Heaven is for Real: Todd Burpo & Lynn Vincent (Thomas Nelson)

Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

I was a bit sceptical when I saw that this book was the true story of a 3 & a bit years old’s visit to heaven when he was undergoing surgery for a burst appendix. I was a sent a complimentary copy for review by Booksneeze.com. Despite myself I found myself enjoying this family’s testimony of how God looked after them in a very difficult period of their lives. The claims of little Colton do not contradict scripture, although one detail of people getting wings did throw me, even though he makes a clear distinction between people and angels. I enjoyed the childlike faith in God that Colton expressed that some many adults have lost. I loved that the angels sang to him during his operation because he was scared but refused his request to sing ‘We will rock you’. Finishing this book I longed that Colton’s testimony be proven to be true – God gave this family the reassurance that all things are in His hands, even when it looks like things are falling apart and perhaps he gave a small boy a glimpse of heaven to prove it to them. It made me wonder that if my image of heaven is true and if in my heart of hearts I really believe it to be real.

Revelation 4:2-3 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.

This heart-warming little book challenged me to remember that God is in his place on the throne of heaven, in control of all things, even when it seems like to us there is chaos. If heaven is not for real then the chaos and suffering we experience is without end or purpose. This little book is a hope giver and & certainly believe that ‘Heaven is for Real’.

One Reply to “Heaven is for Real: Todd Burpo & Lynn Vincent (Thomas Nelson)”

  1. This book is the story of a family’s journey through life, and the faith that they had to make it through the hard times. It also captures 11 year old Colton Burpo’s trip to heaven, where he met Jesus. Told by his dad, but using Colton’s simple words to describe the things he saw, this book was a very interesting read to get you thinking about a world we can not yet encounter.

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