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Most people would be left destitute if they planned their futures as carelessly as theyve prepared for eternity. Drawing on the principles in 2 Corinthians 5:911, John Bevere reminds us that all believers will stand before God and receive what they have earned in life. In building their lives to be ready for that day, and maintaining an eternal frame of reference, readersMost people would be left destitute if they planned their futures as carelessly as theyve prepared for eternity. Drawing on the principles in 2 Corinthians 5:911, John Bevere reminds us that all believers will stand before God and receive what they have earned in life. In building their lives to be ready for that day, and maintaining an eternal frame of reference, readers will develop significant lives. In keeping sight of the goal, readers will learn to labor for rewards that endurefor timeless eternity....

Title : Driven by Eternity: Making Your Life Count Today & Forever
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Driven by Eternity: Making Your Life Count Today & Forever Reviews

  • Kells Next Read
    2019-02-12 06:27

    This book was so spiritually enlightening and empowering. I benefitted from this book. A must read for all christians. Actual ratings ~ 4.5

  • Neil McKinlay
    2019-01-25 06:22

    Introduction John Bevere’s Driven by Eternity is reminiscent of what is arguably one of the most famous sermons ever preached: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758).When Jonathan Edwards first preached his now famous sermon on July 8, 1741, the response was amazing. The congregation in Enfield, Connecticut, where Edwards was a guest preacher, was filled with cries, shrieks, and moaning as people called out, asking how they could be saved. Edwards’s passionate warning had convinced them that they were desperately close to being thrown into the endless torment of hell.1 To be sure, hearing a sermon preached and reading a book are two different things. However they are not disconnected. For, infallible Scripture says, “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.” 1 Corinthians 1:21. Thus human wisdom believes that a) the act of preaching the Gospel is foolishness. And b) the Gospel message is foolishness. Therefore to the unconverted the publishing of Driven by Eternity is a foolish exercise – a complete waste of a tree! The aforementioned ‘foolishness’ being understood, John Bevere shows his readers Heaven while showing them Hell. It’s as if he is saying to the reader, ‘Look, here’s Heaven and there’s Hell,’ as he dangles them over the edge of the fire-filled pit – perhaps like a turkey roasting on a rotisserie spit. Jonathan Edwards did likewise to a group of church attendees many years before. Said Edwards to them: Your own wickedness weighs you down like lead and is dragging you down toward hell with great weight and force. Again, if God would let you go, you would immediately sink, quickly descending and plunging into the bottomless gulf. All of your health and personal care, all of your best schemes, and all of your own righteousness would no better support you and keep you out of hell than a spider’s web would stop a falling rock. No, we’re not reviewing Jonathan Edward’s sermon, but perhaps in a future edition of Driven by Eternity John Bevere might consider including the Calvinist Jonathan Edward’s Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God as Appendix C of his book. It would be so appropriate, and the response might have been ‘amazing.’ But three cheers to Bevere for shocking Christians into taking stock of their lives in relation to eternity.Premise & Content Driven by Eternity has an Introduction, thirteen chapters and two Appendices. Bevere uses a lengthy but interesting allegory to assist the reader in understanding eternity and the reader’s place in it. In order to have the reader from the very outset ponder eternity Bevere, in his Introduction, draws the reader’s attention to Sydney’s the late Arthur Stace.Stace, post conversion from a life ‘filled with petty crime and alcoholism,’ did something strange but remarkable. ‘Arthur would rise early each morning, pray for an hour, and leave his home between 5:00 and 5:30 A.M., to go wherever he felt God led him. For hours he would write one word, eternity, approximately every hundred feet on the sidewalks of Sydney.’ Thus, by arguing that Stace was a man ‘driven by eternity,’ Bevere immediately gets the reader to contemplate the deeper meaning of eternity. Then, for the purpose of illustrating the reader’s relation to eternity, Bevere begins his allegory. The allegory reflects Jesus, God the Father, Satan, the human being’s life on this earth, the heavenly city of God, and the dreaded lake of fire. It is a story well told. And, because of some of its characters therein, it can’t help but remind the reader of that great allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan (1628-1688).Like Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, Bevere in Driven by Eternity seeks to show the reader the many pitfalls encountered along the way by the Christian on his journey to the ‘Celestial City,’ or in Bevere’s case, Affabel, (i.e., the New Jerusalem). To a certain extent Bevere succeeds in his endeavour. He represents some of the various personalities commonly found in the worship community of God (i.e., church attendees), by use of descriptive names such as Independent, Deceived, Faint Heart, Selfish, Charity, and others. The sub-title of Driven by Eternity is Making Your Life Count Today and Forever. In Bevere’s own words: This is the focus of this book: Making your life count not only today, but throughout eternity. The Bible is clear about how to do this. If we are to be motivated by the eternal, let’s start off by getting an understanding of it. Then follows a couple of quotes from the Bible regarding eternity. Then he quotes a couple of contradictory dictionary definitions of eternity to illustrate that the understanding of many regarding this subject has become vague. Bevere holds to the premise that ‘We are saved by His grace.’ However, like the contradictory dictionary definitions regarding the meaning of eternity, Bevere holds a contradictory view to the already mentioned Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), and John Bunyan (1628-1688), regarding the meaning of being ‘saved by His grace.’ Likewise, Bevere also would be offside with John Newton (1725-1807) – the slave-trader who God saved by His grace. Thus, were Bevere to be consistent with his Driven by Eternity, he could not sing with conviction the well-know words of the hymn Newton penned post-conversion: ‘Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.’ For, according to Bevere’s take on salvation (as he espouses in Driven by Eternity) these words at best can only be understood as tentative. The Lord knows that we have no wish to denigrate the man John Bevere, but the reader needs to be alerted to Bevere’s faulty theological understanding as expressed in Driven by Eternity. In clear but blunt terms, Bevere has immersed himself in the peatbog of Pentecostal theology. His Driven by Eternity is a by-product of the labyrinth of the contradictory extremities of contemporary Pentecostalism. Bevere claims to hear and see ‘voices and visions’ – which he, without objective proof, alleges is God communicating with him one on one. He also gives unqualified but wholehearted endorsement of the ‘voices and visions’ experienced by others, for example, Kenneth Hagin.As one would expect from anyone trapped in the dark and dank dungeon of aberrant theology, the eerie sound of chain-rattling and chain-dragging contradictions to the clear ring and teaching of Scripture are heard too often in Driven by Eternity. Indeed, Bevere puts the whole Bible through the mincer of Dispensationalism. Alan Cairns warns us of one of the main pitfalls of Dispensationalism regarding the Gospel. Says Cairns,The most dangerous element in the dispensational scheme is that it affects the very basis of the gospel of salvation by grace alone, through faith in Christ. It posits the idea that man has been on probation all along and that God’s mercy is displayed in giving him a new trial after every failure, thus holding out the possibility of salvation by works of obedience…Thankfully, there is evidence that many dispensationalists are awakening to the failures of the system. Even in moving away quite radically from its fundamental tenets, they hold on to the name. But that name is too fraught with theological error. As Reginald Kimbo argues, dispensationalists must recognize the error, admit that it continues in the system, be clear on the soteriological effects of it, and entirely repudiate it. In the following we wish in particular to take issue with what is perhaps Bevere’s chief aberration: that those whom God has truly saved by His grace have the power to ‘walk away.’ Thus in Driven by Eternity Bevere builds his house upon the sinking sand of faulty premise For example, in reference to John 10:28-29 Bevere has ‘Jaylin’ (who represents the Lord in his allegory) state the following:No one can pluck you out of my hand, but I never said you couldn’t walk away. You alone hold that power. Thus the premise and content of the book is a lengthy apology or defence for the false and demoralising doctrine that someone who is truly saved by the grace of God is not truly saved at all!Faulty Conclusions Drawn from Faulty TheologyThe upside of Driven by Eternity is that Bevere occasionally pops his head out of the murky swamp-water of faulty theology to breathe fresh air. His book seems to be a genuine attempt to deal with the ‘Decisionistic Easy Believism’ of Pentecostalism – a culture which has been steeped since its inception in a theology attended by ‘Altar Calls’ and a ‘Sinner’s Prayer’ – whereby people, because they have repeated the ‘Sinner’s Prayer,’ are told that they have now become Christian converts. Says Bevere: Not only are those who’ve never heard, or refuse to believe the Gospel in bondage, but many typical ‘converts’ of this generation are in bondage as well. We’ve created this dilemma by neglecting to proclaim the cost of following Jesus. Many assume they are free but in reality aren’t and the evidence is in their lifestyles. We wholeheartedly agree with Bevere’s statement just quoted, for Scripture speaks of ‘bad trees’ producing ‘bad fruit’ or ‘evidence’ of non-conversion. Whereas ‘good trees’ producing ‘good fruit’ is ‘evidence’ that the Holy Spirit has regenerated that particular individual. ‘Good fruit’ is the result of the Spirit working in the Christian’s heart. Take as an example of this the following verse of Scripture, ‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.’ Galatians 5:22-23a. Therefore, the true Christian ought to be confident in the promise of God that ‘He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.’ Philippians 1:6. The fruit in the Christian’s life is not only the ‘evidence’ of the Christian’s regeneration, but, more importantly, it indicates that that God is true to His Word and that it is God who has all the power of salvation and not the Christian. For, it is God who begins the ‘good’ work. The Christian is powerless – being beforehand in bondage to sin, self, and Satan. If indeed God has begun a good work in someone’s heart, it is not the Christian who will complete it, but Almighty God. Therefore the Christian does not have the power to ‘walk away,’ i.e., pluck himself out of the Lord’s hand as Bevere alleges.To teach a loss of salvation is nonsense because God does not convert ‘bad trees’ into ‘bad trees.’ Rather He only ever converts or changes ‘bad trees’ into ‘good trees.’ And since ‘good trees’ (i.e., true coverts) produce ‘good fruit’ (by the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through them) these ‘good trees’ don’t produce ‘bad fruit.’ Therefore, a ‘good tree’ cannot reject God because rejecting God would be extremely ‘bad fruit.’ Thus rejection of God is clear evidence of being unconverted regardless of any prior seeming conversion.In the Parable of the Sower Jesus illustrates what Bevere is mistakenly portraying as a loss of salvation. ‘A sower went to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.’ When He had said these things He cried, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear!’Then His disciples asked Him, saying, ‘What does this parable mean?’ And He said, ‘To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.‘Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among the thorns are those who, when they heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.’ Luke 8:4-15. Notice that the parable does not speak of anyone losing salvation. Rather, the parable indicates, that there are those who, though they seem to be numbered among the saved, prove to be otherwise. No doubt this is why Scripture says, ‘Do not lay hands on anyone hastily…’ 1 Timothy 5:22a. It comes as a shock and is bewildering for a Christian to see another who was so ‘full on’ for Christ ‘walk away’ from Him. But, in light of the Parable of the Sower we ought to expect to see this from time to time. Bevere invokes Hebrews 6:4-6 to prove his allegation that true Christians can lose their salvation. But we interpret Scripture by Scripture. Therefore keep in mind the Parable of the Sower as you read what the writer to the Hebrews says:For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.’ Hebrew 6:4-6. Hear again what Jesus said regarding some of those who have ‘tasted the good word of God’ but have fallen away: ‘The seed is the word of God… The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among the thorns are those who, when they heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity…’ Thus some ‘fall away.’ The Apostle John speaks of those who ‘… went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be manifest, that none of them were of us.’ 1 John 2:19. Then later in 1 John 5:19, he says, ‘There is a sin leading to death. I do not pray that he [i.e., Christians] should pray about that.’ 1 John 5:16b. In the following, Martin Duffield refers to those who have tasted ‘ the good word of God’ but have rejected it, i.e., those who have ‘walked away’ from Christ, as the ‘terminally sinful’: The terminally sinful, for who Scripture says we should no longer pray are men and women who have known the truth but have now turned from it, they have known the law of God and will not now submit to it and who have heard the call to love one another as Jesus loved us but now refuse. In these things it would appear that they have crossed the line and belong to that dreadful category captured in the words of Hebrews six, ‘it is impossible to renew them.’ Conclusion There are many gold nuggets in Driven by Eternity, but it is such a pity that the reader has to crawl around in the decayed and dangerous mineshafts of Dispensationalism and Arminianism to find them! Bevere’s challenge for Christians to live godly lives by keeping God’s Commandments is heartening. His exhortation to do so in order to secure a good seat in eternity is not – although we thank him for the timely reminder that as Christians we ought to be thinking in terms of eternity. However, as Christians we ought to serve the Lord ought of love and gratitude for the salvation He has purchased for us on Calvary’s cross. We ought never to presume upon His grace as we strive to love Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength, and all our mind, and love our neighbour as ourself. It was a delight to read in Driven by Eternity of a Heaven that is a real and solid place for real and solid (saved) human beings. And it was good to read about the real and solid New Earth to which the real and solid New Jerusalem descends. Yes, there are some aspects even of these things where we’d beg to differ with Bevere on the basis of Scripture. For example, Bevere speaks of a resurrected Christ who walks through solid walls. However, this is nowhere taught in Scripture. Indeed great care needs to be taken here not to confuse the two natures of Christ and have the divine nature absorb the human nature of Christ even for a moment. Bevere then ascribes the same divine attributes to resurrected Christians in order for them to do likewise regarding solid objects and also to traverse vast distances at the speed of light by their own power. This is to distort the true nature of man even in his glorified state. To be sure, the resurrected saint will have immortal and incorruptible qualities, but as God always remains God so man will always remain man.

