This afternoon I spent 3 hours at my favorite Barnes and Noble reading Calvin and Hobbes comics and finishing the book I started a couple of days before called “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo. I didn’t want to post anything religion related in case of offending anyone, but this book blew me away. It is a true story about a boy who had not yet turned 4, went to heaven and back, and met people that weren’t alive in his lifetime.
Colton was turning 4 when his appendix burst and had to undergo surgery, the chances were slim, but he made it out alive. Months later during a casual conversation Colton brought up that angels sang to him at the hospital. And that’s how it started. Further on, and several questions later, Colton describes heaven, the people there, Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, his great-grandfather, his miscarried sister, and so on.
This book was remarkable. Everything was put in a language a child could understand. Answers that people try to figure out for years was put into a simple sentence a 4 year old could understand. Phrases like, Jesus died on the cross so we can meet his dad.
How could someone his age lie about this kind of stuff? After watching an interview on CNN with prodigy Akiane Kramarik, Todd showed Colton the painting “Prince of Peace” and Colton stopped in his tracks and said that was him. The same hair around his face, the same “beautiful” eyes, the same rough but kind face. After reading this I looked back at the picture and turned my eyes away after a split second. I was embarrassed of myself infront of a mere picture of Jesus. This must be the most accurate picture of Jesus to date. I couldn’t look at the painting without feeling ashamed. For who I am, who I’ve become, and what I now strive for in life. I was taken aback. Near the last 1/4 of the book Todd says that Colton would constantly say “God loves his children” and “don’t forget God love his children”, numerous times a day. I couldn’t help but cry during the book over and over again. No I did not sob in the middle of Barnes and Noble, but in the small space I was reading in, tears streamed silently down my face.
This is a must read book. Christian or not, this book tells the amazing story of innocent faith. I give this, undoubtedly a 5/5. It was well written, with true emotions and reactions, I felt like Todd was personally telling me the story.