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Monday, June 20, 2011

Heaven is for Real

I recently read Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His trip to Heaven and Back, about then four-year-old Colton Burpo, by his father, Todd Burpo, with assistance from Lynn Vincent. The book has been a best seller, but does not have a Wikipedia page. There is a page for the book.

Even though, or maybe because, I had heard a lot of enthusiasm for the book, I didn't expect to be convinced. (Todd Burpo is a pastor in The Wesleyan Church, of which I am a member. I had never heard of him until the book was published.) I expected to read a standard "out of body" experience book. There was a little of that, but the book did not rest on that aspect of what happened to Colton Burpo.

In a paragraph, the book presents the experiences of Colton's parents, as they come to realize that their son, who had undergone drastic surgery for a ruptured appendix, knew things that they had not told him, and that they didn't believe that he could have known, without having some supernatural experience. Probably the most amazing knowledge is that Colton said that he told his parents that he had seen an ancestor of his that he had never seen, and that ancestor looked like he did when he was an early adult, based on a photo that Colton had never seen.

It is possible that the book is a fake. But, to me, it presents real evidence that there is a life after death. I believed that already, of course.

Thanks for reading. Read Heaven is for Real.


atlibertytosay said...

I've heard this book as a good recommendation ...

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, atlibertytosay.

Enjoy Las Vegas. Carefully.

Jason and Kelley said...

Thanks for the review! Hadn't heard of it but excited to check it out!

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Jason and Kelley. I think it would be worth your time to read it.

Pilgrim said...

The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven was written by a local man about his son's similar experience. Very moving.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Pilgrim. I hadn't heard of that one. The titles are similar. I think Heaven is for Real got more publicity.

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