“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”. 1 Corinthians 2:9
The #1 best selling book on Amazon right now is “Heaven is For Real”, by Todd Burpo. The editors describe the book as “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.”
I have to admit, I am very sceptical of books like these, that purport to be true accounts of people who have gone into heaven in a near-death experience and then return to tell us about it. I know how easy it is to be deceived and God tells us to “test the spirits.” However, after reading this book and trying to find ways where the facts don’t fit or if the stories could have alternate explanations, I came away with the thought that this could be real. You have to read for yourself and make up your own mind.
This book could be helpful for people who have lost loved ones and give them hope and encouragement. It also depicts the life and faith of a small town minister and his family. It shows a church in action, actively supporting and fervently praying for their pastor and family.
Faith is believing in what we don’t see, so I don’t think I have to have a special tour of heaven to believe in heaven. But if this is a true story, then it is nice to have some confirmation that Heaven is real and God is real and Jesus is real. While not being too quick to accept, I also don’t want to be too quick to dismiss. I just know that I want to some day live with Jesus forever, and heaven will be greater than anything I can think or imagine.
“Saved by Grace Alone”