Monday, December 5, 2011
Heaven is for Real for Kids by Colton Burpo
The story is basically about a 3 year-old boy Colton who is really sick and breifly dies, goes to heaven, but is eventually revived. When he comes back he tells his parents about what happened while he was "dead". It is a true story.
Apparently he meets his sister that he never met (his mom had had a miscarriage that he never knew about it). He also tells his parents of other things he had no prior knowledge of. He meets Jesus and experiences different aspects of heaven that for the most part line up with what scripture says.
This book is written by Colton (now 11) for kids. The language used is simple and easy to understand and there are illustrations to show the story he tells.
I really wanted to love this book, but I didn't. I don't have kids so I don't know for sure, but I feel like this book would raise more questions than it would answer. And it is just a little boy's story of heaven, not necessarily truth (which I believe can only be found in the Bible and will never be fully known until we get to heaven). I also thought some of the illustrations were kind of creepy.
I don't know that I would read this book to my kids (if I had kids). I am going to show it to my friend to see if she wants it for her 5 year old though.
I give this one 2 out of 5 stars.
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