Heaven Is For Real

  Todd Burpo is a pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan, serves as a volunteer fireman, and works with a garage door  company. His wife, Sonja, is a children’s minister, busy pastor’s wife, and mom. Colton, now an active twelve-year-old, has an older sister Cassie, and a younger brother, Colby. The family lives in Imperial, Nebraska.

This story is about Colton, at age 3, goes through appendicitis. He goes through 5 days of his insides being poisoned. While being operated on, he leaves his body and goes to Heaven. He could tell his Dad what room he was praying in, and where his mom was when he was in his “out of body” experience. While he was in heaven, he got to talk to people he has never meet in life. They even talk about events that have happened before Colton was even born. He got to meet his sister, which his mom miscarried within of two months of being pregnant. He also got to meet his great-grandfather, which passed away about 30 years before Colton was born. Colton never knew about his sister, or his Great-Grandfather. When he came back from Heaven, he got to tell his mom and dad about his experience and everything that happened. His mom and dad didn’t pry information out of him, but what he knew matched up to the Bible. He knew things that normal 3 year olds (almost 4 years old) would never be able to understand.

I actually loved this book. It only took me about two days to read it, and I would suggest it to anyone. If you have kids you can relate to the emotional pull the parents are in. You gain insight on what Heaven is like, and how it can be real. Do I fully trust their judgment? Well, maybe, but I am human and I wouldn’t fully believe till I saw it for myself, which I am sure you would be the same. It was hard for me to grasp that the little boy had such interesting details, even I have an almost four year old and her way of words is not that of Colton. So, could possibly Todd added more when they wrote the book, possibly, who knows right? However, I would say hands down this is one of the best books I have read this year. I can also say that this book is very insightful, interesting, encouraging and difficult to stop once you start.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Close Enough To Hear God Breathe

Greg Paul is a pastor and member of Sanctuary in Toronto, Canada, a ministry where the wealthy and poor share their experiences and resources daily and care for the most excluded people in the city, including addicts, prostitutes, the homeless, and gay, lesbian, and transgendered people. Greg is a former carpenter, a father of four and married to Maggie. He is also an author of two other books: The Twenty-Piece Shuffle and God in the Alley.

Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul points out how our God should be viewed as our Father, a parent himself, as we are His Children. Greg breaks down the verses from the Bible and also tells of stories that have happened in his life, which allowed him to get closer to God intimately; but not in a sexually way but with a deep feeling that we should all be with God.

Greg also helps us understand how God is here for us when we need him, through good and bad. He also provides Notes and a Reader’s Guide at the end of the book.

Would I recommend this book? Sure. Everybody reads a book and takes it in differently. I personally enjoyed the book and I hope you do to, if you decide to read Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Grace of God

The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

I newly received The Grace of God by Andy Stanley in the mail. The book is very insightful and uplifting. It speaks to you about how God created the Earth just for us. God knew it would be good for us, which He done out of grace.

Stanley walks us through the stories of Joseph, Moses, Jonah, all the way to the New Testament of where Jesus was on Earth. Stanley points out where grace seems to be hiding in all these books in the Bible.

Stanley mentions that through God’s grace, which we all need. God gives us something that we do not deserve. We all need God’s grace, but not everyone will receive it, and we may feel this is unfair, but sometimes we do not want what we deserve.

Stanley states, “Grace is the vehicle God uses on occasion to ensure that we get precisely what we don’t deserve.”

I would recommend this book to Bible Study groups. We could all learn about God’s grace and it would be a great discussion topic.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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