Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Heaven Is for Real - Todd Burpo

Synopsis from Barnes & Noble: Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.

Told by the father, but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.

Jeff actually recommended this book to me. And if the husband (who is NOT a big reader) recommends a book, I sit up and take notice.

Heaven has always been one of those nebulous topics for me. I’ve always kind of pushed it off, out of my mind, since I can’t figure it out. I guess I’ll just know/see it all when I arrive.

The thing that struck me most about Colton’s story is that his visit to heaven had one huge impact on his life: he was passionate (at four years old) about people knowing Jesus so that they could be in heaven when they die.

Isn’t that what heaven is really all about: being with Jesus? There is all this theology and all these theories. But does it really matter if we have wings or not, whether we’re young or old, if people up there can see us down here, etc. The important thing is that we get to be with Jesus. And why wouldn’t we want to make sure we show others the way to Him through His love.

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