Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Book "Heaven Is For Real" by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

About the Book: 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.

About the Author: Todd Burpo is the pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska where his sermons are broadcast locally every Sunday via the local radio station. He volunteers at Chase County Public Schools as wrestling coach for Junior high school students, as well as serving as a member of the school board. 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. To support his family, Todd also operates a company called Overhead Door Specialists. Todd graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 1991 summa cum laude with a BA in Theology. He was ordained in 1994.

My Review: This is a very touching story of a boy that visits heaven when he undergoes surgery due to a burst appendix. He came out of surgery saying that he sat on Jesus's lap during the procedure. Then, he start telling little by little some details of his experience in heaven, telling his parents about things that he could not have possible known if it was not for a real supernatural experience, like meeting his grandfather that had died many years before he was born or meeting his sister that was never born due to a miscarriage he did not know about.
The author, pastor Todd Burpo, is the father of Colton, the boy with the near-death experience. He did a magnificent job in the description of Colton's stories, using Colton's own words. His style is light and enjoyable and keep us captive till the last page of his book.

This is the kind of book that you really want to read and want to believe in every word. That is what our faith is all about, reaching heaven.
This book was written by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent in 2010 and published by Thomas Nelson and they were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through their Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers Program. If you are reading this review, feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

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