Sunday, November 7, 2010

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo With Lynn Vincent

Book Description

A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven.
Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.
Colton said he met his miscarried sister whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us.
Told by the father but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready there is a coming last battle.

With a title like Heaven is for Real and that cute little fellow on the cover, I couldn't resist reading this book.  I have never read about or listened to any testimonies about out of body trips to heaven.  Having the story told from the point of view of a child really made me eager to read it.  I started this book one night at bedtime and finally put it down about 1 a.m. having read from cover to cover.  It was so easy to read.  I experienced every emotion that Todd Burpo and his wife felt as they described their ordeal.  But what I appreciated most about this book was the way Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent captured the childlike faith of Colton.  I could sense his innocent faith as they described what Colton said about Jesus and heaven.  It was such and encouragement to me and strengthened my personal faith.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting encouragement in their faith or possibly for someone wondering if God hears their prayers.  Although I wasn't sure what to expect, I am so glad I read this book.  The bible says in Matthew 18:3 "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

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