At a time when my family had suffered great loss, as people of faith we looked for sources of edification all around us. I especially looked for ways to relate my understanding of faith and the death experience with my children in a way that helped us share how we felt. It was then that a friend recommended the book Heaven is for Real by Todd Burko
I read the book and it was so awesome that I got it on CD and listened to it with my children. We had already experienced a very impactful series of deaths in our family and what listening to the adult version of the book on CD did was give us a real language to discuss what heaven was like from someone their own age who had experienced it.
It also gave me something to relate to as a christian who went through all the emotions of grieving that we experience when bad things happen to good people. A great realization for us is that death is part of our story. An even greater realization is that it is really only the middle of the story.
What 4-year-old Colton Burpo experienced in his death episode and what his parents experienced as he relayed it in action, faith and in conversation over the years that followed his recovery exemplify what my local Griefshare Recovery Group taught me over my time in counseling. Death is not the end of our stories, it is just the middle. God loves us so much that death is certainly part of the redemption story – but it is not the end.
A while after we read the book and listened to it, I got the chance to review Heaven is for Real for kids: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, and Heaven is for Little Ones as told by Colton Burpo to his parents, Todd and Sonja Burpo. In both of these books heaven is pared down to kid size understanding because – well – Colin was a kid; and he wanted the message that Jesus loves children both on earth and in heaven to be shared kid to kid.
We read these books too, and they helped us to share and embrace the love that God has for us. They helped us to have a better understanding of just how much we can’t fully know in our life experience – and how much more love there is in Jesus Christ for us. If you haven’t shared these books with your children, click on the images to find out where you can get them and add them to your library. They are a phenomenal asset. Nobody communicates better with children than their own peers.
I know I can’t wait to see this movie with my family. I already know its one I am going to reserve the theatre for my family and friends to share together. We’ve encountered a lot of loss over the last few years and we need the bond of a healing movie like this one.
Will you take your family to see the movie? I hope you will. Until then, why not enter to win one of the books to share with your children, your churches youth library, or a special child in your life?
Entering to win is going to be so easy:
- Who would you give the book to if you won? Comment below and let me know. Remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win
- Like Tommy Nelson Kids on FB so you can keep up with great ways to encourage your children in faith.
- Follow 31 Days Early I Rise on Facebook and Twitter. Leave a separate comment for a separate entry for each action.
That’s it! Each one of those actions will get you entries to win and then two winners will receive one of either Heaven is for Real for kids: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back or Heaven is for Little Ones as told by Colton Burpo to his parents, Todd and Sonja Burpo.
Entrants must be 16 years of age or older, from the continental United States and the winner will be picked randomly.
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— Blck Divrcd Virtuous (@BDandV) November 21, 2013