What happens to us when we die? Are Heaven and Hell real places? Or do we just cease to exist when we close our eyes in death? These are questions that have confronted most of us at one time or another.
The New York Times best seller list has recently had at its top a wonderful little book that offers a glimpse at the afterlife. Heaven is for Real, by Todd Burpo, has become a publishing sensation, and the book is well worth the small amount of time it would take you to read it. It highlights the illness and subsequent trip to Heaven of Todd’s four-year-old son, Colton.
I decided to download Heaven is for Real after reading an online review. I found that I could not put put it down. It was absolutely captivating.
Heaven is for Real is written from a decidedly Christian perspective. Todd Burpo is a bi-vocational pastor of a small, Weslyan church, and Jesus is the central figure of Colton’s “heavenly” experiences.
To the Christian, this book provides further evidence that the things we hold dear about our faith are real. We will see Jesus when we die. We will be in his loving presence for eternity. We will see, recognize, and fellowship with our departed loved ones. In short, the book provides hope.
To the non-Christian, I would say read this little gem with an open mind. Listen to the words of this precious little child, and open your heart to his message.
I strongly encourage you to pick up Heaven is for Real and allow it to bless you. Once you have done this, pass it on to someone else. We all need hope.
What other books have your read recently that give you hope?