  • Barbra
    2019-02-02 06:30

    I took my time reading this book. John Bevere is truly an inspiration to Christians everywhere. Man, would I ever like to sit down and talk to him personally. Bevere doesn’t shy away from the topics of sin, judgment, hell and salvation. Bevere writes: “We determine how we will build, and we have two major choices in our constructing every moment of our life. One is to gravitate toward the temporal, that which appeases the flesh (wood, grass, or straw). The other is to live in line with our born-again spirit’s desire, the eternal Word of God (gold, silver, and precious stone). How we build, or how we live our lives, will determine how we fair when the fire of His presence examines our work.”One of the most important things that I became enlightened to in reading this book, is that "faith" is not something that we reach for, but is is something that we "release".I highly recommend this book. I,too, believe that there will be many shocked Christains when we stand before Jesus Christ on Judgement Day!

  • Tirzah
    2019-02-13 10:37

    Profound yet simple. Absorbing. Challenging. Sobering. Even though I know the truths presented in the book, I still found it to be a very good reminder to stop and carefully look at where my priorities are focused and what the true motives in my heart are. It has made me want to make sure I am completely sold out for Jesus and to be more mindful in everything I do, think and say, remembering that it all counts in light of eternity. There's absolutely no place for laziness, half hearted relationships, living for self and living life without an eternal perspective and purpose so it was a very motivating book and an excellent book that I think every Christian should read.

  • John Majors
    2019-02-20 07:34

    So at one level I found this book incredibly inspiring. The volume of scripture quoted was a huge encouragement. He even quoted often from the apostolic fathers! That's rare but refreshing. But I also felt at times he spoke authoritatively about some of the personal words he received from God, as if they were true for everyone and the exact interpretation of the verses he quoted. Thus some of the points were a bit overstated. The opening drama illustrates this in some subtle ways. So I wouldn't want to recommend this book to everyone - especially a new believer. I think it requires maturity to absorb appropriately (I think I just called myself mature... that's not what I meant). At the end of the day, I'm glad I read it and will read it again. The main thrust of the book: to live in light of eternity and not let the values of our world dictate our priorities... that's a message I can't hear enough.

