Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo


I confess I was a little skeptical when I first ordered this book because of its story - Colton’s trip to heaven - but naturally I was also curious to find out more about it.

I enjoyed the book very much, it was a sweet story of a kid who got to witness a glimpse of what heaven is really like, and I think even that’s extraordinary in itself. What I really liked about the story - and I believe it's what gives it its authenticity - is the way that Colton’s parents handled the information they kept receiving from Colton about his heaven experience. I liked the way they reacted towards it, that they compared everything with Scripture. They tried not to influence Colton’s story with their questions, so they were careful about how they encouraged him to talk about heaven.

Why I liked the book? Because it widened my creativity when I think about heaven and it gave me a little picture of how heaven might look like. And I think that’s important, because as Pete Wilson said once when referring to heaven “We can only desire what we can imagine”.

Here's a sneak peak of an interesting interview I found online:


I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cruel Harvest by Fran Elizabeth Grubb


This is a story of survival written by a child who grew up a lot faster than a child should and experienced the raw and cruel face of life like few people do. It is a sad and hopeful story and I feel like words can’t do it justice.

I loved it, it is a story that shocks and terrifies but I loved how in the end Love always finds a way to give hope and restoration to a broken and lost soul, and that’s exactly what this book is about. I admire and truly appreciate the author’s courage to open up with her life story, I can only imagine how hard that must have been.

What I liked the most about this book is that in the middle of the terrifying pages of it you can find little pieces of hope and prayers of a child who knew, in the middle of life’s darkest circumstances, in her heart that there was a God somewhere, a good, caring and loving God:
She assured me that one day I would learn to read. Until then, I could make up words that were good and pretend I was talking to God. So I read what I thought the page would say. “God is with me every day,” I read. “I am not alone. God knows who I am and He cares when I am hungry or afraid. God looks down from heaven and He sees all the children who need Him.”


I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.