Monday, May 19, 2014

Heaven Is For Real Special Movie Edition By: Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

What a book! You will need a box or two of tissues handy, and a supply of food and water, as you will not want to put this book down if you get hungry. Embark on a child’s journey to Heaven, and experience the events as if you were there. Want to know what Heaven looks like, what Jesus is doing, or if there are animals in Heaven? Let God’s grace fill you as you see Heaven from a child’s perspective.

Colton Burpo had a ruptured appendix and underwent surgery. He could see his body and knew where his mom and dad were while he was in surgery. Over the course of a few years, he recounted what happened during his surgery. He was in Heaven; he sat on Jesus’ lap; he wasn’t allowed to hold a sword. He met his unborn sister that he didn’t know about and his grandpa that had died before he was born.

In this story, we see a true portrayal of a pastor going through things beyond his control. Todd Burpo, Colton’s dad, is a pastor who can’t understand why God would let these things happen to him: he broke his leg, had kidney stones, a lumpectomy, and now his son was facing death. We think of pastors having “unshakable pillars of faith.” We sometimes forget they are people too. Then Todd remembers Scripture where God answered the prayers of friends of the sick and dying. He turns to his family, church, and friends to help him pray for Colton’s healing.

When Colton talks about what he saw in Heaven, Todd backs that up with what Scripture has to say about that. When Colton describes Jesus, what the throne looks like, and nobody is old or feeble, Todd shows where in the Bible it talks about these things and what it says. Each one lines up with what Colton said he saw. When Todd asks Colton why Jesus died on the cross, Colton has the answer because Jesus told him. He says that Jesus told him he died on the cross so we could go see his Dad. Todd has this to say, “In my mind’s eye, I saw Jesus, with Colton on his lap, brushing past all the seminary degrees, knocking down theological treatises stacked high as skyscrapers, and boiling down fancy words like propitiation and soteriology to something a child could understand.” This is what struck me about this book. We must have childlike faith. That doesn’t mean we understand as a child; it means we have faith like a child. We don’t have to over think it. God said it; believe it. It is as simple as that.

The big question from this book: Do you really believe what you say you do? And if so, how does that change the way you live? In the busyness of life, we tend to forget Heaven is real, God is on our side working things for our good, and we get run down in the everyday. This book puts that back into perspective.

The movie edition also includes pictures of Colton and his family, pictures from the set, and interviews with the cast and crew.

I received this book free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

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