Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Heaven is for Real, A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent (Thomas Nelson, 2010)
My little boy nodded as though reporting nothing more remarkable than seeing a ladybug in the front yard. "Yeah, Jesus was there."
"Well, where was Jesus?"
Colton looked me right in the eye. "I was sitting on Jesus' lap." (p.xix)
If you're curious about Heaven, this is a great read. If you are not curious about what happens after death, this is a worthwhile endeavor.
I read this book in two evenings. Fast paced, easy to read, and enjoyable. Of course, I didn't stop along the way to look up Scripture references provided by the dad of Colton, the child who described great details about his trip to heaven during a surgery.
Dad, Todd Burpo, is pastor at Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska. Burpo provides numerous accounts from the Bible that correlate with Colton's experience. Hard to believe, as seen through the eyes of a then four year old child. But then, without faith, Heaven is a hard concept to grasp. (Although most hope that it is real. Well, maybe some hope it is not real, because they are not ready and don't think they will get to go when their time is up.)
Still skeptical? Read the book. And then go a bit further and check out the DVD based study and participant's guide that goes along with Heaven is for Real, which includes Bible study about Heaven as given in the Good Book. Visit www.heavenisforreal.net and www.hifrministries.org for more information.
Done reading. Done blogging. Time to check out the Web sites.
That's where I'm headed next.