Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A book so good I just had to tell you...

Unlike many of my blogging friends, I don't recommend books very often on this site. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure, I've ever recommended a book on this site. Which is rather odd because I LOVE BOOKS!

Big books, little books, fiction and non,
old books, new books, I love to look upon
books whose pages smell like ink,
and books that like to make me think.
plain cover books are just fine 
but something about book covers makes them sublime.
I love books!

Okay, so I'm not really a poet... but I was inspired. :)

The book that I have just finished reading and has inspired my stab at poetry is called "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo (with Lynn Bryant).  "A little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and Back".

I don't even know where to begin to tell you how refreshing this book is. (Maybe that's why I don't write about books very often!)

Colton is a boy who at three years of age almost died from a burst appendix. While he was on the operating table he visited heaven. Yep. that's what I said, he visited heaven. Now somewhere out there, someone is reading this rather cynically. (Wait, do I have any cynics that read my blog?)  

Over a period of a couple of years Colton's parents were constantly surprised by certain things that he said about his trip, things that couldn't be faked. He knew exactly what they had been doing while he was on the operating table, he talked about theological things in simplistic language, and spoke of heavenly concepts that he hadn't yet been introduced to in Sunday school. 

My absolute favorite part of the book is the family's search for the picture that looked most like Jesus. For years his dad and mom would ask him if Jesus looked like the famous paintings that most people associate with him.  Finally, four years after his trip to heaven, he found it.  You will be amazed when you read who the artist was.   

That's all I'm saying other than to say, Really, you should read it.



Sheila Siler said...

Ah man, I want to know about the picture! Did you know Eli used to describe (when he was 2 and 3)what it was like before he was born? He was positive he was in heaven BEFORE he was born . . .

kimster44 said...

Hi Linda, from one book lover to another - I read this book a month or two ago.....very refreshing! Not your normal way of writing a book either, but I truly enjoyed it!! I think you are a pretty good poet too. :-).

Jo said...

Oh I heard about this book!! It sounds really interesting... :)

BTW, I tagged you in a blog meme today, if you're interested... :)


Heather Murphy said...

I will have to check this out. You have been tagged!

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