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Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 9.00 (inches)|
Soon after his popular A Travel Guide to Heaven was published, bestselling author Anthony DeStefano recognized that children also have many questions about heaven. In celebration of the tenth anniversary of that book, Anthony wrote this fun-filled, action story about a little boy named Joey who gets to take a whirlwind tour of heaven with his guardian angel, Gabby. Artist Erwin Madrid's stunning illustrations bring the story to life, showing heaven to be a place where everyone is happy, the animals all get along, and God's glory is more amazing than anything Joey had ever seen in his whole life.
This long-awaited children's edition will quickly become a favorite for the reader and the child alike. Imagine the comfort and peace children will experience when they hear about this incredible place God has prepared for them.
John Bornschein, Vice Chairman, National Day of Prayer and Senior Pastor, Calvary Fellowship
Meredith Vieira, former host of The Today Show and The View
Kristina2 Stars Out Of 5InaccurateOctober 19, 2013KristinaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2While there are some nice things about this book - like the wonderful illustrations by Erwin Madrid - this book is downright inaccurate. There are no notes about where the author found the ideas about heaven presented in this book - and I can see why. There's a lot of extra-biblical content.
For example: The Bible does say angels look out for we humans, but there is never any mention of "guardian angels" or the idea that we all have a guardian angel who is specifically assigned to watch over us. And while this book describes heaven as having a "golden gate," the Bible says there are twelve gates and they are pearly (Rev. 21:21). I don't know of any passage in the Bible that says our relatives will greet us when we get to heaven - and it certainly doesn't say *all* humans go to heaven. I am uncomfortable asserting heaven will have amusement parks - or cotton candy. There's even a simple non-biblical error: There is no such dinosaur as a brontosaurus.
There are much better children's books about heaven available.
crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful book that stirs the imaginationOctober 2, 2013crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My kids and I enjoyed this book. It is filled with beautiful illustrations and really gets your imagination going as to who you will see one day in Heaven, and what you would like to be able to do when you get there. It certainly breaks the boring, stand around in white dresses singing in the clouds sort of image.
Is is Biblical? Well, he's used creative licence for sure. I'm sure roller coasters weren't ever specifically mentioned, but I do believe Heaven will be a wonderful place - and if that's the case, fun must be included. It stands to reason. The kids and I discussed the fact that what's in the book are his ideas of what Heaven is like, but that God is preparing a wonderful place for us. I didn't come across anything that I felt contradicted what the Bible says about Heaven. We loved it.
I received this book from Harvest House for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Harvest House.
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