Dr. John Blanchard is an internationally known Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author. He has written 30 books, including two of Britain's most widely used evangelistic presentations, Right With God and the booklet Ultimate Questions. The latter has over fourteen million copies in print in about 60 languages. His major book Does God believe in Atheists?, published in 2000, was voted 'Best Christian Book' in the 2001 UK Christian Book Awards, and immediately became a best-seller, described as 'a brilliant defense of belief in God'. Other books he has written include: Truth for Life, Whatever Happened to Hell, Meet the Real Jesus, Beatitudes for Today and Major Points from the Minor Prophets and The Hitch-hiker's Guide to Heaven.
Dr. Blanchard is now heavily committed to Popular Christian Apologetics, a project involving writing, speaking, teaching and broadcasting in defense of the Christian faith. Following on from Does God Believe in Atheists? further books in the series include, Has Science got rid of God?, Is God past His sell-by Date?, Meet the Real Jesus, Is Anybody Out There?, Where Do We Go From Here?, Evolution: Fact or Fiction?, Why Believe the Bible?, Why on Earth did Jesus Come?, Why the Cross?, JESUS: Dead or Alive?, Anyone for Heaven? Click here to find out more about this project or browse the links on the right.
John Blanchard is a member of Banstead Community Church, located in the Surrey village in which he lives.
John Blanchard's wife went to be with the Lord on 17 February 2010.
You can listen to the Thanksgiving service for the life of Joyce Blanchard by clicking on the links below.
HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
From the Preface: The title of this book was triggered off by The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the zany science fiction comedy series created by the English dramatist Douglas Adams (1952–2001). Sometimes abbreviated to ‘H2G2’, it eventually spawned six novels, several stage shows, three series of comic book adaptions, a Hollywood film and a computer game. Douglas Adams was firmly convinced that God did not exist. He called himself not merely an atheist, but a ‘radical atheist’, one who was absolutely sure that his position was valid. The well-known atheist Richard Dawkins dedicated his 2006 anti- God diatribe The God Delusion to Adams, describing him as ‘my cleverest, funniest, wittiest, tallest and possibly only convert’. The idea of two leading atheists pointing me towards the title for a book that glories in the reality of a God who is ‘from everlasting to everlasting’ (Psalm 90:2), who tells us that ‘heaven is my throne’ (Isaiah 66:1) and who promises that those who trust him will ‘dwell in the house of the LORD for ever’ (Psalm 23:6) was more than I could resist—so The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to Heaven it is.
‘John Blanchard has written a full book. Full of Christ. Full of Scripture. Full of wisdom. Full of comfort. Full of hope. Full of interest. If you have longed for a book that answers your questions about heaven, makes you eager to go there and tells you how to get there, you have found it in this full book. Read it, heed it and travel happily to heaven through the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ.’
Roger Ellsworth, Pastor, Parkview Baptist Church, Jackson, Tennessee
‘Unlike some others, John Blanchard makes no claim to have been to heaven yet--not even briefly. But the truth is that in The Hitch Hiker's Guide to Heaven he provides us with something far better than speculations or personal experiences--a crystal clear, vibrant, biblical, Christ-centered, and at times quite beautiful, explanation of what heaven is and how to get there. Instead of personal speculation and experiences we are pointed to the revelation God has given to all his people. The result is a deep sense reliability and a joyful satisfaction in the anticipation of both heaven and the promised resurrection.
Manageable in size, easy but elegant in style, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to Heaven is a book of quiet but evident and joyful assurance because it points the reader to the (alas too often ignored or neglected) heart of heaven: being with Christ. Readers of Dr Blanchard's books have come to expect this focus from him. Far from disappointing us he has given us another "must read."
Sinclair Ferguson, Theologian and Author
‘Typically, John Blanchard has dug deep into his subject. This will make you long for the time when the invisible becomes visible, the unknowable knowable, and the unimaginable a reality. But, again typically, we are not allowed only to hope and long – there are some serious implications and John challenges us to face up to them.’
Brian Edwards, Preacher and Author
‘The Bible commands us to set our minds and hearts on things above. Without hope our hearts grow sick. We are so earthbound that we need help to meditate on heaven. Yet so much said today about it is based on speculation or claims to personal revelation. John Blanchard avoids these pitfalls and grounds his teaching on heaven on the solid ground of the Bible. One need not agree with everything he says for this book to enlighten your mind and renew your hope. He helps pilgrims on earth to peer at the Celestial City through the telescope of Holy Scripture. What we see ravishes the heart!’
Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
‘Comprehensive, informative, thorough and reassuring, full of illustrations and great quotations. Easy to read, this will replace any wishful thinking about the future, with informed confidence based on timeless Scripture.’
Charles Price, Senior Pastor, The Peoples Church, Toronto, Canada
‘In the Introduction John Blanchard writes, “I have for some time sensed the need for a . . . book setting out basic biblical teaching on the subject (of heaven) arranged in such an accessible way that it will stimulate those whose ‘citizenship is in heaven’ (Philippians 3:20) to look forward with growing enthusiasm to going home. Such a book should also encourage them to live in a way that reflects their destination and encourages others to join them. The pages that follow are my attempt to meet that need.” In The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to Heaven John Blanchard has more than succeeded in achieving these two goals. The volume is saturated with Scripture, studded with apt quotations, and is written with the simplicity, clarity, and authority we have come to associate with his preaching and writing. As a pastor I am regularly and intimately involved with people who are facing death or who have lost a loved one and I am staggered by the fuzzy, unbiblical thinking about death and heaven. I can’t wait to put this volume in their hands, and to use some of what John has written in my preaching.’
Leigh Robinson, Senior Pastor Rosebank Union Church, Johannesburg, South Africa
‘This book, filled with real life stories and illustrations, brings the sublime realities of eternity and heaven into sharp focus. It is convicting to realise that we spend so little time thinking about the one place for which life on earth is but a brief period of preparation. Read this book, and let John Blanchard lead you by the hand and give you a panoramic view of what John Bunyan called the Celestial City so that you really long for heaven!’
Conrad Mbewe, Pastor, Lusaka Baptist Church, Zambia