Author: Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
Release Date: November 2, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Trade Paperback
Genre: Non-Fiction Religion
"Do you remember the hospital, Colton?" Sonja said. "Yes, mommy, I remember," he said. "That''s where the angels sang to me."
When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren''t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed-a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy''s trip to heaven and back.
Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery-and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.
With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how "really, really big" God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Colton''s uniquely simple words, Heaven Is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, "Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses."
Heaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child." (http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Heaven-Real-Little-Boys-Astounding-Todd-Burpo-Lynn-Vincent/9780849946158-item.html?ikwid=heaven+is+for+real&ikwsec=Home)
About the Author:
"Todd Burpo is the pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska (Population: 1,762) where his sermons are broadcast every Sunday via the local radio station. In emergencies Todd can be found working shoulder-to-shoulder with the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department as a fire fighter. He is also the chaplain for the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighter's Association. In addition, Todd works with an overhead door company. Todd graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 1991 summa cum laude with a BA in Theology. He was ordained in 1994.
Todd and his wife Sonja, who is a children's minister, busy pastor's wife, mom, and office worker at a local realtor, are the parents of Colton, now an active 12-year old, Cassie, his older sister, and Colby, his younger brother." (http://www.thomasnelson.com/consumer/AuthorDetail.asp?CreatorID=7231&name=Todd_Burpo)
I wanted to read this book because when I was still working at a bookstore, there was SO much hype about it. I am not usually one to follow the trends necessarily (I read what interests me or sounds good), but this book is so far out of my realm I thought I would give it a try. I have never before read a religion book, so this was a first for me. It was interesting to read, and actually quite easy to read. I sometimes have a hard time getting through non-fiction books because they can be very dry, but I whipped through this one pretty quickly. I don't honestly know what my feelings toward this book are. I am not religious and I do not believe in God, so I did not have any kind of emotional connection to it. Having said that, I was not thinking "this is so fake" the whole way through either. I hope, for other people's sake, that this is not a work of fiction, but I'm not really affected either way. I really just read this book to see what it was like and while it is not something I would pick up again, I suggest others who are curious give it a shot. Happy Reading!
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