Released in the UK February 2018
Released in the US April 2018
Trade hardback | 112 Pages
9781527101456 • £8.99 $12.99
BISAC – REL067060
Why a book about heaven?
For all the skepticism that abounds in our time, people still want to know what happens after death. Do you know with any certainty where your conscious, thinking, self–aware, communicative self will be? And does it matter, as long as you are in ‘heaven’? But the importance of ‘heaven’ does not consist only in it being the alternative to ‘hell’. It is not just an abstract future state into which we will slip, it is a physical reality which can give us joy and hope even now as we look toward it.
Derek Thomas examines how the Christian can and should think about heaven:
1. We Die … Then what?
2. Are You Ready?
3. Falling Asleep
4. The Trumpet Shall Sound
5. The New Heaven and New Earth
6. What Will Heaven be Like?
7. Like the Angels
Derek W. H. Thomas, originally from Wales, is the Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina and Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is also a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries. He previously served as the Chairman of the Theology Department at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi, the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church, also in Jackson.
Reams of false teaching abound about heaven. Here a skillful pastor-theologian draws our eyes to Scripture's vision of our eternal home.
Stephen J. Nichols
President, Reformation Bible College, CAO Ligonier Ministries, Sanford, Florida
What is it like? What happens when I die? What takes places at the end of human history? Derek Thomas makes for a terrific guide in exploring these critical matters. I was greatly edified in reading this book.
Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, North Carolina
It’s our home and where we belong. But do we know just what it is we look forward to? Derek Thomas shows us from God’s word what we can expect in eternity. In doing so, he stirs a longing for the glories and joys to come.
Blogger and writer for ministries including Desiring God and The Gospel Coalition
Here is encouragement for us in a gloom-laden world. Always joyful, sometimes playful, Dr. Derek Thomas shows us what John Newton called the 'Solid joys and lasting treasures' that are the Christian's birth-right. A truly hope-full, wonder-full, joy-full book to read, treasure, and share.
Sinclair B. Ferguson
Associate Preacher, St. Peter's Free Church, Dundee