Have you seen Todd Burpo and his son on television talking about their book, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL? I just finished reading it.
About seven years ago, Todd Burpo, pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan Church, in small-town Imperial, Nebraska, found himself in a terrorizing situation watching his 3 year-old little boy's health deteriorate to the point of death. As a pastor he had seen near-death, and death, experiences up close and personal as he has ministered to young and old alike. He details in his book--the fear he had, the anger he felt, the desparation he went through as he witnessed this ordeal unfold with his very own son.
Colton awoke after surgery to clean up the poisonous explosion of his appendix inside his tiny 40-pound body, to relate stories of seeing angels, Jesus, God, and deceased family members he didn't even know he had. He describes details about leaving his body and seeing his father praying as the doctors operated on him. He tells where his mother was at the time and what she was doing. He relates facts that astound his parents, Todd and Sonja Burpo.
Todd, along with author, Lynn Vincent, share Colton's memories as they unfold in the Burpo's lives after Colton recovers. Little Colton periodically mentions people he saw in heaven while he was there. With child-like innocence and certainty, he relates things Jesus told him. Over and over his parents are amazed at the factual accounts he shares--things he could not possibly know, like his mother's miscarriage before he was born.
Through this poignant account of parents living with the greatest terror of their lives--a child on the verge of death, we find inspiration and hope. In an era when werewolves and wizards dominate booksales and movie screens, this book is a timely and refreshing peek into the mysterious reality of heaven. The reader is left to decide whether he wants to believe or not. For Christians, it may solidify the faith they already have in an eternal home, and give them greater peace about the unknown. To those who doubt, it opens the door to believe in a loving God who sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die so people on earth could see His Father in heaven.
Colton's story is heart-warming, and as others have written: "compelling, convincing, and beautifully written". Colton is absolutely adorable; his confidence coupled with his child-like innocence, makes this book all the more credible and real. Definitely well-worth the read. If you are looking for an uplifting book for someone wondering about heaven and all it might hold, Heaven Is For Real is an endearing book to give for Christmas. As a mother who has lost a baby who only lived a day, and a baby in miscarriage, and a son of 33 years, I can truthfully say this book added to some of the very thoughts I already cradle in my heart about my children being in the arms of Jesus--Heaven is indeed for real.
I want to thank Jeff Loper for the opportunity to review this book for Thomas Nelson Publishers. For more information you can visit HeavenIsForReal.net or Facebook.com/HeavenIsForReal. If you have any thoughts on heaven, Jeff suggests you make a video and upload it to their page located at YouTube.com/users/HeavenIsForReal so others can hear your story, too.