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What do Christians hope for? To leave this wicked world and go to 'heaven'? For the 'kingdom of God' to grow gradually on earth? What do we mean by the 'resurrection of the body', and how does that fit with the popular image of sitting on clouds playing harps? And how does all this affect the way we live in the here and now?  

Tom Wright, one of our leading theologians, addresses these questions in this provocative and wide-ranging new book. He outlines the present confusion about future hope in both church and world. Then, having explained why Christians believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus himself, he explores the biblical hope for 'new heavens and new earth' and shows how the 'second coming' of Jesus, and the eventual resurrection, belong within that larger picture, together with the intermediate hope for 'heaven'. 

For many, including many Christians, all this will come as a great surprise.  

Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. For if God intends to renew the whole creation - and if this has already begun in Jesus's resurrection - the church cannot stop at 'saving souls' but must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God's kingdom in the wider world, bringing healing and hope in the present life.

Lively and accessible, this book will surprise and excite all who are interested in the meaning of life not only after death but before it.

Tom Wright is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of over 50 books.

©2011 Tom Wright, SPCK (P)2019 SPCK, Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

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Everyone should hear this!

It may be hard to listen or read this book, but please give it a chance even if you had to re listen to parts to really understand it. It transformed my belief, answered so many questions and doubts I had, and I'm so thankful for N.T.Wright going back to the original understanding of the christian eschatology!

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Repetitive and boring

I struggled to finish this book. I found it monotonous and kept falling asleep.

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Great! wish I could meet Tom Wright and have chat

I thank God for this book my faith has grown, ministry enriched more equiped, l need to read this book before my next new appointment. God is faithful. Thanks Neil & Tom! Rev Molly Chitokwindo

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Agree with a lot

Yes, get Tom Wright's point that as Christians we frequently omit stage 2 life after life after death, and physical resurrection. But it takes Tom 17 chapters to explain this and its implications for living as members of God's inaugurated Kingdom here on earth. How would he explain this to a child or someone enquiring about Christian faith but with little Bible knowledge- no wonder Christians stop at step 1, Paradise = Heaven and leave it up to God for step2...