Heaven is for real, and you are going to like it!
Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message: Jesus really, really loves children. In an effort to reach even more families with this eternally significant story, this runaway bestseller is now told from Colton—kid to kids! Children will receive the same comfort and assurance that so many adults have received from the trade book.
Beautifully illustrated under Colton's direction, he shares his experiences in first person and comments on things that will be important to kids. A letter to parents is included to guide them as they talk to their children about heaven. Scripture along with a Q&A section with answers from the Bible are also included in the book.
|Contributor(s)||Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo|
|About the Contributor(s)||Todd Burpo
Todd Burpo is pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan and a volunteer fireman. He and his wife, Sonja, have four children: Colton is an active teenager; he has an older sister, Cassie; a younger brother, Colby; and a very special sister he met in heaven, yet to be named.
Sonja Burpo is a busy mom, pastor's wife, and office manager for a local real estate company. A certified elementary teacher, Sonja is passionate about children's ministry and helping women work through the difficulty of miscarriage.
|Release Date||Nov 8, 2011|
|Who It's For||Boy 2-5, Boy 5-7, Boy 7-10, Girl 2-5, Girl 5-7, Girl 7-10|
|Accelerated Reader Points Awards||0.5|
|Accelerated Reader Reading Level||3.7|
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Heaven is for real, and you are going to like it!
Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message: Jesus really, really loves children. In effort to reach even more families with this eternally significant story, this runaway bestseller is now told from Colton—kid to kids! Children will receive the same comfort and assurance that so many adults have received from the trade book.
Beautifully illustrated, under Colton’s direction, this book is uniquely written from a child for a child. Colton tells of his experiences in first person and comments on things that will be important to kids. A letter to parents is included to guide them in talking to their children about heaven. Scripture along with Q&A section with answers from the Bible are also included in the book.
Honestly, since I was a kid, my question is “Can I really see Heaven and go back here on Earth?”. I really didn’t know the answer to that, not until I read this book. I loved the fact that aside from the verses from the Bible, there is also a portion in the book where Questions Kids Ask about Heaven is Real is dealt with and to my surprise, it includes an answer to my question.
The book mentioned that the answer is: “Yes! God has allowed some people to see into heaven briefly. The Bible says isaiah, Daniel and the apostle John were all shown parts of heaven. The apostle Paul also talks about a man who visited the “third heaven,” by he gives no name.”
There was a portion in the book when Colton met his older sister in heaven. The sister she never knew he had. I had this one more question in mind, “Do you really get to know the people in Heaven?”. I mean, through out my Christian journey, I thought that when you go to Heaven, everything will be new. Even your memory. Why have I said that? For instance, think of a dead girl who was victimized by rape. Can she still remember who did that to her? Colton’s sister remembered him. So the book is saying you can still retain your memory. Which I think contradicts what Revelation says, that in Heaven, there will be no tears, no pain, no grief. Don’t you think that the raped girl will feel hatred towards that man who raped her, assuming she went to Heaven? Maybe, I’ll need to study more about that aspect.
Now, just like what I have said earlier, I’m not saying I’m totally believing Colton’s experience being true. But given that each illustrated page came with a verse supporting Colton’s account and remembrance of what heaven was like, maybe I’m good with that. The kid’s claims seem to support what the Bible says. But, I believe that in case their claims are false, then they’re accountable to God for for what they have said and done.
Meanwhile, this book is perfect for kids since it is complete with illustrations, drawn by Wilson Ong but guided by Colton. Verses from the Scripture are also included to compare with the things that Colton said that he saw while in Heaven. Plus, the printing of words are big enough to be read easily without much stress on the eyes. I am going to share this book with some of the church member and think all GOD’s children should have at least understand this book!
But, one worry that crops up when I was reading through is the possibility that some children might be looking forward to actually dying (which can be bad) just so they can arrive at this beautiful place described. So, it would be important for parents to guide the thoughts of the kids and explain things to them while reading this book. Guidance is definitely required.
I am really thankful to Thomas Nelson for this wonderful privilege of having a copy and being able to review this New York Times bestselling book, Heaven is for Real for Kids by Todd and Sonja Burpo. Thank you, also, to Booksneeze!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com bloggers program.I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
(Posted on 11/20/12)
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