Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Book Review: Home by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Ever been homesick? It is not fun. If you are on vacation, you tend not to think about it because you know once you set foot into your house, reality sets in. Kids get homesick when they go to some form of a summer camp because it is not home where they are surrounded by the people they love and love them back.

For Christians, we know this world is not our home, at least the state the world is in right now. We long for a better world where there is no death, wars, diseases, and the aches & pains of an aging body. We long for a world where there is no more death and suffering. We long for a world where Jesus is worshipped everyday and nothing stops us. We long for a world where there is no sin. You could say that Christians are homesick.

Elyse Fitzpatrick has written a book to reminds us of our future place where we dwell with the Father, simply titled, Home. She writes, "Christians are the most consistently homesick people in the world because they know this world (as it is) isn't their true home." If you have read the Bible as long as I have or even longer, you know that one day Jesus will set everything right in the Father's timing.

Fitzpatrick writes this book as an encouragement and reminder for all Christians that this world is not our home and it will be made right one day. She reminds us that Jesus has gone a prepared a place for us and will come and get us when it is ready. She also takes us through what the Bible describes what Heaven will be like (she did not claim to have taken a trip there as if it was an out of body experience).

Fitzpatrick continues on by stating our tears are a reminder that we long for a home. God never intended for pain and suffering to come, however, due to the Fall, it did. She reminds us that Jesus one day will wipe away every tear and there will be no more pain. She goes on to say Jesus will return (as the Bible teaches) and make this world as God intended. She concludes the book, in the Appendix, by sharing with her readers how they can have eternal life by sharing a simple gospel message through her writings.

I remember a friend of mine, who leads worship for his church, say they are not many songs about Heaven. There are not many books about Heaven either. Sure there are ones about someone going there but a few of them have been proven false. Fitzpatrick book should serve as a reminder and encouragement for all believers that this world is not our home. Christians should look forward to the day where we can truly say, "I'm home."

Thanks Bethany House for letting me review this book.

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