This book is an easy read, written from the father's perspective as he goes back over situations and conversations with his small son. I wasn't as affected by the son's stories of heaven and meeting Jesus and other family members as others were...and I am not sure if that is because I already heard it so much from those telling me about the book or because it is a lot to take in.
What affected me most was this father's viewpoint as it all played out. His son's illness, his very real conversations with the Lord he both loves and serves as a pastor to a church and his unwavering dedication to his family. His conversations with both his son and his wife, to me, a very positive example of a Christian father in a world that often showcases fathers in a negative, goofy light. His passion and love both impressed me and left me feeling very thankful that I had to chance to read about his heart and view.
Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.
Colton said he met his miscarried sister whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us.
Told by the father but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready there is a coming last battle.
If you are looking for a feel-good book...this one works.
**Thomas Nelson provided me this book for review purposes & is allowing me to keep this title once finished. I get no other compensation...other than the chance to fill my heart and soul with an excellent read :) **