Book Review: We Shall See God
By: Randy Alcorn Publisher: Tyndale ISBN: 9781414345543
I’ve had a couple of weeks to spend with this latest devotional book by Randy Alcorn, We Shall See God: Charles Spurgeon’s Classic Devotional Thoughts on Heaven. I haven’t read the entire book cover to cover, but my impressions thus far are good. While Charles Spurgeon’s printed works abound, I am not overly familiar with them and have never spent any length of time with his sermons or commentaries. This devotional book has provided me the opportunity to get a glimpse of his writing style and theology. I can say that up to this point I have enjoyed what I have read and been challenged to think over certain passages of Scripture in ways that I may not have previously considered. I am grateful for the style in which this little book as been compiled that it provides me a snapshot of a large volume of work in very manageable portions.
Considering the way the book has been compiled, the book is a devotional tool and is set up to be read over the course of fifty days. It could certainly be read in a shorter time frame, but that would not allow for serious reflection over the topics and themes shared in each day’s message. Personally, I think it is worth the effort and time to not only read the message, but to give attention to what is being said; meditation and reflection help to get the most out of each devotional exercise. I also appreciate the introductory notes that precede every devotion. Alcorn includes the title of every sermon that has been excerpted and its number from Spurgeon’s archive. Additionally, where there are explanatory details about the sermon, those have been included as well. I find these extremely helpful as an extra resource should I desire to pursue more study from a particular sermon.
This devotional book is centered on Spurgeon’s sermons about Heaven. The author, Randy Alcorn, has also published a comprehensive work on the subject of Heaven and includes his insights, comments, and thoughts at the conclusion of each devotional. I found the convergence of Spurgeon’s old with Alcorn’s new refreshing and relevant. I am appreciative of the side-by-side views and how complimentary they are at times.
I think this book meets its goals: it stirs thoughts about heaven, it shares timeless truths of God’s Word as preached by one of modern history’s most gifted preachers, and it reveals contemporary relevance of those sermons via commentary from Randy Alcorn who has proven through his own research and writing to be a respected authority and teacher on this Biblical subject.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”