Review of :
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
This book is just the most incredible story. It is a very quick & enjoyable read, too. You won't be able to put it down. Colton, is the 4 year old son of a pastor, who has a near death experience and, over time, begins to tell his parents small bits of what he experienced. The writing completely captures the sweet innocence of the little boy who seems to believe that his experience it not out of the normal at all. His parents, of course, are quite at a loss with what to do with Colton's new knowledge. Without letting him know they are fishing for information, and without feeding him leading questions, they begin to piece together the whole story.
Colton is able to describe deceased relatives he had never met or even heard about. One very moving part of the story involves his parents' quest to find out what Jesus looks like. His father begins nonchalantly showing Colton each photo of Jesus he comes across. All of them are dismissed by Colton as being all wrong for various reasons. Then, his father comes across the drawing of Jesus done by a Lithuanian-American young girl named Akiane, the daughter of athiests, who begin having visions of Heaven at the age of four. With her phenomenal artistic talent, she was able to translate her visions into paintings. This picture of Jesus, Colton pronounced as being exactly right. I now have that photo, by Akiane Kramarik, displayed in my home. It is just unbelievable to me to think that I am able to know exactly how Jesus appeared to these two little children! One of Colton's pronouncements about Jesus was that He "really, really, really loves children!" and He must indeed to make Himself so tangible to these two small children, and to all others now who read this book.
You will have chills when you read the descriptions of Heaven and Jesus as related by this innocent little boy. He tells of a horse that only Jesus can ride, and describes Jesus' garments, as well as angels. Colton is able to come up with details about people he has never met or heard about, but that his parents can personally verify, and all in the sweetest child-like way.
I plan to give this book as a Christmas present to anyone on my list who has not yet read it. It is THAT good! Do yourself, and anyone you love, a big favor and buy this book. You won't be disappointed!
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