Item description for Heaven and Hell by Edward A. Donnelly...
Overview A moving exposition, marked by biblical realism and pastoral warmth, of the solemn reality of hell and the matchless glory of heaven, by the author of Peter: Eyewitness of His Majesty.
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Studio: Banner of Truth
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.01" Width: 4.98" Height: 1.08" Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2002
Publisher Banner of Truth
ISBN 0851518117 ISBN13 9780851518114
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A Biblical Examination of Important Doctrines Sep 15, 2007
Some books receive titles that are a little bit mysterious, only hinting at what the book contains. There are others that just give it all away in the title. Biblical Teaching on the Doctrines of Heaven and Hell pretty well says it all. Edward Donnelly simply turns to Scripture to see what God says about these important doctrines of heaven and hell.
Heaven is a popular subject at the moment. Randy Alcorn's book Heaven has over 300,000 copies in print and there are another 200,000 Heaven-related products in print with it. I'm quite sure that he would have sold fewer than 3,000 had the book been titled Hell. Don Piper's 90 Minutes in Heaven has sold millions of copies and has been on the New York Times list of bestsellers for months now. For obvious reasons, hell is a less popular topic. Bill Wiese's 23 Minutes in Hell has barely made a splash. We would far rather ponder heaven than hell. And for good reason. But in this book Donnelly dedicates equal time to both subjects.
The first half of the book discusses hell in all its fiery horror; the second part turns to heaven with all its beautiful glory. The first half is difficult to read and weighs heavily on the soul; the second is like a sip of cool water on a hot day. The first terrifies; the second elevates. Donnelly is not given to hyperbole or imagination. He does not present a fictionalized vision of hell that owes more to horror movies or medieval art and imaginings than to the Bible. Rather, he simply relates what the Bible tells us, both explicitly and implicitly, about that awful place. He does so under four alliterated headings: Absolute Poverty, Agonizing Pain, Angry Presence and Appalling Prospect. When, in the second half of the book he turns to heaven, he does not guess what it is like or fall into conjecture about what we will experience there. Instead he relates only what the Bible tells us, reflecting on the fullness of joy that is there and waiting for those who love the Lord.
Though only a short book, weighing in at just 127 pages, Biblical Teaching on the Doctrines of Heaven and Hell still seems to be thorough. This is, I believe, because though the subjects of heaven and hell are mentioned often in the Bible, we do not receive a great deal of detail about them. They are so far beyond our experience that God can only give us glimpses of what they will be like by drawing comparisons to what we know and experience in this life. This is a book that dedicates equal time to both subjects, first allowing the heart and spirit to recoil at the though of hell but then comforting it with the knowledge of heaven. Throughout the book Donnelly is pastoral, often challenging the reader and continually returning to the gospel, ensuring the reader knows that the promises of heaven are given only to those who know the Lord and that the horrors of hell can be avoided by those who will turn to Him. For those interested in doing some reading on the subject matter, this book is a worthwhile investment in both time and money. I recommend it.
Why is hell eternal? Don't they "pay it off?" Mar 30, 2006
This and many more questions are finally answered satisfactorily. He compels us to realize that if we're truly Christian, that we do not want ANYONE to go to hell and would do anything to share the gospel of Jesus the Christ, so they may avoid it. This book is terrifying and wonderful altogether. It has impacted me more than any book I have ever read--save the Bible itself. As tough as the topic is, it's very easy to read and comprehend--I've recommended it over and over in the last 3 years.
Heaven and Hell Are Real! Apr 11, 2003
Heaven and hell are too often neglected and frequently misunderstood concepts in the Bible. In this well written presentation the author presents hell in its stark reality and heaven in its beauty. The Bible makes it clear both places are real. In this book the two are more clearly defined and explained. This is a book everyone should read. It is readable and soundly based on the Bible
Clear, profound, heart-warming and heart searching, Jul 23, 2002
Prof. Donnelly deals here with the Bible's teaching on both Heaven and Hell. The opening chapters are wisely devoted to Hell allowing the reader to finish the book contemplating Heaven. Dealing with the widespread unbelief in Hell, Prof. Donnelly, with surgeon like precision, cuts to the heart of the issue and diagnoses the problem in our own hearts and in society in general. He lays open our own failure to grasp the awfulness of sin and the holiness of God.
Prof. Donnelly's approach to this most disturbing of doctrines is characterised with a tender compassion for his readers and a passionate concern for God's glory and His word. He does not avoid the difficult and distressing issues and deals with questions as they arise in the reader's mind.
His pointed application is made, not just to Christian and non-Christian generally, but to those careless, those afraid, those in distress over loved ones, those unaffected, those doubting their salvation, and all with tenderness, clarity and a powerful challenge.
If the section on Hell drives us to greater appreciation of our salvation and to a more urgent evangelism, the subsequent section on Heaven does exactly the same. Prof Donnelly cuts through all the whimsical nonsense which usually portrays Heaven and gives us a majestically biblical God-centred perspective. It fills us with hope and anticipation, and inspires us to worship. Many times, as you read this book, you will find yourself saying, "Thank you, Lord, thank you."
If you want to love your God, your Saviour and your neighbour more, buy this book and read it.