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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (483 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ted Dekker Narrator: Kelly Ryan Dolan Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9781608143887
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In his debut nonfiction work following a plethora of successful novels (White; Three), Dekker exhorts Christians to wake up and find genuine happiness in cultivating a deep desire for heaven. Although he argues that Christians should enjoy the pleasures of earth as a "foretaste" of heaven, he cautions that these pleasures should not be mistaken for the real thing. Relying heavily on C.S. Lewis and the Apostle Paul, he makes a case for hope as the "engine of life." Satan, he says, has redirected our obsession away from God and heaven by filling our minds with earthly things. With the relentless zeal of an evangelist, Dekker illustrates many of his points with excerpts from his novels and from scripture, but his thought flow is sometimes problematic. He offers three practical ideas for setting one's mind on heaven-meditations, readings and corporate exercises-but fails to satisfactorily flesh them out. Although Dekker clearly has a sincere passion for his topic, Mark Buchanan's "Things Unseen" and Arthur Roberts's "Exploring Heaven" are better choices to excite desire for the afterlife.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 2/20/2014

    " encouragement to meditate on heaven; hope in the glory of God... Romans 5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/4/2014

    " A must read for all Christians!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig K. | 1/2/2014

    " Very well written and insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Mclain | 12/15/2013

    " Ted Dekker's fiction revolutionized the way I looked at "Christian Fiction," and that same power is prevalent in this book as well. I highly recommend it. As for the subject matter, the title says it all. His premise is that Christians have fallen asleep to the hope of heaven. It is this hope that keeps us going in this life, and heaven is our ultimate prize. We will never find fulfillment in life on earth till we long for heaven. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 12/13/2013

    " This book really hit me, especially where I am in my life right now. Dekker really has something to say in this book. It's not the same Christian jargan heard everywhere else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dock Hoilman | 11/21/2013

    " Ted Dekker gives us much to think about. While I'm not 100% in agreement with all his theology, he supports it well and makes me think in this non-fiction book on CD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 11/12/2013

    " Wow. Little surprise that the author who writes such amazingly intense novels could also write such an amazing nonfiction book. I do think this is by far the best nonfiction book I'be ever read. Very powerful. I think it impossible to read through this book and not have your thinking changed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 10/30/2013

    " Ted Dekker should stick to fiction. This is not his strength. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virgil | 10/21/2013

    " A very convicting book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian K. | 10/14/2013

    " An explanation of why Dekker writes so passionately. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter Coleman | 8/8/2013

    " This is okay, but the arguments aren't tight. He has a very high view of what he has to say, as though this book is of more wight than it is. He's right in a lot of things, certainly, I just think the book may need a second chance at being written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonya | 5/15/2013

    " Ted Dekker has passion and I have read all of his adult books so far. This one is very different, and should be on every layperson's to read and discuss list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon A | 4/10/2013

    " Perhaps our focus is off.. though i don't agree with everything this book says i think it has some great points and is one that many Christians here in the USA could gain something from. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 1/2/2013

    " The BIG question for Christians is why are we worried so much about our life on earth when it will comprise an immeasurable portion of our eternal life? Why are we not more passionate about the life to come while we are on earth? Before reading this book I never thought about that... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/12/2012

    " It is really between a 3 - 4. He put words on what I have seen, understand, and 'feel' in the Christian environment. There aren't many practical helps here - how do you recover that lost passion, fire that lukewarm love, etc? I do recommend reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/27/2012

    " Good eye opener for sleeping or backsliden believers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jared Ciavarella | 12/18/2011

    " I think this guy took his ideas way to far. Another comtemporary Christian failure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zanda | 11/9/2011

    " This book changed my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyxandra Sarik | 8/1/2011

    " This Is Amazing! -that's all i got to say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ursula | 6/5/2011

    " This is one that Christians need to read. Ted reminds us of the gift of imagination, given to us by God to be used for his glory. And he reminds us of our need to passionately serve God. Dekker is an amazing author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 5/26/2011

    " It was a good message, just a very lengthy book for a simple message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 3/31/2011

    " This is the best book on Heaven I've ever read. Many parts of this book made me want to cheer. It stirred something deep within me that's longing for Heaven. It is both encouraging and incredibly motivating.

    I'm going to buy it and read it again with a highlighter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 11/13/2010

    " An explanation of why Dekker writes so passionately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 9/3/2010

    " A must read for all Christians!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 7/30/2010

    " encouragement to meditate on heaven; hope in the glory of God... Romans 5 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candy | 7/10/2010

    " Very interesting ways to look at life here on earth while we wait for the life we are really living for--the life with Jesus in heaven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominique | 6/25/2010

    " One of my favorite of all of Ted Dekker's books. It was quite an eye opener for me. I totally believe that many Christians here in America are being lulled to sleep and don't even know it.

    This book reminded me that my eyes and heart should be heaven bound instead of earthly tied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 6/9/2010

    " Wow. Little surprise that the author who writes such amazingly intense novels could also write such an amazing nonfiction book. I do think this is by far the best nonfiction book I'be ever read. Very powerful. I think it impossible to read through this book and not have your thinking changed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 5/8/2010

    " The BIG question for Christians is why are we worried so much about our life on earth when it will comprise an immeasurable portion of our eternal life? Why are we not more passionate about the life to come while we are on earth? Before reading this book I never thought about that... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zanda | 11/29/2008

    " This book changed my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 7/21/2008

    " Very well written and insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ursula | 1/16/2008

    " This is one that Christians need to read. Ted reminds us of the gift of imagination, given to us by God to be used for his glory. And he reminds us of our need to passionately serve God. Dekker is an amazing author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 11/5/2007

    " This book really hit me, especially where I am in my life right now. Dekker really has something to say in this book. It's not the same Christian jargan heard everywhere else. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jared | 7/22/2007

    " I think this guy took his ideas way to far. Another comtemporary Christian failure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 7/19/2007

    " Perhaps our focus is off.. though i don't agree with everything this book says i think it has some great points and is one that many Christians here in the USA could gain something from. "

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About the Author
Author Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, with more than seven million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil. His works include THR3E, Blink, Heaven’s Wager, When Heaven Weeps, and more. Raised in the jungles of Indonesia, he now lives with his wife and children in Austin, Texas.

About the Narrator

Kelly Ryan Dolan is a graduate of Judson College. His voice-over credits include the Left Behind radio drama and works for Sonlife Ministries and the Willow Creek Community Church, where he currently works in youth ministry.