Sunday, October 28, 2012
Heaven Changes Everything by Todd & Sonja Burpo
Have you read Heaven Is for Real? If not, you may be the only person who hasn't. It was released in 2010, has been on the best-seller list for weeks and weeks. And---it is still the #61 best-selling book on Amazon as of October 28, 2012. Heaven Changes Everything is a sequel of sorts in a daily reading format. The first book was written by Todd Burpo with ghost-writer, Lynn Vincent. This one is co-written by Todd and his wife, Sonja.
Each of the 42 chapters begins with a quote from Heaven Is for Real, followed by a one- or two-page essay by Todd or Sonja or both. Every reading ends with a life application question and a Bible verse. The Burpos explore how Colton's experience in heaven has altered the way they live their lives. They want this book to encourage those who are unsure about heaven, those who have lost children to miscarriage, or those who grieve for lost loved ones. And, they want people to know that Jesus loves the children and the people who work with them.
I think this book serves a very good purpose, but maybe it's not for everyone. I did not become so engrossed in the story that I could not put the book down as was the case with Heaven Is for Real. Perhaps it's not fair to compare the two books because the first book tells they story while this one expands on the original. If you fall into one of the target groups mentioned above, you will definitely benefit from reading it. It would also be a good gift for someone in one of those groups.
Browse the contents on Amazon here.
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