As scientific and adult perspective as there is in “Proof of Heaven,” this book comes from a completely different view. “Heaven Is For Real” is a beautifully written glimpse of heaven from a four year old’s point of view and captures the complete innocence of a child who is filled only with love and trust.
Not quite four years old, Colton Burpo, the son of a Nebraska pastor, experienced heaven while having emergency appendectomy surgery during which he experienced an NDE. Over the months following his NDE, he told his parents he had left his body during the surgery and authenticated the claim by describing exactly what his parents had been doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. Colton’s family didn’t know what to believe, but the evidence was clear.
Colton began describing events and people that seemed impossible for him to have seen or met. He said he had met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about. He told them he had conversations with his great grandfather who had died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared impossible-to-know details about each of them.
Colton told his parents that the angels would sing to him when he was afraid, that he had met Jesus and sat in his lap, and that he had seen Jesus’ mother, Mary, kneeling before the throne of God (who was “reaaally big”) and at other times, standing beside Jesus. He described a horse that only Jesus could ride and that the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.
Whether you believe in NDEs or not, the glimpses of heaven as seen through the eyes of a four year old are difficult to dispute. Told by Colton’s father, often in Colton’s own words, the disarmingly simple message is that heaven is a real place and Jesus loves children. This book was definitely a page-turner that leaves you with a feeling that Christians will be encouraged by it and non-Christians not at all.
Copyright 2010 – Nelson, Thomas, Inc
5 out of 5