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In this groundbreaking book - available in audio for the first time - renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and best-selling author N. T. Wright argues that Christians have not distorted the Bible's message about heaven and what happens after we die.

For years, Christians have been asking, "If you died tonight, do you know where you would go?" It turns out that many believers have been giving the wrong answer. It is not heaven.

Wright outlines the present confusion about a Christian's future hope and shows how it is deeply intertwined with how we live today. Wright asserts that Christianity's most distinctive idea is bodily resurrection, and provides a magisterial defense for a literal resurrection of Jesus. Wright then explores our expectation of "new heavens and a new earth", revealing what happens to the dead until then and what will happen with the "second coming" of Jesus. For many, including many Christians, it will come as a great surprise to learn that heaven comes to earth instead of us going to heaven.

Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. For if God intends to renew the whole creation - and if this has already begun in Jesus's resurrection - the church cannot stop at "saving souls" but must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God's kingdom in the wider world, bringing healing and hope in the present life.

©2010 Nicholas Thomas Wright (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Necessary!

Amazing input on what Christian thought really is on life after life after death and on life before life after death.

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Heaven, Hell, Renewed Earth, Christian Mission, The Good News of Jesus. This book is a great start for helping answer some questions and theological concerns you might have. Very grateful for NT Wright.

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Great insight

NT Wright is brilliant at looking at the New Testament through the eyes of those in the first century. He brings up great points and reinterprets the Christian hope as something that we don't just get at heaven, but here on earth. Highly recommend

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good insight into truth

more realistic biblical and sensical presentation of what jesus really did and what awaits us

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Life changing!

Fantastic book! NT Wright stirs up the fallow ground of much contemporary Christian culture and insists that we re-read the New Testament with an honest and open heart to what it actually says. This was personally very challenging as I found my own preconceptions confronted, and ultimately dismantled. I feel like I am becoming a Christian all over again! What a gift NT Wright is the the church, and James Langton is an extremely pleasant narrator to listen to!