weekend reads: Heaven is For Real & another John Green

Let me just say that I read another John Green novel, I loved it, a teen does not die in this one, and I recommend it.  It did have lots of math jargon which turned off this non-math person, but even that wasn’t enough to put it down.  An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.  Get it.

The next book I read was Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo is an account of Burpo’s son living through a medical crisis and, after waking up, revealing in random conversations that he visited heaven, spoke with Jesus, and saw relatives that had passed away long before he was born.  It’s a riveting account of what this innocent little boy saw, how it changed him (and his family), and what he revealed.
It’s a short read and you could easily read it in a day if you wanted to.  But I slowed down with this one, trying to imagine the place Colton says he went and the things that he saw.  The things he says do no match up with commonly held beliefs about heaven, but do reflect in great detail things written in the Bible.  It’s eerie what Colton shares.
But also exciting.  
It makes perfect sense that we don’t understand this notion of heaven and some of the things the Bible tells us.  It is very humbling that scholars have spent hundreds of years trying to “decode” the words in the Bible and then some little kid comes along and messes everything up.  No wonder Jesus said we needed to have faith like a child.
We’re not supposed to understand everything, that’s why it’s faith.  Sometimes adults just think too much.  All those fancy degrees and classes mess things up.  Sometimes there is not an explanation.  Sometimes it’s not for us to know. 
Heaven is For Real will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading it.  I kept coming up with all the different people I wanted to give this book to.  The first person was my mom, I knew she would love it.  And then I accidentally left the book on the treadmill at the gym.  I didn’t realize until about a week later when I went to write this post because I had marked some passages that I loved.  And then noticed it was gone.  And I knew exactly where I had left it. 
I wanted to be sad about it.  But then I realized that book went exacrly where it needed to be.  I was dreaming of all the people to pass the book to and then, showing once again I’m not in control, there was someone better intented for that book and he/she got it.  All because I walked away from the treadmill without my book.  I believe that happened for a reason.  I don’t know who that person is, but I’m praying for them and the power of that book.


  1. says

    Ooh, I’ve had Heaven is for Real since last year and still haven’t read it! Now I’m intrigued to see what it’s all about. Thanks so much for sharing ;-)

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