  • Elizabeth Taylor
    2019-01-30 04:36

    This is possibly the most life changing book I have ever read. It's helped me change my priorities and world view. The writing is simple without diminishing the content, you can almost hear Johns voice reading the book.I am particularly appreciative that each chapter built on the preceding one, and the thoughts were based solely on Gods word. Because of this book, I am more focused on living each day with eternity in mind. Seeking to bring Him alone glory.Finally, the allegory is simply spell binding. I could almost image myself in Affabel.

  • Clara Chung
    2019-02-16 05:18

    filled with TRUTH.and gives me the urgency to spread the gospel.As I finish this as high school ends I'm filled with regret for not being more faithful and exemplifying God's image. All these names pop up in my head as I read this book.

  • Cynthia Hernandez
    2019-02-23 04:36

    I closed this book feeling as though I had just received the biggest pep talk and kick in the rear simultaneously. The author consistently peels back the layers of scripture realigning the grey areas of earth vs. eternity to reveal the big picture of who we are and what our purpose is in the Kingdom. A must read!

  • Krzysiek Troszczyński
    2019-02-21 03:31

    If you may to read only one book (except Bible itself) in your life, read John Bevere's "Driven By Eternity". Half of this book is allegorical story that reminds parable of sheep and goats, the other half is Bible-teaching about eternal destination, eternal rewards and judgements. It's not the best book I've ever read, but is one of most valuable! Why? Because our life and eternity absolutely depends on our proper knowledge and understanding of God's purposes and callings. Don't waste your life, don't waste your talents and today choose the future God destined you to achieve. This book will help you in it!

  • Jamie Johnston
    2019-02-10 10:43

    I read this book many years ago and for some reason it has always stuck in my head. Wanting to read it again, thinking about buying it again, thinking for days on the name of the book so I can do one or more of these things. I think there is certainly a reason why this book has stuck by me for so long.

  • JC
    2019-02-22 08:33

    This was a very sobering book. I needed to hear it. Some parts seem harsh, but it is a wake up call to the Church. It reminds us that our life here affects Eternity. We have to think about that very seriously.I will have to listen to it again.

