The Glory of Heaven

John MacArthur, Crossway, 2013

“We would of course expect New Age practitioners, cranks, and cultists to abandon the Bible in favor of their own dreams and fantasies.  But this tendency to invent one’s own personal concept of heaven seems to be an even bigger problem in the evangelical community than it is in the world at large.”

Who this book is for:

It would appear that MacArthur wrote this book in response to an upsurge of ‘Christian’ movies following the box office success of ‘Heaven is for Real”.  Much of the book is taken up with MacArthur debunking non-biblical descriptions of the heavenly realms.

Big Idea – Heaven is so amazing, we can’t even begin to describe it:

If heaven is so amazing we can’t even begin to describe it, are we engaged in a pointless pursuit in trying to do so?  In my mind the answer is yes, and MacArthur’s book did not particularly engage or encourage me as I thought about the heaven that is in store for me.  Perhaps because so much of the book is spent debunking the ‘non-biblical’ when MacArthur turned to the biblical truths my mind was bound to the negative.


People often recommend YouTube clips, blogs and books for me to view and read and frankly I would rather spend my time in the Bible reading for myself than relying on other people’s opinions biblical things.  In the case of this book, I would recommend that the reader should rather get themselves a decent commentary and tackle the book of Revelation.