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This is the first Friends & Family Top Picks – Reading Challenge book that I read. (See my previous post to figure out what the heck I’m talking about.) I remembered reading Heaven is for Real in the past, but I didn’t recall details well enough to do a thorough review. I’m glad that I got the chance to read it again because it’s such an amazing story. (If you don’t want the story spoiled, stop reading now.)
In a nutshell, this story is about a young boy who has memories of going to heaven and returning in a near death experience. At the time, Colton was not quite four years old, and had started complaining about stomach pain. His parents thought it was the stomach flu and because of a doctor’s faulty diagnosis, failed to get their son the medical treatment that he needed for a ruptured appendix. This poor little guy ended up having poison pumping into his body for five days before being treated, at which point the doctors had no hope for a recovery. Miraculously, Colton did survive!
Over an extended time period, Colton shared memories and information with his family which were quite startling. He described Jesus, heaven, the Holy Spirit, told about meeting deceased family members, and was adamant about sharing God’s love with people. Over time the many pieces of the puzzle came together for Colton’s parents and they realized that he was describing some type of out of body, heavenly experience. They finally came to accept that what their son was describing had actually happened–he had actually gone to heaven. This book is their attempt at sharing that testimony with others.
Personally, I was edified by the story. I really like hearing about how others are trying to follow God’s path and the lessons they have learned along the way. I also appreciate a good book that explores the themes of death and loss. My sister died fourteen years ago and I still find healing by learning about how other people have dealt with loss.
Anyhow, Colton’s claims and descriptions don’t set off any alarm bells in my head, as far as squaring up with Scripture. I’m not arguing that I absolutely believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that this really happened to him, but I’m open to entertaining the idea. I don’t ask you to believe it, only to consider the idea and judge for yourself.
If you’re a Christian, you will probably enjoy this book and appreciate its sentiments. If you’re open-minded, you will likely enjoy reading about this family’s story. If anything Christian makes you a bit sick to your stomach, this is probably not the book for you.
Rating: 3 Stars
Until next time…
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