Sunday, October 23, 2011

Book Review: Heaven is for Real for Kids

Last year about this time, I reviewed the book, Heaven is for Real. I loved it! And now I get to review the children’s version, Heaven is for Real for Kids. This book is absolutely precious. If you have young children, you must read it to them!

When Colton Burpo, now 12, was 4, he almost died. While in the hospital, he had an experience of visiting Heaven, talking with Jesus, meeting relatives who’d died, whom he’d never met, but who recognized and were happy to see him. After his experience, Colton knew things he couldn’t have known unless he’d actually visited Heaven. And his descriptions of what he saw there were consistent with what the Bible says, though a child his age wouldn’t have in-depth knowledge of biblical descriptions of Heaven.

The grown-up version tells the story from Colton’s father’s point of view. The children’s version tells kids, in Colton’s own words, what Heaven is like. Each page has a picture, a sentence or two about something Colton saw in Heaven, and a corresponding Bible verse. Colton himself told the artist how the pictures should look. Words, illustrations, and Scripture together paint a beautiful picture of Heaven, helping the reader anticipate going there someday. Colton’s story closes with a prayer for the reader to say.

The book opens with a letter to parents from Colton’s parents. It closes with a Q & A section giving parents more information about Colton’s experience. Heaven is for Real for Kids is a hopeful book for children and their parents to enjoy.

Thank you, Thomas Nelson Publishers, for sending a complimentary eCopy of this book for my honest review.

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