Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Book Review: Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real is a thought-provoking book filled with hope. I was totally caught up in the story from one cover to the other. It starts with the not-quite-sequential, but skillful telling of a near tragedy and a little boy’s miraculous recovery just in time.

Normally, that would be the end of the story, but for Colton and his family, it’s where the story begins. A few months after his recovery, Colton casually mentions his visit with Jesus and how the angels sang to him. At first his parents think he had a sweet dream. Then they realize he knows things that he shouldn’t have known—like where they were and what they were doing while he was in surgery. They begin to question him, without leading him, to learn more about their son’s experiences on that day.

Todd Burpo, Colton’s father, tells readers the things that Colton said and why they were surprising to hear from a 4-year-old. He also quotes Scripture throughout, citing passages about heaven that match up with what Colton saw.

The book is a beautiful testimony, a biblical study of Heaven, and a joyful glimpse into what all Christians look forward to seeing someday. I’m sorry for all the Burpo family had to suffer before coming to such a place of blessing and joy, but I’m thankful they chose to share. As they said, through Colton, God gave them a gift. In this book, they let us enjoy it, too.
Thank you, Thomas Nelson Publishers, for sending this book for my review.

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