“As we live forward from here”

by ggeurs

I first met John Eldredge through his book Wild at Heart, a book that at the time seemed to speak to me in the place where I was in life. His newest book, All Things New, feels like a response, not just to the current condition of the world, but to the condition of my heart and soul as well. I cannot say enough about this book, and feel like everyone who is weary could use a reading of it.

All Things New can be boiled down to this idea: one day Jesus will redeem and make all things new, and the thought of this Great Redemption should fill each of us with hope. This is a message/reminder which I needed to hear, and if you are taking the time to read this, you probably need to hear too.

As Eldredge moves from the idea of the importance of not losing hope, to what it means in the context of Christ, to the reality that life is hard but why we should keep “nose to the plow,” it felt like as I was reading that Eldredge was half a step ahead of me the whole time, predicting my next comment, addressing it, and validating it.

In the final chapter of All Things New, Eldredge uses this phrase: “As we live forward from here…” And I feel like the phrase wraps up the book nicely. In the end, it is hope that keeps us living forward, not just moving. Do yourself a favor and read All Things New, and after finishing reading it, live forward, taking the message of the soon-coming renewal of all things to heart.

I received my copy of this book for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for reviewing it. I was not obligated to post a positive review; the opinions expressed are mine.