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Things unseen
Buchanan, Mark (Mark Aldham)
Publication Information:
Sisters, Or. : Multnomah, [2002]

Physical Description:
240 pages ; 22 cm
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BV4509.5 .B82 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Blending pastoral warmth, philosophical depth, storytelling skill, and literary craft, Mark Buchanan encourages Christians to make heaven, literally, our "fixation" -- filling our vision, gripping our heart, and anchoring our hope. Only then, says Buchanan, can we become truly fearless on this earth, free from the fear of losing our life, property, status, title, or comfort; free from the threat of tyrants, the power of armies, and the day of trouble. Buchanan reawakens the instinctive yearning for things above, showing that only the heavenly minded are of much earthly good.

Author Notes

Mark Buchanan is a pastor and freelance writer who lives with his wife, Cheryl, and three children on the west coast of Canada. Educated at the University of British Columbia and Regent College, he is the author of Your God Is Too Safe and has been published in numerous periodicals, including Christianity Today and Books and Culture

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A popular adage dictates that those who are heavenly minded are of no earthly good. Buchanan, a pastor and freelance writer, begs to differ. He convincingly demonstrates that unless Christians cling to the hope of the hereafter with a grip so fierce and purposeful that everything else dims in comparison, they will become so earthly minded that they are of no heavenly good. Buchanan (Your God Is Too Safe) writes with persuasive elegance as he implores fellow Christians to "fixate" on the promise of heaven. This stance will do more than get believers through the humdrum monotony of life; it will energize and excite them to face inevitable tragedies with more than mere resignation. Says Buchanan, "We fix on it [heaven], and it fixes us." A heavenly compulsion, he writes, will alter one's own vantage point and also transform the world in which Christians find themselves. Buchanan details how God uses the trivial, the boring and the tame to transform Christians from the inside out. As they quietly go about their daily business, faithful to the vocation to which they're called, believers are slowly changed. Buchanan exposes a pastor's heart as he painstakingly explores difficult topics through the lens of heaven. Generous, heartrending anecdotes expose Buchanan's own disappointments and the trials of loved ones, but always within the hopeful and eternal context of heaven. Written to exhort, encourage and bolster his fellow Christians' faith, Buchanan's book hits the mark with finely turned phrases that make reading this a joy. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Big Fixp. 9
Part I Heaven-Haunted: Missing Things Unseen
1. Eternity in Our Heartsp. 15
2. Speaking in Tonguesp. 27
3. The World Is Not Enoughp. 39
4. Rich and Wearyp. 49
Portrait: Does Life Justify Living?p. 59
Part II Heaven-Struck: Seeing Things Unseen
5. More Than We Ask or Imaginep. 65
6. Who Wants to Go to Heaven?p. 79
7. Heaven Can't Waitp. 91
8. The Circle of Namingp. 103
Portrait: Like a Boy Eavesdroppingp. 115
Part III Heaven-Sent: Being of Earthly Good
9. The One Thing Neededp. 125
10. A Tour of the Lower Galleriesp. 139
11. Look Upp. 153
12. Dead Alreadyp. 167
13. Do Not Lose Heartp. 177
Portrait: Now You Do It!p. 191
Part IV Heaven-Bent: Living in Light of Forever
14. Big Dealp. 201
15. Wax On, Wax Offp. 211
16. Now Dismiss Your Servant in Peacep. 219
Portrait: Living for the Momentp. 231
Notesp. 237
Acknowledgmentsp. 239