and again (or to be judgmental when we watch as someone else tries and fails repeatedly). God doesn’t look at it that way. He doesn’t grow impatient. Instead, He watches us and encourages us like a parent of a child who is learning to walk. As parents, we know our child will fall but we feel nothing but elation when they try. When they fall we don’t scold them. Instead we pick them up and set them up to try again. Some children are slower to walk than others. As their parent we don’t love them any less. They are living up to their potential and we are pleased with that. God only asks that we do our very best, not that we always succeed.
Heaven Changes Everything takes subjects like family, death, forgiveness and grace and illustrates them in light of our eternal destination. The short chapters are easy to read and are perfect for a daily devotional to reorient ourselves away from the temporal concerns of this world and towards a heavenly perspective.
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