What an incredibly fascinating story. I would be driving to work listening and wanted to stay in the car to see what would happen next. Its a book that makes you think long and hard about whether there is a heaven and a God. A great book that already have recommended to others who have also loved it too.
As a "believer" I found this a little hokie. . . . too much of this story is contrived . . . the author and his son spend too much energy convincing the reader of its believability.
Not especially well-written, but the story is riveting and very believable. The non-believers will find holes in the story and explain it away. Believers will find even more proof that there really is a place called heaven.
When you stop to realize that this is an actual account of what a 4 year old boy experienced when undergoing an emergency appendectomy, you will find it to be very compelling. I listened to it in the car on a 3 hour trip. I hadn't quite made it to the end and could not wait for some quiet time to listen to the end.
What a blessing that Burpos chose to share their story. I recommend this book for children, mothers who have lost a child and anyone struggling in their faith.
The heaven this boy experienced is extremely stereo typical of the Christian heaven, at least, as taught by most contemporary churches in the USA. That said, this story very well may be a glimpse into that part of heaven, the Christian heaven, but the accounting does not hold my interest enough to listen more than 2/3 the way through due to the amount of common belief structures built into the story it gives me some doubt as to whether it is an experience fully from that side of life and instead made from much which may have been heard by this child before, perhaps deeply buried in his subconscious mind and coming to light now as he begins to be able to more fully communicate, as he matures. I have no doubt this child has heard the stories he has repeated as part of his NDE experience many times over as a child, due to his father being a preacher, it is expected he would do so. Now, perhaps he is telling exactly what happened, maybe, I don't know. I suppose there is a Christian heaven waiting for the faithful which exactly mirrors what is told in this story, as taught in churches simply because that is what those souls expect and are comfortable to go through after "death".
It is my firm belief that there are many facets to heaven, many heavens which fit the expectations of the souls who gravitate to each of them, this being a story of just one of them. I think this story will be well received by the masses of Christians but keep in mind, this is just part of the story, one small part of that heaven which has mansions for each of us, no matter what religion or belief system.
There are a thousand paths to God, Namaste.
I don't know. It was really just boring.
It was just not that interesting. It was like listening to a parent over-talk about their kid.
I just don't know why this book was such a seller.
Audio books have opened my world so much. I have been a member for a few years and i plan on being a member for many more years <3
seven out of ten.
when he describes heaven.
No i havent. But I liked him.
emm, good question.
As good as any
The end where he mentions there were dogs in heavenbecause mine just died
What a trip!!
Wow. Talk about much ado about nothing. This book and this so called true story is just plain stupid. I am a pretty open minded person and I would love to think a child visited heaven and has come back to tell us all about it. But there is absolutely NOTHING compelling about what this child says. The author freaks out because his child says, "Daddy, did you know Jesus loves the children?" Wow. How earth shattering that the child of a preacher would make that statement. I am sure there is no way he's ever heard that before. This book is basically about how two parents latched onto everything their child said and encouraged the kid with their reactions to spout a few pieces of scripture and make up stories about heaven. If he did really go to heaven, then the author embellished this story in such a way that they completely discredit the event. The most astounding thing about this book is that anyone has bought into it.