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Monday, November 14, 2011

Heaven Is For Real For Kids Book Review

I first heard about the book, Heaven Is For Real, from my husband's aunt.  She called to heartily recommend it.  She had recently lost her son (my husband's cousin) and was searching for hope.  She found it in between the covers of the paperback, full version, of Heaven Is For Real.  However, it wasn't until I had the opportunity to review it that I got a glimpse inside. I discovered there was also a release of this book for children.  This piqued my interest.  And, it only got better as I began to read.

The story is an account of a real boy who went into the hospital and didn't leave until he had died, experienced amazing sights and sounds, and then (much to the delight of his awaiting, praying parents) was returned to his body lying on his hospital bed - Fully alive with insights into a spiritual world his parents had not yet encountered.

Colton, at the age of 4, began to tell of all he had seen and heard while in heaven.  Instead of dismissing his account, his dad (who is a minister) began to search scripture to align what Colton what describing.  He discovered that there were Biblical scriptures to back up every claim his young child was insisting he had encountered.

From this, the book was born - The full version.  After the full version was released, Colton (now much older) agreed to a version for kids.  He was careful to oversee all of the illustrations in the book to ensure they were true to what he had seen.

It offers a glimpse into a world that very few come back to tell about.  I found the book to be an inspirational read, and a helpful book in helping children understand that there's more to this life than what we currently see.  For those who believe in heaven, the book brings encouragement and hope.  For those who do not believe in this form of afterlife, the book creates an amazing discussion tool.  Whether you are a believer or not, this book is written to relieve fear, and express the main point that "Jesus really, really loves children."

The book is an easy read for an elementary student or above, and a nicely illustrated book for a parent to read to a preschooler.

I had the chance to review the hardcover version of Heaven Is For Real for Kids from Todd & Sonja Burpo, as told by their son Colton.  I received the book from the Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review.  I received nothing additional.  The above review is 100% my opinion.

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