On the AMOKArts Blog, I often encourage my readers to “tell a better story.” It’s not about embellishing the story or making something up. It’s about sharing what you have received from God in a way that will spur others to belief and good works. Todd Burpo has done just that in Heaven is for Real.
A lot of Christians, even the strongest ones struggle with doubt. Somewhere in the back of our minds is a voice that questions whether or not we’re wrong. This is especially prevalent in the areas of heaven and life after death. That is a time when we really have to hold on to belief and faith. Well most of us… Colton Burpo doesn’t have to wonder about Heaven or even believe in Heaven. He knows there’s a heaven. He’s been there.
Four year old Colton had a near death experience at the age of four. Afterwards, with no prompting from anyone, he began to describe vivid scenes of heaven, people who have gone before and even a miscarried sister he knew nothing about before the experience. These descriptions lead to one inescapable conclusion, Heaven is for Real.
Colton’s father, Pastor Todd Burpo wrote the book with Lynn Vincent (Same Kind of Different as Me). It’s one of those books I could have read in one sitting had the pace of life permitted it (it didn’t). Burpo describes the harrowing events surrounding the near loss of his son in great, heart wrenching detail and Colton’s matter-of-fact descriptions of heaven in such a way that the reader almost feels as if he right there hearing it. This is an excellent book that will encourage your faith and place questions in the minds of even the most strident non-believer. I highly encourage you to read this book.
Heaven Is for Real is a great example of a “better story.”
Thanks to Booksneeze.com for the review copy.