  • Pat Patterson
    2019-01-31 07:28

    Our pastor is doing a foundational teaching on making disciples as THE calling in the life of every believer. He recommended 'Driven By Eternity' as a book he would like for every member of the church to read.I wish I didn't have to make it clear that he has no financial interest in doing so, but I think I need to. Those of us who chose to follow through purchased the books through any outlet we chose. We DID get an email directing us to some discount sources, and to one ministry which with provide the book for whatever you can afford, but our church maintains open financial records, and we don't get any kickbacks. I read a lot of eBooks, and I provided the church with the link for the Kindle version, which is the least expensive alternative (apart from used copies).I know that my entire belief system is profoundly affected by the time and fashion I came to the Lord. I was a new (and weak) Christian in high school when 'The Late, Great Planet Earth' was published in 1970. I attended the Campus Crusade for Christ meetings then, and the first retreat program I ever attended was all about the nearness of the end of times. Therefore, I have always carried with me a sense of immediacy, of urgency, about my salvation. While in the Army, I was a member of a tight fellowship of Christian believers, who reached out to each other for support in an environment that was hostile. After the army, I was a part of a fledgling Christian community, where we held all property in common. That intense focus has remained an integral part of my understanding of who I am, and my place in the kingdom.As the years went by, my lifestyle expanded. I went to college, and that took up time, as did the career I entered after my second degree. Through it all, though, with time off for bad behavior, the church remained the center focus of my social group, and I was determined that my relationship with Christ came first.Therefore, Bevere's work seems to me to be true, but not shocking. I think it's important, because it stands against two conflicting examples of bad teaching and preaching.On one extreme, sermons emphasizing hellfire and damnation drove people not to experience salvation so much as to buy spiritual fire insurance. The didn't particularly want to go to Heaven, but they sure didn't go to Hell. Against that, Bevere teaches:"If you love God, you will have no trouble keeping His commandments! If serving God is an obligation, you have entered into a legalistic relationship, and it will be hard to keep His commandments. We should not serve God to earn His approval; we should serve God because we are in love with Him!" (pages 135-136).On the other extreme is the idea that because God loves and forgives, it doesn't really matter what we do. That seems to be the more common message today. Bevere has this to say:"This keeps us under the awareness that every thought, word, and deed will be made manifest at the judgment. Having this consciousness keeps us humble, cautious, sober-minded, tender, and aware of temptations to disobey." (page 144) He is speaking about the Lordship issue; he is referencing the fact that God is the supreme and righteous authority over our lives.Both of these are essential. God is our Father in Heaven. Last night, I watched my two young grandsons frolic with their daddy, who is my firstborn son. It was clear that they loved him and craved the interaction. However, it was also clear that they respected his authority. When one of them would get too loud, or play too rough, and he corrected them, they immediately modified their behavior ( at least for the moment!). There is a truth in that interaction about our relationship with Father God: love, excitement in His presence, and first-time obedience.These are essential concepts; for me, they are mostly not new revelations.My personal take-away is this: am I complacent about whether or not my works will endure? Having committed my life to God, am I sitting idle, and not giving Him honest work He deserves? That's not a one-time answer, but I hope that my local church will help me to be a worthy worker.

  • Chantel
    2019-02-13 10:39

    This book is rightly powerful about the TRUTH waiting for us in eternity. How you are living matters, it isn't based on 'free grace theology' that seems to be perpetrating the churches today. I had a couple issues with this book, however. The author had EVERY opportunity using only antidotes and TRUTH from scripture to express his very important message. BUT, instead he filled the book with near death experiences and visions he, his wife and others all had. I do not judge NDE's because I have no proof or disproof of them happening since I have never partially died and I whole heartedly believe God gives us visions, but to state his visions with such conviction of truth when some I believe were not even biblical (like one in which a man was instructed in a vision from God to NOT PRAY FOR THE SALVATION OF A STRAYED CHRISTIAN) made me highly dislike this book. I would love to use the TRUTH in this book (which is why it still received 3/5...maybe even 3.5/5 stars) for Christians who were still walking in their life of sin. The Visions and NDE's he felt like he had to use to prove his point (points that were made perfectly well and clear using just the Word of God) make me want to give this book only to a Christian with high discernment to judge such things with the aid of the Holy Spirit and against the light of the Word of God. So - read with a prayerful heart for discernment - and for your friends looking for the same truth at a more point blank range - Check out Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman.

  • Jess McGlothlin
    2019-02-23 10:46

    *****AUDIOBOOK REVIEW****************3 stars, Mainly because it isn't a light read and can be fairly convicting :P But it's important to be convicted at times. Negatives:- I did feel more focus could have been given on God's grace and how through Christ alone are we saved. This is of course mentioned, but it felt like the majority of the weight was on man choosing God not the other way around. There's a balance.- Sometimes it felt like the focus of the author was for Christians to do good works on earth so that we get bigger mansions in heaven. I would have preferred more of an emphasis on doing good works because that's what we are called to do and because we love God. (He definitely mentions this as reasons, but I felt at times he was appealing to our human motives.)- At certain points in the book I got really stressed. I don't think God wants us to stress over whether or not we are saved. He wants us to have confidence and peace. Positives:- The allegory at the beginning was well done on the audiobook with professional voice actors. - The author gives several examples and plenty of Scripture to support his points which I really liked. Overall, I'd recommend this book because it gets you thinking, but there were portions I was unsure of the author's take.

