40 Questions About Heaven and Hell is another volume from Kregel Academic in the ongoing series 40 Questions About… (You can check out my reviews of three others in this series here (salvation), here (church) and here (ordinances).
Heaven and Hell is just as the title describes: Everything you wanted to know about Heaven and Hell yet had never had explained – all accomplished in 40 questions. And you might wonder how there can be forty questions. Author Alan W. Gomes, professor at Talbot School of Theology, is meticulous in his approach. He leads us through the ins and outs of the afterlife beginning with nine questions on “An Overview of the Afterlife.”
The book is divided into four parts, not all equal in volume. Part 4: The Eternal State is the longest covering half the “Questions,” and it is divided into two sections: The Eternal State for Believers and the Eternal State for Unbelievers (Hell). This is likely the Part that most readers will gravitate to first. For believers, it will serve as a basis for hope and a motivation for witnessing. The volume is also well footnoted and there are questions for reflection at the end of each chapter. He has obviously done a massive amount of research for this book.
Whereas other volumes in this series are informative and educational, this particular volume is sobering. Gomes is straightforward and very frank at times. Yet, at other times, when the biblical evidence is not totally conclusive, he is not afraid to so as with “What Happens to Infants Who Die?” You may or may not agree with all of his conclusions (they are written from a conservative viewpoint), however, he will certainly pique your interest and should get you to do some personal research. Gomes presents alternative viewpoints and then graciously refutes them and presents the biblical evidence for his view.
40 Questions About Heaven and Hell is a book for all believers, not just theologians and pastors. It should be required for all who claim the name of Christ. It is well-designed for a group Bible study.
Disclaimer: This volume was provided to me by Kregel Academic for a fair and honest review.