It is strange for Jake to visit Grandfather because Grandmother has died and the house seems empty without her. Both Jake and Grandfather are mournful, but Jake has a loving, wise Grandfather who helps him understand the grieving process. As these two enjoy being together and doing many things, Grandfather tells Jake about Jesus coming to save us and about what it is like to be in Heaven. An empathetic description of God’s offer of salvation provides a fitting closure to this grand book.
Ostensibly written as juvenile literature, Tell Me about Heaven will be avidly read by people of all ages. Best-selling author, pastor, and founder of Eternal Perspectives Ministries, as well as a father and grandfather, Randy Alcorn brings deep knowledge and a close relationship with his Savior to the writing of this book. At first an artist for big companies, Ron DiCianni now draws only for his Lord, illustrating often for Crossway, the publisher of this book. Also a father and grandfather, DiCianni draws on his background to present the artwork in Tell Me about Heaven. A wonderful book for the family, for anyone who has lost a loved one, and for all libraries, Tell Me about Heaven is also an art book. As well as enhancing the sensitive, wise narrative, each story-telling painting could be framed for use in home or church. – Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Novelist and theological analyst Randy Alcorn has written extensively about heaven for both adults and young people. Now, in Tell Me About Heaven, he successfully makes theology about heaven something even children can understand. With the help of magnificent paintings by master artist Ron DiCianni, Alcorn creates a story about a young boy named Jake who comes to spend time with his grandfather just four months after the grandmother has died.
Jake is sad that his grandfather cannot cook as well as his grandmother, and he misses her voice, the attention she gave him, and her friendly smile. He confronts his grandfather, asking why his grandmother had to die. To his shock, the grandfather says that he misses his wife dearly, but he would not bring her back even if he could. This is because she is now in heaven with Jesus, suffering no ailments and having fun with her relatives and friends who passed before she did.
This prompts Jake to ask his grandfather where heaven is, what it is like, who is there, and what the "new heaven" will be like after saints' spirits are reunited with their bodies back on earth. In separate chapters, the grandfather (called Papa) discusses the Garden of Eden, Christ's birth on earth, Christ's conquering of the tomb, and even what it is like to make the transition from earth to heaven at the time of death. Everything is done in story form with lots of interactive dialogue between Papa and Jake as they go fishing, out walking with the family puppy, or just sit together at meals. Sometimes Jake reads from Papa's Bible, and other times Papa tells biblical stories or events from his life. The information is positive, affirming, non-threatening, yet completely solid scripturally.
This book can be read a chapter at a time over a week or more, or it can be read in one long session. The color paintings of angels (some of whom are African), historical figures such as Abe Lincoln, wild animals, and Jesus are detailed, elaborate, and powerfully graphic. They add a lot to the overall impact of the book's narrative. This is a book that will not become dated quickly. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.com
Ten-year-old Jake struggles to understand his grandma’s death. But as he spends two weeks at his grandfather’s home, he is able to receive answers to his questions about Heaven.
As Jake and Grandpa fish, watch the stars, and take long walks, Grandpa shares what the Bible says about the reality and beauty of Heaven. As Jake learns the truth about Heaven, he begins to better understand and accept his grandmother’s death.
As readers uncover the truths in the dialogue between Grandpa and Jake, they will better appreciate the home that awaits all who place their faith in Christ.