Book Review – Driven By Eternity by John Bevere
I’m doing a review for the audiobook version of Driven by Eternity from Audible.com.
John Bevere’s Driven by Eternity: Making Your Life Count Today & Forever is not for the spiritually squeamish. Yet it contains a message that has eternal consequences for everyone.
Too many people think it’s okay to recite the “Sinner’s Prayer,” ask Jesus to come into their hearts, and then go back to living their old lives without even thinking about developing a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Yes, it is faith that saves us, but as James chapter 2 says, “faith without works is dead.” Driven By Eternity urges you to start LIVING for Christ, and not just being complacent and living a lukewarm (or even cold) life here on earth.
And Christians are so focused on earthly matters that they often forget about the eternal treasures we lay up in Heaven. In Driven By Eternity, Bevere presents a clear, Biblical case for entering a deep relationship with God, following His will for our lives, and setting our sites instead on eternity.
Another HUGE bonus to this audiobook is insertion of the 2+ hour-long drama Affabel: Window of Eternity, also written by John Bevere. This is a professionally-recorded audio “movie” that is as good as any Hollywood film you’ve ever seen or will ever see, with top-notch voice actors, swelling orchestral music and sound effects. Affabel: Window of Eternity is a parable of five young people who live their lives in an “earthly” kingdom of Endel, and then are whisked away to the “heavenly” kingdom of Affabel where they stand in front of the Judgment Seat of the King (voiced by John Rhys-Davies, who played Gimli in Lord of the Rings and Salah in the Indiana Jones movies). This, of course, represents Christians standing in front of the Judgment Seat of our Lord and King Jesus Christ. Just this audio drama alone is life-changing, and is worth the price of this book!
Bevere reads his own book this time out (as his does for virtually all of his audiobooks). If you’re familiar with him through his ministry, Messenger International, then you’re probably heard him speak before. He’s a more than capable orator, and his voice and cadence come across smoothly, clearly and very naturally, almost to the point where it sounds like him speaking off the cuff and not reciting words off of a script on a computer screen. That, my friends, is a good thing, because I’ve endured enough audiobooks where the narrator is completely the wrong fit for the material.
If you chose to digest the material via Audible, or pick up a physical copy, I imagine that it will read the same (of course, sans the audio drama Affabel: Window of Eternity in a paperback version).
If you’re looking for a light, breezy read constantly patting you on the back and telling you what a great person you are in God’s eyes (like a Joel Osteen book), this ain’t it by a long shot. Driven By Eternity: Making Your Life Count Today & Forever is a jarring, compelling, challenging book. It is powerful and life-changing. Download this, commit to listening to it, and you’ll never be the same again.