Friday, November 4, 2011

Astonishing Tale of a Boy's Visit to Heaven

During a life threatening operation, Colton Burpo has an amazing experience. He visits heaven, meets Jesus, members of his family, and sits near God. It all sounds too good to be true, but I doubt a four-year-old could make it all up. His descriptions of heaven are eerily like those in the Bible, particularly Revelations.

I found the story fascinating. Did Colton really visit heaven? We can't know for sure, but he believes he did, and his parents, after much questioning and hearing his tales, believe that he did. Personally, it makes sense to me to believe that he did visit heaven. It's much like Pascal's Wager, we are more likely to get to heaven if we believe and accept Jesus as our savior. It also helps us to be better people here on earth.

This is also a very warm family story. It made me happy to see how the family interacted. The parents obviously love their children very much. I felt they treated Colton's revelations sensibly and were moved by them, but not moved to exploit their child.The scene where Sonja, Colton's mother, hears that he met the daughter she miscarried is extremely moving.

I highly recommend this book. Even if you don't come away believing, you will experience the warmth of this remarkable family.

I reviewed this book as part of the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze Program.