Book Review - Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo and Lyn Vincent
Pastor Todd Burpo had no idea that his picture and
outlook on Heaven would change once his 4 year old son Colton was rolled into
the operating room for a life-saving surgery to correct an infected appendix. Heaven was about to become very real. As Colton recovered from the invasive
surgery he began to share glimpses of a journey he took to heaven and
back. Over the coming months Todd would
document the stories told by his son Colton. Stories that would bring hope and comfort to those who chose to listen
As I read this story I made two observations in
this easy to read true story. First,
Heaven is for Real is certainly not a book to rely on for a biblical picture of
heaven. I am in no position to determine if
Colton really did or did not go to heaven.
However I will say that some of the stories told left me scratching my
head and wondering if that was truely a match for what is presented in the
On a more positive note, my second observation is
that of a lesson learned from reading this book. A child’s faith is something to behold. Little Colton has no reservations or doubts
when it comes to the validity of heaven and life-after-death. I wonder, do I live with this type of
confidence from the knowledge I have gained in scripture? Whether the reader believes this story or
not, there is no disputing that the boy portrayed within the pages has a faith
that is strong and certain.
Heaven is For Real is not a hard book to read. While some may find it somewhat of a stretch
to believe, I choose to digest it for the lessons I can learn. I would recommend this book to people looking for a casual but interesting read.
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