Author: Randy Alcorn
Publisher: Tyndale Publishers
length: 194 pp.
In his children's version of Heaven, Randy Alcorn attempts to answer
scores of questions that children (and many adults) have about Heaven. Most of
us have heard these questions in church, such as "will we know other people in
Heaven?" or "what will we be doing there?" Alcorn tries to appeal to Scripture
when devising his rationale, but at times his answers seem too simplistic,
relying on the argument that since the Bible doesn't directly address the
question, there is no reason why it can't happen.
For those seeking definite answers, that argument will prove to be unsatisfying,
and may create more questions than it answers. In other areas, Alcorn is on
firmer ground, and his explanations seem to be consistent with the thoughts on
Heaven contained in the New Testament. He also offers the theory that Heaven may
in fact be a new version of Eden on Earth.
Aimed at kids from ages 8 to 12, Heaven for Kids may prove to be helpful
for adults looking for a way to explain such concepts to their children. Some
younger readers may feel, though, that Alcorn has "dumbed down" his prose to a
level they may find insulting. It is a fine line to attempt to teach children of
that age while not having them tune you out because of the method. I would like
to see more proof behind some of his answers, and less of the "we can't rule it
Brian A. Smith
27 August 2007