I didn’t want to read Heaven Is For Real (by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent).
I’m not sure I can articulate exactly why, but it had something to do with a reluctance to believe sensationalized accounts of subjective experiences. But I finally read it recently in conjunction with a writing assignment, and I found out that this book wasn’t that.
Heaven Is For Real is the story of Colton Burpo and his family. A couple months short of his fourth birthday, Colton required an emergency appendectomy, an operation the doctors didn’t much expect him to survive. He did more than survive. In the weeks and months following the surgery, he gradually and forthrightly began to tell his mother Sonja and pastor father, Todd, some details of his visit to heaven while he was in surgery. The book tells how they first doubted and then began to examine his story…to dramatic and life-changing effect.
I found it to be an engrossing, winsome—and convincing—book. It is a quick read, and the kind of book many people will profit from. Give it a chance. I’m glad I did.