Day 3- Heaven is for Real
This book is very easy and quick read that tells an uplifting and inspiring story of a child’s faith and his experience with heaven. Whether you are a Christian or not, enjoy reading or not, I believe you can benefit from the story told in this book. You always hear in church to have “childlike faith” and this book plays on that theme well. I in no way want to spoil the incredible stories told but I would like to discuss what some of my thoughts were.
"Heaven is for Real" by, Todd Burpo
First off, I don’t want to sound the Christian alarm or anything, but in my own spiritual journey I have doubted the idea of one singular heaven. Not that I believe in more than one, rather I believe every person has their own specified to their liking. (kinda like the idea introduced in the book “The Lovely Bones”) With this thought, when I began reading about a 4 year old’s journey into heaven I was expecting to hear tales of swimming pools filled with ice cream, spiderman and xman passing out cotton candy and more puppies than the eye could see. What I got instead was very different and incredibly powerful. I don’t want to ruin it for you but I can assure you it has deconstructed my views.
Secondly, it opened my eyes to what I guess I’ll refer to as the “Second Coming”. Any good Christian will tell you that it is just a matter of time before Jesus comes back and defeats Satan and the world will live in peace. However, with all the “End of the World (random sat. in may)” hoopla and “World Ends 2012” it is hard to take the idea seriously. This book, through this child however has begun a stirring in me. Beginning to believe that it will be a real event is a huge step in my faith.
Lastly, you must read about the girl Akiane Kramarik and how she is associated with this little boy. If their relationship does not give you chill bumps I will personally refund the cost of the book (if you choose to buy it to read it). It was by far the most captivating part of the story for me.
My relationship with Christianity is still young as I have experienced several ways of religious thought and have struggled with the dichotomy of being a cosmopolitan woman and being a woman of God. I think deep down I always knew what my heart wanted.