I grew up Catholic and never had any trouble believing in God, Jesus, heaven, any of that. I was always involved in my church growing up and, though I’m no longer an every Sunday churchgoer, my belief has not wavered. However, I know many people struggle with the idea of if there is indeed some “higher being” in the world that is watching over us all and if, when we die, we really do go to another place and not just rot in a grave.
Several weeks ago, my mom told me about this book that a friend had told her about called “Heaven is for real” by Todd Burpo. It’s a little boy’s story of what he saw in heaven while he was in surgery. Now, I’m sure there are already skeptics: “Yeah, sure, that’s easy to make up.”; “The kid was only four, he didn’t know what he was talking about”; etc. Agreed, completely. But once you read the book, all your doubts go away. He tells his parents what they were doing when he came out of his body during surgery; something he never could have known. He also mentions to his mom that he met his other sister in heaven. His mom had miscarried before he was born and they’d never told him about it (they didn’t even know it was a girl because she had only been two months along).
All in all, it is an AMAZING story and I don’t care if you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist, your beliefs are wavering or you’ve never felt closer to God, this is a book that you need to read. I think it’s hard for us to think about what heaven is really like and it’s amazing to hear this little boy’s story about what he saw. God sitting in his throne with Jesus on his right and Gabriel on his left. Wow, just incredible.
A very easy read, too. You get into it and never want to put it down. I literally started it late last night and just finished. Definitely go get your hands on this book, it’s incredible and will absolutely solidify any doubts you may have had about whether or not heaven exists!