Need a fresh start? Want a Do-Over? Longing for something exciting and free from pain and loss and grief and sorrow and sin and shame? All Things New by John Eldredge and published by Nelson Books recently hit the shelves.
Books by John Eldredge never disappoint me (including this one).
Apart from the Bible, I cannot think of a book more relevant to the experiences of my friends and family over the past five years. Not only does Eldredge do a wonderful job relating to personal and recent struggles and losses, but he excels in restoring hope and understanding and excitement for the coming Kingdom of God. The title of his first chapter will resonate with many: Is There a Hope That Really Overcomes All This?
Grounded in God’s Word, the premise of the book stands on these scriptures:
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (Revelation 21:1,5 KJV)
28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Matthew 19:28, KJV)
28 “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, …”(Matthew 19:28, NIV)
Early in the book, Eldredge introduces the reader to the Greek word for regeneration or renewal – palingenesia – which means “again beginning” (or Genesis again). Is that not what we are all longing for – an opportunity to begin again, start fresh, have a do-over . . . but this time without sin.
When I began reading this book, I simple could not put it down!
- John Eldredge mentions in his book, All Things New, the tragic loss of his first grandson at birth. I experienced this loss with my second grandson. If you suffered a miscarriage or experienced the passing of a child or grandchild at birth, you may relate to this poem on my blog. Thirty-Four Minutes
- Have you experienced hardship, hurt, frustration, unanswered prayer, a physical or emotional hurricane this year? Check out this excerpt from my book Three Days at Sea. Fragile
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Other Books by Eldredge reviewed on this blog:
Epic by John Eldredge
The Journey of Desire by John Eldredge
Captivating by his wife, Stasi Eldredge