Glimmer of Heaven
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Clint and I recently received the book Heaven is for Real as a thank you gift. I had never heard of the book before, even though it’s #1 on the NY Times bestseller list. I read books based on word of mouth or I stick to my favorite authors. And I am so glad to have been given this book.
Most of us cannot wrap our minds around our eternal life in heaven. As Christians, we have a small glimpse into heaven from the bible. Heaven is for Real also offers a glimpse of heaven from a child’s perspective, retold by his pastor father. It’s an amazing story of a little boy’s trip to heaven and back. The story is meant to encourage you in your faith-walk; it’s a retelling of heaven details and child descriptions surrounded by accounts of answered prayers and emotional healings.
In my humanness, eternal life in heaven is far beyond my ability to understand or comprehend. So whether I found Colton’s three-minute experience in heaven completely believable, it doesn’t really matter. I was blessed to read how God used Colton to deliver a glimmer of hope to his mother, grandmother, babysitter, and others. And most of all, I was blessed by the boy’s childlike faith and humility.
“What is childlike humility? It’s not the lack of intelligence, but the lack of guile. The lack of an agenda. It’s that precious, fleeting time before we have accumulated enough pride or position to care what other people might think. The same un-self-conscious honesty that enables a three-year-old to splash joyfully in a rain puddle, or tumble laughing in the grass with a puppy, or point out loudly that you have a booger hanging out of your nose, is what is required to enter heaven. It is the opposite of ignorance—it is intellectual honesty: to be willing to accept reality and to call things what they are even when it is hard.” By Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent, Heaven is for Real