Friday, January 21, 2011

A Little Boy's Astounding Story

Any book that causes us to love the Lord, His Word and His people even more than we do is a book worth reading.  That is why I am recommending Heaven is for Real  by Todd Burpo. Even non-readers are telling me that they love it.  

When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency apendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival.  What they weren't expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed - a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy's trip to heaven and back.
Colton was not even four years old when the events chronicled in the book took place.  His dad Todd, a busy pastor, community volunteer and businessman, was very sceptical of his small son's claim to have gone to heaven during his operation He asked his son "trick" questions but became increasingly convinced that his son had indeed seen and experienced something "out of this world"!

I loved reading about this warm and caring and very normal family.  Todd was  just as distraught and horrified as you and I would be with our child's life hanging in the balance. He raged against God and was filled with despair, only to be drawn back into his Father's loving arms. Colton himself encouraged his folks to keep trusting that the Lord would provide for them, including the mountainous medical bills.  And again and again, this family sees God's hand at work.

The book's emphasis is not on the sensational  but rather on God's loving care for His children. And we are reminded to look out for one another.  Pastor Todd's example of a shepherd tending his flock is outstanding in itself.  

I want you to read this book for yourself as I feel that I cannot do justice to it with my own puny explanation. Suffice to say, it is the best book about heaven I have ever read.


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