Heaven is for Real – by Todd Burpo

3 08 2014

Earlier this year we were talking about resurrection/heaven in my housegroup, and this book came up as some had read it. The film also came out earlier this year.

Safe to say, some people really hate this book. I’m not about to dive into a theological debate, feel free to read the book for yourself.

Basically it’s another testimony book. A family whose son got very ill, and while on the operating table, experienced some time in heaven. As he starts to mention things he saw, he shares things that at his tender age of 3, he could only know from experience, definitely not things he’d’ve been taught in Sunday school, and he talks of people he met, who died years before he was born.

But the biggest thing for me in this book was the dads attitude. The book is written by the father, who himself is a church pastor. Every single time his son recounts something from that trip, he immediately goes to his bible and checks that it tallies and corresponds, and most importantly does not contradict what he finds there.

Of course the cynics claim it’s all made up, no story is without it’s disagreers, but I definitely found it an encouraging read, not just for the glimpse of what heaven might be like, but the things the family learnt as they went through that awful time too.

Read it and see what you think 🙂

heaven is for real

Internet highlights f/c 20th July 2014

3 08 2014

Another fortnight’s worth from being away last weekend! (forgot to post this last night – sorry!)

Douglas Adams definition of techonology being good or bad by age

Nerd jokes

10 types of suntan

Lego still washing up on Cornish beach 17 years after container spillage

6 subtle ways to be more productive

9 year old boy and 62 year old woman renew wedding vows…

24 Very British problems

Do workplaces need mental health first aiders?

30 adorable things Compassion children write in their letters

Which sport are you most suited to?

Cyclists from Sri Lanka training on the motorway

When money printing goes wrong

British problems (some are better than others…)


and apologies that it’s late, but I saved this and forgot to put it in in the right week!