Book Review: “We Shall See God: Charles Spurgeon’s Classic Devotional Thoughts on Heaven” by Randy Alcorn (2011)

Long before I ever began reviewing books (and too long ago now to write a proper review), I read Randy Alcorn‘s Heaven, truly a definitive book on the afterlife. I remember enjoying the unimaginable angles of Heaven that Alcorn presented, angles I would never have considered on my own, but I also remember its being too thick in some places, and tough to plough through as a pleasure read. We Shall See God, I believe, is Alcorn’s perfect response to the difficulties of his previous book. Having collected a plethora Heaven-focused thoughts from the sermons of the great Charles Spurgeon, Alcorn has minimized and modernized these sermons into short, easy-to-read meditations on the Place of God.

While Spurgeon’s 19th-century British English has been altered to fit the language of today, his conversation tone and his devotional thoughts on Heaven have not. His words are sweet nectar to the hungry and hurting soul from Day One, for he relates in the context of dying loved ones the truth that the death of any believer is an answer to the prayer of Jesus (John 17:24) Who only longs for His Bride to forever be by His side. Insights such as this permeate We Shall See God, and they come not only from Spurgeon himself. At the end of each of the fifty Spurgeon-inspired devotionals, Alcorn also writes a brief excerpt in which he not only responds to Spurgeon’s thoughts, he also gives context to Spurgeon’s words and shares insights of his own from a lifetime of studying Heaven for himself.  I strongly recommend this book for anyone who has recently gone through the process of loss, for anyone nearing Heaven’s gates themselves, and for anyone who has lost all sight of their “mansion just over the hilltop.”

[I received this book free for review from Tyndale Publishers]

©2011 E.T.

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