Friday, June 01, 2012

Heaven is for real (Deluxe Edition)

I read amd reviewed Todd Burpo's Heaven if for Real once before on my Blog. But this time, I had the opportunity to review the Deluxe Edition from in exchange for my honest review. 

While some of the Bible study questions and "extra" supplemental information were nice, it was really the exact same as the regular book. If you are planning on doing a Bible Study on the book, the Deluxe Edition is nice. Otherwise, the original is just the fine, and you aren't missing anything too important.  

So to revisit my review ...

I ... loved ... this ... book.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to my old Rochester friend Tara for sending it to me. You were right Tara. It was fantastic.

This book is written by a father, a pastor, who nearly lost his four-year-old son. When his son Colton got out of the hospital, he starts telling his parents about what he saw while he was in ... heaven! As Colton's father writes, “...when I was angry at God because I couldn't go to my son, hold him, and comfort him, God's son was holding my son in his lap.” 

Here's the thing, even if you don't believe the story, what the pages of this book present are incredibly powerful. It gives you so much to think of. It paints heaven as a real place -- which I think we often forget about.

I was especially moved by two incidents in the book that I wanted to briefly share. 

The first is the fact that, not knowing his parents had suffered a miscarriage before he was born, Colton recounts meeting his unborn sister in heaven. When his father asks Colton if the little girl said anything, Colton replies, "Yeah, she said she just can't wait for you and Daddy to get to heaven ..." And Burpo writes that, "From that moment on, the wound from one of the most painful episodes in our lives, losing a child we had wanted very much, began to heal.” 

I believe that anyone who has lost a child will be blessed greatly by the words of the book -- words that remind you that your child is very much real. Very much alive. Very much with Jesus. 

Colton meets his grandfather, who had died decades before Colton was born. And he provides details that he could only know if his story of heaven was true.

And then, there's the part about Jesus. When Colton shares that he met Jesus, his parents begin showing him pictures, over many months, of Jesus. Did he look like this Jesus? Did he look like that Jesus? Colton keeps telling them it isn't right. That the pictures they are showing him aren't quite the Jesus he saw.

Until his parents show him a photo drawn by a young girl. Child prodigy, Akiane Kramarik. I am sure many of you have heard of Akiane's story. A homeschool child who didn't watch TV and had never participated in any discussions about God, starts sharing with her atheistic family about her belief in him. (You can read more on Akiane's story by clicking here.)  

When Colton saw Akiane's photo of Jesus, his eyes grew wide. He said the picture was perfect. That it perfectly mirrored the Jesus he met. 


I truly believe your life will be better after reading this book. 

Mine definitely is. 

“The Scripture says that as Jesus gave up his spirit, as he sagged there, lifeless on that Roman cross, God the Father turned his back. I am convined that he did that because if he kept on watching, he couldn't have gone through with it.” 


TAV said...

Glad it made it there and you liked it! I loved this book.

Anonymous said...

It's an excellent book. There's even a "Heaven is for Real" book for kids (I believe written by the same person). I haven't looked through that yet since our church library only has one copy and it's always checked out.

The story gave me goosebumps. And I especially appreciated the part about the little boy meeting his sister. I can't wait to meet all of my children that never had a chance of an earthly life.

I recommend everyone read it. It can easily be read within a day (and I'm a slow reader).


Heidi's friend from NHS said...

The book HEAVEN IS FOR REAL was a fascinating read for me.  For many it has given them hope for eternal life.  To me, this is a far too important a subject to put my hope in a little boy's experience.  I wanted to see what God had to say so I went to the Bible.  I have written a Bible study about heaven.  I would be delighted to send you a free copy.  Email me at and I will email you a copy.  If you have only seen the movie, I would suggest you read the book.  The movie changed somethings, add things that did not happen and left out some great material.