A Year In Books

Heaven Is For Real

Last week, I read Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo. It’s a little boys account of his trip to Heaven when he briefly passed away on an operating table as told by his Father. It’s a very interesting and very sweet story. I mean, regardless of whether or not you believe in Heaven, it’s an amazing story. This little boys appendix ruptured, but through the misdiagnosis of doctors, he went 5 days before finally being operated on. 5 DAYS. 5 days of poison coursing through his little body. And he lived. It’s incredible.

I have to be honest, there were certain parts of the book I felt were heavily influenced by Colton’s father, Todd who is a pastor. Not enough to make me feel like Colton wasn’t telling the truth, but there were definitely parts I felt sounded more like an adult talking about Heaven and less like a child. Having said that, there were also many parts that very much sounded like a child talking about Heaven and there was a lot in this book that was very compelling. I have to say, this kid is absolutely amazing, not only his strength but also his very sweet outlook on life and Heaven. As an adult (or you know as much of an adult as I’ll ever be) I can sometimes be a bit cynical, but  this book reminded me what seeing the world as a child is like and the innocence and hope I used to feel. Overall, I just felt like this was a very sweet and heartfelt book.

What are you kids reading this week?

16 thoughts on “A Year In Books

  1. This family came to our small town and shared their story. The gym was packed. Colton sang Amazing Grace, and his mom shared the story of their daughter in Heaven. When I read books like this, I always want to take the doubting route so I don’t end up the fool. But this one I think is heartfelt. Thanks for sharing your book review!

  2. GotC, where do you find time to read all of these books?! This one sounds really interesting. I finished the Percy Jackson series this weekend and I really liked it, but ultimately I think I need more romance (enter Twilight…I may or may not have taken Friday off to see Breaking Dawn, LOL). Now I need to read the Alice Bliss book that Country Wife sent me as part of the Book Crossing dealio, so I can send it to you!

    1. I don’t sleep much….

      I’m with you on the more romance part, but I still loved the Percy Jackson series. Especially because the kid who plays him in the movies is a hottie (and also 19 so it’s less creepy). 🙂

      Yay! I can’t wait to get it!

  3. Well, just because I really want to talk about it, I’ll throw in that I read “Every Last One” by Anna Quindlen. Nothing funny about it, but it really does make you think about a whole slew of things in a domino sort of way. Mainly it questions grief, and the grieving process, and also how much (or how little) fate or chance shape the course of our lives. I’ve read “Heaven is for Real” and enjoyed it: whether or not it was influenced heavily by the father or not… I do believe Colton experienced SOMETHING and I admired his family for treating the kid with enough respect to take what he said seriously. 🙂

  4. I love books on this subject. I’ve been wanting to read “The Silent Land”, but I’m holding off for it to come out in paperback. That, or for when I break down and buy a kindle. Hardbacks dig too deep into the book budget most of the time.

    Read last week: “Snuff”, by Terry Pratchett.

      1. Its one of a long series of fantasy books written by Pratchett that take place in a mythical “Discworld”. Its not the typical dragons and wizards type of fantasy books that take themselves seriously, though, so don’t let that put you off. They are very funny and Pratchett has a keen, insightful wit. They don’t have to be read in any particular order, and some of the characters make multiple appearances in other books in the series.

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