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Resources: About Randy Alcorn

Heaven: An Interview with The Outlook

Heaven: An Interview with The Outlook

Over years of biblical study, my view of resurrection and the eternal Heaven (and to a lesser degree, the intermediate Heaven) gradually changed. 

Heaven: Christian Book Distributors Interview with Randy Alcorn

I knew before systematically studying the Scriptures on heaven that a lot of the prevalent ideas about heaven—even in the Christian community—are misconceptions.

How did you become interested in the subject of Heaven?

How did you become interested in the subject of Heaven?

In my book In Light of Eternity I tell several stories related to my moms death 19 years ago, the death of my closest friend about 10 years ago, and my fathers death three years ago.

How did you learn to love reading?

I learned to love reading through comic books Archie and Richie, Rich and Marvel (esp. Fantastic Four). But I was a DC fan, my favorites being The Justice League of America (Green Lantern was my hero) and The Legion of Super Heroes (go, Lightning Lad). From there I dove into science fiction and fantasy, spending my nights looking through my telescope, then coming to bed freezing cold and reading science fiction by flashlight under my covers, so Mom wouldnt see the light on.

I vividly remember forty years ago looking through the kids fiction section in the local library ...

How do you enjoy your family and the ministry?

How do you enjoy your family and the ministry?

I would encourage you to look for more ways at your church to delegate responsibilities to others, including other leaders—as Moses did—so that you are less the go-to guy for so many things. I commend you for putting your family first.

How do you prioritize everything that you’ve got going on? Do you ever feel like there’s never enough time in the day?

Yes, sometimes I really do struggle with how quickly time runs out each day. I try to focus on the Lord and His Word and figure out the few things in life He really wants me to do. I say no to 98% of invitations, and regularly decline things I really wish I could do. I’ve decided that if I am going to have time to write I will have to fight for it. Every day, including this one, offers me a hundred distractions, not just bad things, but good things. I tell myself that I must say no ...

How do you sense the leading of the Holy Spirit?

How do you sense the leading of the Holy Spirit? Is it through reading Scripture, a Scripture that comes to mind, or an idea that won’t go away?

How have you seen God use your books?

How have you seen God use your books?

While God has been gracious to bless all of my books with spiritual impact on people, Safely Home is one of them that has had particularly deep effects.

How old were you when you wrote your first book?

I started writing my first book, Christians in the Wake of the Sexual Revolution, when I was 29, and finished when I was 31.

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