Although my eschatology book, A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology (Baker Academic, 2014), hasn’t hit the streets yet (that’s scheduled for November), the first review has appeared in Publishers Weekly (October 6, 2014), p. 6. It’s more like a brief notice than a full-fledged review, but it’s quite positive.
“Theologian Middleton tackles a huge question: is a glorious afterlife the best hope Christianity can offer, or does the promise of a new, redeemed Earth give humans hope for today? His biblically grounded answer is the latter. To make a convincing argument for what he calls ‘holistic eschatology,’ he goes through both testaments of the Bible, deep down to its Greek- and Hebrew-language roots, and also takes on the received wisdom of many a Christian hymn that extols the far-off heavenly shore. . . . The implications for lived faith are bold, and the air this brings into theological discourse about what God intends for human creation is fresh and bracing.”