Monday, November 29, 2010

Book Review: Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

Sonja and Todd Burpo’s amazing story of their son’s journey to heaven and back is a book of discovery. After nearly losing their son during an emergency appendectomy they are treated to a slow revelation of what happened during the minutes when they had nearly lost hope.

But lost hope is the opposite of what this book is about. Over the next several years Colton shares what he saw in a matter of fact, every day, little boy way. “Of course I sat on Jesus’ lap – doesn’t everybody?” is his approach to his experience. Colton’s straightforward faith and revelations of meeting people he couldn’t have known is what convinces his parents that what their little boy saw was real.

Colton’s experience in the hospital was anything but normal, and filled with awe-inspiring episodes that leave his parents and the reader with the assurance that heaven is for real.

I received a free copy of this book for review from Booksneeze. I was not required to write a positive review.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Book Review: Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry

In Chris Fabry’s newest novel, Almost Heaven, he tackles the question of God’s omniscience and omnipotence. Why, we have to ask ourselves, does God allow bad things – sometimes horrible things – to happen? How can one man’s life – scarred by tragedy – serve to glorify God?

Those are the questions that Malachi, the angel assigned to “look after” Billy Allman, asks as he watches and tries to protect his charge. He searches for understanding of God’s purpose, but even though he is able to see the top side of God’s tapestry, as he puts it, while mere humans are forced to work their way through the tangled threads of the underside, he still has trouble understanding the significance of this one boy’s life.

Billy lives in the coal mining area of the West Virginia hills. He experiences things that make us weep, but in spite of everything he still maintains his faith in God and His good purpose. What Malachi doesn’t understand is Billy’s soul – the soul that praises God in a song that weaves its way through Billy’s life. That music seeks, and finds, its resolution in the climax of the book.

Chris Fabry has given us a book filled with real people experiencing real life, and a glimpse into what one person can do when he seeks to serve God. I’m looking forward to reading more of Mr. Fabry’s books.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided a copy of this book for my review.