I’ve been trying to read a lot more. At any given moment, I’ll have a book either in my hand, in the purse I’m carrying, or in the bathroom closet for toilet time. So I’ve been following several publications on Twitter and blogs to determine what book to devour next. I always take recommendations, so please feel free to comment and share! I’ve been blowing up my Amazon cart with almost daily purchases.
A New York Times bestseller that caught my eye was Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. It’s the true story of the Burpo family and how their 4-year-old son miraculously survived a ruptured appendix which went untreated for several days because of misdiagnosis. When you live in a small town, you risk access to good health care!
It comes to pass that the kid (who was never pronounced dead) went to heaven during his surgery–verified by the boy giving specific details of dead family members he had never met, including an unmentioned sister who had been miscarried by his mother. I can understand how this may sound staged and made up, but I’m a Catholic believer so the story is not that fantastical to me. What is enlightening is how he describes heaven, Jesus, the trinity.
I got bored towards the end, though, because the father kept relating everything his son said to scripture which is understandable. But leave your church biases out of the equation, I just want to hear in your son’s words what his experience was like. The contextual stuff could have been cut.
I finished it in one night–not because I couldn’t put it down, but because it was a simple book in Readers Digest-type verbiage. Skip the book and read the reviews.