Friday, April 11, 2014

Heaven Is For Real

When I logged in to Booklook Bloggers to chose a new book (which is provided free to me in exchange for an honest review), I was excited to see Todd Burpo's Heaven is for Real among the choices. Robbie and I have seen the preview for the movie based on this book and are planning to see it in the next couple of weeks (it comes out here April 16). Of course, anytime there's a movie based on a book, I really like to read the book first!


Because I've seen the preview, I already knew a good bit of this true story - a young boy survives a life-threatening surgery and then reveals that he spent time in heaven. He talks about his great-grandfather (who died when his dad was only a boy), his sister (who his mom miscarried) and where his parents were during his surgery - people and things his parents had never discussed with him and that he could not possibly have know about at his young age. 

Since I knew so much of the story, I did not expect  the book to be a can't-put-it-down kind of read . . . but it was! This is a fabulous story that shares this young boy's glimpse into heaven. His father is the author of the book, and it is extremely well written, using quotes and comments that came from this innocent young child as he shared about his experience in a nonchalant kind of way, like it was just one of the many things that had happened in his short life. This book was originally published in 2010, so it's been out a while. The copy I received was a special movie edition and had photos and interviews with the family and the director and actors involved in the upcoming movie. 

I highly recommend this book! Robbie's reading it now, and we are both looking forward to seeing the movie!

Have you read this book? Are you planning to see the movie?

10 comments:

alexa said...

I haven't read the book, but it sounds interesting :). Hope you both enjoy the film too and look forward to your review.

Ellyn said...

I've been wanting to read it... guess I need to get on that!

Barbara Eads said...

I read this book when it came out a few years ago and loved it. Since then, we read Proof of Heaven as our family book club book last summer. It's the same sort of book with a more scientific edge to it. It had a real impact on several family members. I can't wait for the movie to come out.

Sian said...

It certainly sounds intriguing. maybe the kind of movie TSO and I could watch together and talk about afterwards

Cheri said...

I haven't read it but now I want to!

Karen said...

This is one I missed somehow. Sounds fascinating!

Cheryl M said...

I'd LOVE to see this movie! In fact, I didn't really know much about it at all until I just read your review, so it's definitely on my agenda!!

Becky said...

I haven't heard of this book before but want to read it. now!

Beverly said...

I read it a few years ago and was very moved by it.

Maria Ontiveros said...

I"m definitely looking forward to the movie.
Rinda