An archive of this Sojourner's Journey – Reflections, book reviews, and other random thoughts

All Things New

I’m halfway through my review copy of John Eldredge’s book: All Things New.  I’ve sprinkled nearly every page with my tears, not tears of sorrow, but the tears of deep longing that rise to the surface when someone mentions the thing that you most want.  If there was ever a book that I wish that I’d written this is it.  This is a topic that captured my heart twenty three years ago and utterly transformed my life.

Imagine, just imagine, what the impact would be to all of your choices in this life if you really, deeply and truly believed that nothing is ever lost.

It all started for me twenty three years ago in a class at Multnomah University when the professor stunned his entire classroom of students by turning our shallow concept of heaven upside down.  In a single sentence, where he mentioned that in heaven we would still be waiting on this, the palingenesia – the restoration of all things, almost every hand in the room went into the air.  And as I listened to these concepts unraveled and opened the word of God I discovered that almost everything I’d ever understood about eternity was wrong.  And thus began my love affair with the Kingdom of God.

And this theme, these truths, became the catalyst for my life with God.  What can’t I sacrifice in this life if I KNOW that I will get it all back and even more? In fact, I’ll get back a completely restored version of the broken beautiful that I so deeply love now.  And is it a sacrifice at all to make an investment that guarantees hundred fold returns?

Even more impacting, this theme has helped me learn how to grieve well in this broken world.  Not that many years ago I sat with God on a balcony in Slovenia wrestling over a grief that I just couldn’t shake.  And God whispered to me, “Beloved daughter, you don’t understand.  You believe that in this the curse has won.  But that’s not true.  I am making all things new.  There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that will not be redeemed.  Restoration isn’t lost, it is just waiting.”  Oh, glorious hope!

I’ll write more about the book later, but I can tell you now that I’d love to send a copy to everyone that I know.  Because everyone I know needs hope and Eldredge is holding out a banner of hope, unfurling a truth that has been grievously lost by the people of God, a hope that is meant to empower our lives.  And it’s a beautiful and moving thing to open this book and the Word of God and breathe in hope.

Take the time to watch the video above if you haven’t already.  Pre-order the book here if you like.  And receive the gift of God in the confidence of the restoration of everything you love.

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