  • Álex Oliva
    2019-02-13 05:42

    Este libro es una constante invitación al autoanálisis de nuestras propias vidas, lo concordante que son (o no son) nuestras acciones y actitudes respecto del cristianismo que decimos profesar, confrontando nuestros paradigmas con lo que efectivamente Jesús predicaba.La eternidad está plantada en nuestros corazones , por tanto no hay justificación para quienes se niegan a creer que Dios efectivamente existe y que una vez acabada nuestra vida, nos enfrentaremos su juicio, que es siempre justo. Esto, más que palabras amenazantes para los inconversos, es un potente llamado de atención para nosotros los creyentes, pues está en nuestras manos el destino de los muchos que Dios ha puesto a nuestro encargo y por los cuales tendremos que rendir cuentas . Es precisamente esto último lo que nos muestra la alegoría del Reino de Affabel y la vida en Endel. Si bien, a lo largo del relato se presentan algunas reflexiones y conclusiones que van en oposición a mi pensamiento teológico, en lo verdaderamente esencial, Guiados por la Eternidad no falla.

  • Nathan Whitley
    2019-02-05 04:21

    The only word that comes to my mind is 'disappointment.' I had high hopes for this book considering how much I enjoyed the Bait of Satan. Not only that the 10th anniversary edition has an amazing cover, and I'm a sucker for good graphics and font. However, this book was a huge disappointment. There is a reason why I don't read many charismatic authors, they usually have poor exegetical practices. And they put too much emphasis on visions and dreams than relying on the authority of Scripture. However, my biggest compliant is Bevere's allegory throughout the book. Had I known this was a book based on an allegory then I would not have bought it. Because, this is nothing more than Bevere's poor attempt to emulate Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. Read Pilgrim's Progress before you read this. The publisher should have added that this was an allegory somewhere on the cover. Other readers may enjoy this book, and glean some great insights. However, you'd be better off reading Pilgrim's Progress.

  • Missie
    2019-02-13 09:35

    This book will wake you up. It says everything you read in scripture but choose to ignore. These were my take-outsYou will to hold the idea of salvation by grace (eph 2:8) and working out your salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12). You're halfway there. Grasping eternity is beyond the scope of the human mind, and the result of that is you don't spend your life focusing on getting it right. Hence: Driven by eternityThe other thing is to dread God (Isaiah 8:13). He will judge as He promises to-John 5:22/Eccl 12:14/ 2Cor5:10/ Acts 17:31/ Rom 2:16/Rom 14:10The idea that obedience is what pleases God and not good results or a smooth trouble free life😀. In this age, the end is all that matters, how many 'good deeds' -if you saved 1,000 by becoming a pastor, while you were called to be a market place evangelist-it's meaningless. It will go up in smoke even while you may be saved. 1Cor3:13-15. It's built in vain Ps 127. Loved this book. Full of scriptural wisdom

  • Linda, The Industrious Homemaker
    2019-02-14 06:45

    In a day of politically correct churches and a watered down gospel, this book will set you straight on what the Bible does say and the consequences of the way we think and live this life - for good and for bad. I have gone from church to church looking for one that preaches what I read in the Bible. I can find none in my city. I found one in a neighboring city. I thought I was alone in my beliefs until I read this and realized that even I have work to do to come in line with the Scriptures. This book is clear. Much of it is Scripture just written in a way that it flows to understanding. Then the story Affebel, wow! If you're a story person, this will drive home all the truths from Scripture Mr. Bevere has written about in the other portion of the book. I highly recommend getting the audio version of Affebel, too.

  • Anne
    2019-02-19 02:23

    If give this book 5 stars because it impacted my perceptions of the whole counsel of the Scriptures so profoundly. This message is so so so helpful in giving me a balanced view of the judgment of the Lord. The allegory of Affabel is so powerful. I downloaded the allegory so that my family can listen to it too. I only give it 4 starts however because sometimes, Mr. Bevere can get a little wordy in making his points and sometimes he states something very black and white. I understand the heart of what he's trying to say in those moments, but a less mature Christian might walk away with a belief that their Eternity really is works based. That being said though, thank you so much for this book John Bevere!

