On Monday I went to the library to study for the GRE and before I left of course I had to look at the books and movies. Looking through the "new book" section I found Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. I heard of this book from the Today Show because the author and his son were on. They were discussing the book and I thought it sounded interesting. So I decided to check it out! It was relatively short and I finished it today. The story was quite amazing in my opinion. It is about a boy who goes to heaven for short time while he was in surgery at the age of four. Shortly after, he starts sharing what he saw. He would say things such as "God really LOVES children" "Dad, He sent down the Holy Spirit during your sermon" "Jesus had marks on his hands" ....all of this being said by a four-year-old. He also revealed that he knew he had another sister that was already in Heaven because his mother had a miscarriage before he was born. WOW! It was lifting to hear what a child saw during a near death experience. I would highly recommend reading this book because it was an amazing story.
"Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.
Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us.
Told by the father, but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle."
From: Official Website