Saturday, August 06, 2011

Heaven is for Real...

The moon on 8/2/11

We've had a house guest staying with us this past week.  "Coach" is J.'s soon-to-be college golf coach.  When he arrived here he handed me the book, Heaven is for Real and said, "I think you should read this."  Coach had been reading it on the plane and knew that I could easily read its 153 pages before he left for home, so I did.  And I'm glad I did.  

A little boy of four, Colton Burpo, had an emergency appendectomy and survived miraculously.  He begins telling  his dad and mom, bit by bit, month by month about his experience in Heaven.  It's hard to really talk about the happenings of the book much without spoiling it for you, but it's really an amazing book full of faith and love, and it will make you think more and more about Heaven. What I appreciated is how the author, Colton's dad, reflected his son's visions of Heaven in scripture. This is not a book to base your whole Christian theology upon, but it's a simple glimpse of what's to come, as seen through a child's eyes.

Prince of Peace by Akiene Kramarik

Have you ever heard of Akiane Kramarik?  She is a child prodigy who began drawing and then painting when she was six years old.  She started telling her mother, an athiest, her stories about Heaven, and later Akiane began to paint them.  Her mother had never spoken to her of God or allowed her to watch TV so  it is believed that her stories and art were not influenced by anyone, but were given by God.

"I think that God knows where he puts our children, in each family," said Mrs. Kramarik.  Cannot God reach us anywhere and any age and at any time He wants by any person He chooses?  Even a small child?  “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  ~Matthew 19:14 

God, give me a childlike faith.

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. G'day. I will try to find this book. A lovely blog. Take care. Liz...

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  3. And a little child shall lead them!

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  4. My boys have been asking much of heaven and of hell this week. Mouths of babes indeed.

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  5. I really enjoyed reading this post this morning...Blessings.
    That sky is amazing in the first photo...

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  6. I saw a little video about that little boy, I will track that book down. The girl that you spoke of has just amazed me through the years.
    You know, I might not have came to the Lord if not for having children.
    Knowing that I needed to be better, and knowing I was incapable of changing myself drove me to the Bible.
    So I think it is true.
    Thanks,

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  7. Thanks for this post. We have a good friend who just lost his wife of 52 years and he's reading this book (which I knew nothing about). My aunt showed me Akiane's beautiful work -(her husband also had passed away of horrible brain cancer)- she went to an art showing and met her. I, too, would like to have the childlike faith, God!

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  8. I read this book in the spring. I balled like a baby but loved every page. Excellent book for sure.

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  9. Someone suggested this book for a friend whose husband recently died. I'll have to check it out -- it looks very affirming & comforting. And couldn't we all use some of that?
    G

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  10. I've seen this book mentioned on other blogs lately -- it looks like a wonderful book!

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  11. Thanks for posting about this book. I've read it and it was such an encouragement to me about Heaven, especially for anyone who has a loved one waiting for us there. I love the view of Heaven from a child's eyes. Maybe God is helping the world gain a stronger longing for Heaven, since so many don't even believe Heaven is really real??
    - - Ruth K.

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  12. From the mouth's of babes...

    Blessings, Debbie

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  13. Thanks for posting about this. I have never read the book and do not know about the artist..but can be sure I am going to check out both!

    ~M~

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  14. I'd never heard of the little girl artist--what an amazing story!

    xofrances

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  15. I am so glad to be catching up on your blog. I`m so sorry about the hail.

    This post makes me want to weep right now, we are losing a close family member and it`s ripping our hearts out---this felt like a reminder from God that my Auntie is just actually going home. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Wow, I am just blown away by that painting and the story behind it. I will have to look for this book. I firmly belive there are chocolate truffle trees in heaven!! xoxo Clarice

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