I’m a skeptic. I’m not going to lie. Can we really trust the accounts of a child no older than my children when it comes to accounts about being in Heaven? Really? While I am late to the “Heaven is for Real” party (It’s been on the top of the charts for months), thanks to my friends at Booksneeze, I finally got the opportunity to find out for myself. After reading it, I’m a lot less skeptical…and that’s a good thing.
By now I’m sure you’ve heard the story of Colton Burpo. If you are not familiar, the almost 4 year old child had his appendix burst. After being misdiagnosed, it was finally discovered and the result was an emergency appendectomy. It is safe to say that the story almost ended right there. The fact that Colton is still alive is a miracle in itself.
But it didn’t end there…
In the days, months and years that followed, Colton began to reveal things to his parents about his near death experience. These were not stories of doctors and medicine. They were stories of a visit to Heaven. “3 minutes” according to Colton. Yet time was different so he had plenty of time to take in the sights, sounds and people. He tells stories of people he would have had NO WAY of knowing. This includes a sister that was never born and he didn’t even know about.
For those that have lost a loved one and are clinging to the hope they are in Heaven, this is a read that will confirm your hopes. While a very fast read, “Heaven is for Real” is filled with enough glimpses to make even the most skeptical pause for thought. Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent do an excellent job of supporting each claim with background information and stories. You will see how there is simply no way that Colton could put these visions together. It is remarkable.
I will admit that I read “Heaven is for Real” through a critical lens. I looked for loopholes and places to interject my skepticism. I didn’t find any. I found a peace in knowing my loved ones are right where they longed to be. I found an inner strive to make sure that I live in a way to join them one day. As Colton says, “and you’re gonna like it”.
I give “Heaven is for Real” a 5 out of 5.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me a free copy of this book as part of their bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”