MY REVIEW of Heaven is for Real for Kids as told by Colton Burpo to his parents, Todd and Sonja Burpo.
I am very glad that booksneeze has given me an opportunity to write of this New York time's No.1 best seller book. In this book, Colton Burpo acts as narrator of his own afterlife experience, explaining in a very childlike and simple way how wonderful and beautiful heaven is.
I have 2.5 yr old nephew in my house. I showed the book, I described the book, he really really liked the book. It was very easy for me because of the picture to describe the heaven, how colton visited heaven how was his experience. It's a fun loving book for the children. This book should be used as a bed time story for the kids, they will really love it.
We the Indians always believe life after death which is said in Bhagwat Gita by Lord Krishna. But reading with the view of 4yr child is really awesome. Its a book that shows the love of Lord to us all, how our loved ones are waiting there in heaven for us and that death has no fear. It has been such a comfort to us all.
The description of Gate to heaven is really good, the streets are of gold and gates are made of pearl. I have read many books on life after death but I only doubt human spirits with animals, I have read that there are different heavens for humans and for animals.
Also it will be more interesting if you have read the adult version of this book, I have not read that book but eagerly waiting for read that version.
I recommend this book for family reading. Don't just give it to your child and walk away. Allow the young reader to express any concerns or reactions that they have to the story.
We first borrowed this book from the library. My three little girls LOVED the book. We renewed it twice. Then I had to return it. They were SO excited when it arrived and I told them it was our own book! It has brought up many questions, and opened further dialog with them about heaven. I also love this book and the way everything is explained. I will be excited to go to heaven when it's my time because heaven sounds AMAZING!
While I find it a tad problematic to accept the literal message of this book - descriptions of Jesus, the animals, the games and the like - the spiritual message, that Heaven is for real, is of immense value. Heaven is for Real for Kids is the children's edition of the original book, Heaven is for Real. This story documents a little boy's experience of Heaven. Close to death after a medical emergency, Colton Burpo miraculously pulled through and, after his remarkable recovery, gradually disclosed an amazing account of a near-death experience where he encountered Jesus in Heaven. While it would be easy to dismiss this story as mere fantasy, the figment of a child's imagination, or the product of his parents' promptings, it is much more helpful to take it at face value and read it with an open mind. Don't be distracted by details but allow yourself to be comforted and reassured by the truth of the message - Heaven is indeed for real!
This edition has been beautifully illustrated by Wilson Ong, albeit with pictorial portrayals remarkably reminiscent of some vintage Ellen G. White Bible story books. Nevertheless, the pictures certainly do transform it into an attractive little book to share with children of all ages.
This is a book that should generate much beneficial discussion about very important issues that children (and perhaps their parents) might not otherwise know how to broach. Illness, death and life after death are not easy topics to tackle. Here is the perfect opportunity to allow children to start to talk about those serious, scary - and sacred - subjects.
I recommend this book for family reading. Don't just give it to your child and walk away. Allow the young reader to express any concerns or reactions that they have to the story. There is a brief question and answer section at the end of the book that may address some of the issues that children raise, but I understand that an associated "Conversation Kit" has also been published, I assume for use with the "adult version" of the book. Undoubtedly, this would be a very useful tool to facilitate the dialogue.
Whether or not the little ones take on the complex message of Heaven and life after death, there is one message that I pray that they will not miss, and that is that "Jesus really, really loves children!".
A little book direct from the heart and experience of a little person! To be sure, "a little child will lead them"! (Isaiah 11:6).
Well done, Colton! You are God's miracle and God's messenger!
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This is like the 'summary' of what Colton's dad wrote for the adult version, and it's a nice story. It provides me not just the nice illustrations, but also the scriptures which clarify what Colton experienced during his tour to Heaven.
The Q&A session was good too, and it provides a deeper understanding for kids on Heaven and GOD. As someone new to Christ, I enjoyed reading both the children and adult books, as I am like a kid who just got to know GOD and Christ, and simple easy reading it's good. And with this kind of illustrated book, it's easier to get Princess engage with it too.
The book has a total of 20 pages, and I flipped through each pages with some wows and wahs.. the illustration of Jesus, GOD and the rest were really GOOD I would say. I can say this gives me the understanding better when I read the adult version. I am sure for someone Princess age (3 years old) will be able to appreciate the drawings and wordings!
One thing I most agree, the printing of words are LARGE which one can easily read it without much stress on the eyes. I am going to share this book with some of the church member and think all GOD's children should have at least understand this book!
I bought this book for my 9 yr old grandson. He loves this book! He is asking questions that bring conversations that I hope he will remember. He was so excited to read about heaven being so wonderful!