  • Melody Kong
    2019-02-18 04:34

    This book put me back to focus upon seeking God & ponder what is my actual purpose & destiny of life that God has in store for me. It reminds me & bring me back to seek the real purpose of my life rather than life is just eating, playing, going after material gains etc. As I read, I began to sense the fear of Lord coming upon me & want to know what is the destiny that God has in store for me. It is a wake up call for me to see things in a bigger picture - that the time I have here on Earth is so small as compare to my life in eternity. If there is only 1 book that you have to read, then it would definitely be this book!

  • Dale Shafer
    2019-01-28 05:37

    Thought and conversation provoking; yet, many places where I questioned some of the attributes of heaven, hell, and the judgment, as described by the author. It would add that it would benefit the reader to have a strong Scriptural foundation, or if not, a curiosity to read the text and search Scripture for deeper understanding. Glad I read this book, though I remain skeptical in a few areas. However, it is very important to consider our lives in the lens of eternity- what are we doing with the time we have been given here on this Earth... and how is it making a difference in others for the benefit of the Kingdom?!?

  • Ken Bruggeman
    2019-02-09 06:31

    This book was life changing. Cliche way to phrase it I suppose, but true non-the-less. John opened truths to things that I have never known and have forever changed my perspective in walking through this life. This was a book that I couldn't read fast enough, but I forced myself to stop every few pages and reflect on what was written and apply it to my life. I highly recommend this book especially if you walk through life, confidently, but knowing there is something missing, something not quite right, something in the quietest places of your heart that know there is more to be lived. It will change the way you see the world around you and everyone in it.

  • Chad Miller
    2019-02-06 09:40

    Mr. Bevere’s primary message in this book could have been communicated equally well in about 15 focused pages. Though his message of keeping our eyes set on eternity is a useful one, he does so in an unconvincing manner. Allegories are usually used to help shed light on a subject from a new angle, while his extensive allegory (which is the focus of this book) approached the subject of eternity and judgement from an angle very familiar to most evangelicals.To sum it up, my favorite page of this book was the back cover.

  • Lauren
    2019-01-31 10:27

    John Bevere wrote this message in such a way that I was blown away at its simplicity as well as its spiritual weight. I am changed for the better after reading this book. "Driven by Eternity" has revealed such basic and biblical truth to me and has also inspired me to make changes to my life so that I am living for eternity.

  • Terre Kaiser
    2019-02-14 08:44

    Love the allegorical beginning, but not sure I appreciate the "visions" he talks about in the following chapters. Since moving beyond the visions, the book is remarkable again. Almost put it down after the visions, but definitely going to finish it.He keeps referring back to the visions individuals had of "seeing heaven or hell after they died and came back to life." I don't believe it happens...disappointing.

  • Kelsey
    2019-01-28 06:40

    Just what I needed to hear!I love that this book challenges some things that I had taken for granted. It has made me take a closer look at my relationship with God AND my relationships with others. I feel a renewed energy at living my life to the fullest.

  • Peter Nathanael
    2019-02-15 02:29

    This is one of the most basic books that every Christian should read. Especially in today's time when there is a need for getting in the right perspective and balanced views in regard to Christian theology and Christian living.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-23 04:23

    It got me!Eternity is real. One day we will all stand before Him - believe it or not. This book explains deep truths in a captivating allegory. Then the author explains with sound biblical teaching. It would be a mistake not to read his.

  • Kay
    2019-02-01 02:31

    This was a really thought-provoking book of basic, sound biblical teaching on eternity. There was an extended parable which I wasn't entirely convinced worked, but for a reminder and clarification of foundational truths on judgment, rewards and our eternal destiny it was really worth reading.

  • Amy
    2019-02-15 02:25

    This book wrecked me in the best way possible. Made me rethink my entire existence.