Monday, January 19, 2015

Heaven Changes Everything REVIEW

Book Description

Live every day with the hope of heaven!
A shattered leg, kidney stones, and a lump diagnosed as hyperplasia. Times were tough, money was scarce, and the bills and frustrations were piling up. It was into this kind of stressed out life that God sent Todd and Sonja Burpo the interruption of a life-threatening illness and emergency surgery for their almost four-year old son Colton. An interruption that included his unforgettable journey to heaven.
How did they cope? And how can they help us keep thoughts of eternity in mind in the midst of our own overly busy, stressed out lives?
In fifty unique inspirational readings based on excerpts from their story, Todd and Sonja share their family’s responses and reactions to the Heaven Is for Real experience. They answer questions about what it’s like to struggle with and question God, to doubt, even get angry with Him. And offer new insights into what God might be doing with those interruptions he allows into our lives. Each reading closes with a scripture to provide biblical reinforcement of the ideas shared and a take-away thought or action point to help readers incorporate the reading's inspiration into daily life.
Keep the hope of heaven alive in your life. Heaven truly is for real, and it changes everything!
My Honest Review
5 stars out of 5
Using excerpts from Heaven is for Real, the story of their son’s near-death experience, Todd and Sonja Burpo add detail from their original story, while providing a devotional. Each of the forty-two chapters includes an excerpt from their original story, along with more of the story being told by Todd Burpo, often, with detail added from his wife, Sonja. At the end of each chapter, there is advice or a prayer for the reader to use as a devotional along with a bible verse to use as meditation. 
In parts, the story can be a little repetitive for those that read Heaven is for Real. However, it still holds the reader’s attention, with the additional of the details and perspective provided by Sonja Burpo. For a fan of the original book, it is refreshing to add her voice to the story of Colton and his experience in Heaven. This is also the case for the updates on Colton and how his experience continues to influence his life. His life is still enriched by the experience.
The overwhelming message of the book is one of hope. For those with family members and friends who have gone on before them, it provides more reasons to believe that there is something beyond this life – something to look forward to – something to live for. If you have not read all the Heaven is for Real books I highly recommend them all. 

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