Book Review: The Future of Everything by William Boekestein

vtd0plnEnd times is such a sticky topic that leaves people ignoring it. And Christians are giving it a bad name through books. Books are notorious in that it they present the last things as a conspiratorial that brings paranoia to people or a dry academic one that no one wants to read.

The Future of Everything brings out the true purpose of end times by providing a very practical and personal approach on this sticky topic. Like evidential apologetics books, I also skip these kinds of books because for me it will consume my reading time, I find it boring and go into a never ending debate over the millennium. The Future of Everything is not that kind of book (thankfully). This book will reinforce your need study the last things, examine yourself in light of eternity and ignites a zeal to work for the coming Kingdom now.

I’m completely sold out with the personal eschatology section. This is my favorite part of this great book. Boekestein placed it in the early part of the book which I’m glad he did. It’s like taking the reader to look at the microscopic view first then on the next section, Boekestein lets the reader peek at a telescope to see the big picture of  the end times.

Death and dying in an eschatology book are rare but in this book the author did  something penetrating to the reader. For me this is the highlight of this section that really get readers come to terms on how the end times and their personal end times (death) intersect.

Part 3 is where the general presents the discussion about the millennium and Christ return. This is the primer part of the book. The Future of Everything is more than a primer it an action book that will drive you to toil for the Kingdom while there is time (Part 4 discusses that).

William Boekestein did an outstanding job in every section of this book. I’m very satisfied with what he want to deliver in this book. Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

The Quotable Round-Up #112

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It’s the last month of the first quarter of the year. How’s you reading list? What books are you reading now? If you’re on the reading challenge of Goodreads it’s great. As for me I’m lagging ahead with a couple of books to read to catch up according to them. I hope I’ll do some fast reading next time.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from William Boekestein book The Future of Everything. If you enjoyed these quotes, please do purchase the book by clicking this link.

“No one is ready to die who is not entrusting their eternity to the eternal Son of God.”

“God doesn’t give us prophecy so that we can build elaborate time lines or speculate on the precise manner in which God will keep His word. He speaks about our future so that we will live faithfully in the present. He speaks to the contemporary audience to develop in us a robust vision for the end.”

“Every election cycle tempts us to either embrace the incoming leaders as messianic manifestations of God’s salvation or cower before the new regime as a sure sign of the end of the world as we know it. A balanced eschatology assures us that our current leader is neither our savior nor one of the riders of the apocalypse, nor was the previous leader, nor will be the succeeding leader.”

“Studying the last things is like getting to the end of a novel; the entire story begins to make sense. Abraham Kuyper noted that every other division of theology “left some question unanswered, to which eschatology should supply the answer.”

“God invites us to meditate on the future, not to speculate or altercate but to better share His perspective on this life and the life to come. And this is how we should study the topic. The way Scripture and the church’s historic confessions teach eschatology is much more like gazing upon a dazzling sunset than analyzing and describing the chemical properties of the sun.”

“Speculative eschatology is a sign of biblical illiteracy and spiritual immaturity. When it comes to the end times, we need to put childish ways behind us and listen to what God says.”

“Eschatology, the study of the last things, is a fancy word for something we all already do. All of us think about the end.”

 

The Digital Round- Up (Freebie Edition #2)

zkorsnzFor those who enjoyed the first edition of this special “The Digital Round-Up”, it back and with vengeance.  Number 2 delivers the best freebies that you can get. Free resources that will help you and your church. So please share this post to your friends so everyone will benefit on this. Till Freebie Edition # 3, God bless and enjoy!

Free Greg Bahnsen Apologetics Course – From the master himself courtesy of TGC, listen to Bhansen as he teaches apologetics.

Free “The Sovereignty of God” by A. W. Pink – A masterful work from Pink get this free ebook and learn the topic of sovereignty of God.

Free “A Display of God’s Glory” by Mark Devers in Tagalog – Mark Devers’ of 9 Marks ministry has a resource written in Tagalog. So enjoy this free book in our native tongue.

Free “The Quest for Comfort” audiobook by William Boekestein – It’s a children’s book in audio version based on the story of the famed catechism.

Free David Helm “One on One Bible Reading” Video Seminar  –  Videos and PDF discussion sheets of a seminar that promotes the Great Commission through one on one Bible reading.

Free “Proclamation Magazine” online and by mail – a magazine that tackles the false teaching of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church.

Free 140 pencil activities for kids – A collection of more than 140 pencil activities downloadables designed to teach kids to learn and enjoy the Bible.

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Reformed Children’s Books

Just recently I had this taste for children’s books. I’m interested on how to deliver the story and where the pictures will fit in that kids will easily understand important doctrines like salvation. I’m fascinated on how God uses simple stories and songs to reveal His love for them.  It started when I got involved with children’s ministry. Attending a Sunday School workshop (hosted by our main church) and being a trainee of Sis Wennie as she handles children’s Bible study fueled me up to try Children’s ministry. Also having a privilege to preach to our Children’s Sunday School Christmas Fellowship gave me a boost in considering this ministry. If I haven’t mentioned it yet I have a goal this year to have a children’s library for my church. So I’m soaked with the idea in children’s ministry. So far it was a blessing from God and lot’s of lesson learned. It opens me as a Christian that children:

1.) Are loved by God.

2.)  A constant reminder that entering God kingdom we need to have a child like faith.

3.) To show love and care for them for the gospel sake.

Anyway, so much for that. Last year, thanks to a couple of blogs, I found two unique audiobooks of Reformed children’s books. The books are available in hard copy on Amazon. It’s free to download and I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.

One is from Ligionier Ministries titled “The Barber Who Wanted to Pray” by R.C. Sproul. I was quite intrigue with the title it made me try download it anyway. R.C. Sproul himself narrates this 13 minute tale of Luther about prayer that for sure kids will appreciate it. Nice flow of the story.I love Sproul’s voice. I find it superb and older kids will be glued to it (and adults too). You can download it by clicking here.

Another is The Quest for Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg Cathecism by William Boekestein. This book got me thinking hmmm…a children’s book about the history of a catechism? That’s so odd for me. But all of that diminished when I heard the audiobook. A children’s book that is not only entertaining but informative. A true to life story of the 3 authors (Caspar Olevianus, Zacharius Ursinus, and Frederick III) and their journey in writing the catechism. Also let me shout it out: the artwork is excellent! It blew me off. Evan Hughes illustrations are amazing. You can watch the book trailer here and download the 16 minute audiobook here.

I hope you guys like these free audiobooks for kids. Buy the hard copy and give it to your kids. Make it a part of your children’s library. If God tugs your heart to serve children, heed to His calling.  Do it for your spiritual growth and for God’s glory. God bless you!!!