Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | November 30, 2010

No darkness in heaven


Colton Burpo is an active healthy 11-year-old boy who, when he was age 4 got a glimpse of heaven when he died during emergency surgery and subsequently revived.  His story as told by his father, Todd Burpo, is as extraordinary as it is unbelievable.  What is, in fact, a miracle has become a tale of remarkable faith for his family and those who choose to be believe that a four-year-old could enter the throne room of God and come back to Earth and tell the story.

Only four-year-old Colton didn’t tell the story all at once.  His family picked up pieces of it over the years as Colton would tell stories of a sister he had never known (as his mom had a miscarriage prior to her pregnancy with Colton) and a great-grandfather who had died many years before his birth.  Todd Burpo tried many times to find a flaw in Colton’s descriptions of heaven and Jesus; however, everything he said was clearly as scripture has described it only more vivid and more real.

What makes this story so convincing is Burpo’s own skepticism as he approaches his son’s experience.  He thoroughly tests Colton’s heavenly observations and comes to the ultimate conclusion that God allowed a four-year-old boy the privilege of seeing the sights and sounds of heaven.

There is so much to this story that you must read it for yourself.  I can only wonder if Colton remembers in as much detail today what he experienced 5 years ago and will he remember it in 20 years or as he lays on his deathbed in his old age?  Will he remember what it was like and secretly yearn to return?  Does he realize today what a remarkable story he has to tell?  Obviously his earthly father and his Heavenly Father believe it’s a story worth repeating over and over again.  We have no need to fear death because something very special is waiting for us in Heaven.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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