What Prompted You to Write Your Book We Shall See God?

Question from a reader:

Have some things happened in your own circle of friends and family in the past few years that prompted you to write We Shall See God, an upbeat book on the topic of heaven?

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

My initial interest in Heaven began with my mother’s death in 1981. When my mom, who was also one of my closest friends, was dying, each day I would read to her the last two chapters of Revelation. I was thinking, “This is where she’s going. So what’s it like there?” That desire to research what God’s Word says about Heaven eventually compelled me to preach on the subject and later research the subject exhaustively and write my comprehensive book Heaven.

I quoted from Spurgeon here and there in Heaven, but I have since found a wealth of additional material about the subject in his sermons. Compiling his writings on the topic has been my happy task. When placed side by side, Spurgeon’s teachings about Heaven are some of the most poignant, moving, and biblically insightful I have ever read on the subject (and I’ve read over 150 books about Heaven).

As I write this, I’m two days away from turning fifty-seven, the age Charles Spurgeon was when he died. Whether I have thirty years or thirty days left in this life, I am profoundly grateful for how God has spoken to me through Spurgeon. I look forward to meeting Spurgeon in Heaven and thanking him face-to-face for his investment in the study of God’s Word and the careful communication of God’s truths. Above all, I look forward to meeting and beholding the glorified God-man: my Savior, my King, and my dearest friend.

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries