My mom passed on the book Heaven is for Real after she read it and it was also the first e-book I bought for my wife when she got an eReader. While a book about people who go to heaven and return to tell about it is met with skepticism, I enjoyed reading this book. One of the things that I appreciated about the Burpos was how they interacted with Colton regarding his memories of heaven. They tried to allow him to share as opportunities presented themselves, rather than ask leading questions or perhaps planting ideas in his head. They sought to simply allow him to share.
In Heaven Changes Everything Todd and Sonja build on what was written in the first book. This second book is set up more as a devotional type reading, with forty-two short chapters based on a section of Heaven is for Real.
One of the nice aspects of this book is that it gives a look into where the family is now after the publishing of the first book. The Burpos share about some of the opportunities that have come their way because of the success of the first book. They talk about some of the speaking engagements they’ve had as well as chances to talk individually with those have lost a child or suffered some type of loss. They talk about family life after the writing of Heaven is for Real and the popularity of Colton’s story. Their story gives some insight into how Colton’s visit to heaven has impacted their own faith and the spiritual life of their family.
One thing continues to come out of the pages of this book – hope. Even though the Burpos were given their son Colton back, they also share the pain of a miscarriage prior to Colton’s birth. They have not only experienced the hope that God provides, they have been given a platform to share that with others. The encounters they share continually point to the promise of heaven and a Father who cares for His children.
If you have read Heaven is for Real, you would enjoy this next book. If you haven’t, this book provides a glimpse not just into the Burpo’s past experience, but how it impacts the way they live today.(I received this book from the BookSneeze.com program in exchange for my review)