6 May 2012

Heaven is For Real

Reviewer: Kelsey
Author: Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
Pages: 163
Format: Paperback
Rating: 8 out of 10

Summary (from GoodReads): This is the true story of Colton Burpo, the four-year old son of a small-town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven.

My Take: This is an interesting book. It makes you think about what there really is after death. People don't always think about this topic all that often. The point of the book is not to make you believe in anything but to tell Colton's story. I'm glad it wasn't trying to be persuasive. The boy has a lot to say with a great way to look at the world and life. He gives people a lot to think about whether they want to think about it or not. You can't help but finish the book and be left with questions.

The story was told from someone who was right there, otherwise it wouldn't have been believable. The stuff that this boy says in simply incredible. This was a definite page turner; I finished it in just over two hours. It opens with the troubles the family was already facing before the real story begins. This didn't bother me at first but as the book went on, I found that the same part of the story was told multiple times. It wasn't a very big deal though, just a small thing in the big picture that is this story.

Final Take: It would help for you to have some religious background but it isn't necessary. I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious and open about life after death. Even if you just want a good story about life and overcoming obstacles, this is a good book for you.

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