Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo

Before I started reading Heaven Is For Real, I had heard a lot of "hype" about it - "Everyone should read it!", "Amazing story!", "I cried all the way through it!" and so on.  I hate to admit it, but I usually steer clear of books, movies, music, etc that enthralls the masses.  Yeah, I'm a rebel like that, haha.  

Anyhow, when I had the chance to review this at no cost to myself, I said, "Why not? Let's see what the hype is all about."  So, I got the book and read it... with a box of tissues at my side, in amazement.  Mmmmhmmm.  I did cry through much of it and it is an amazing story.  It also makes you THINK about your priorities in life and what's to come in the future.

Colton Burpo had an "out of body" experience during which he went to Heaven.  Through his various and sporadic revelations of that time, we see that Heaven Is For Real and Colton's experience of Heaven  actually matches up to what the Bible says about Heaven.  It amazes his parents when he talks about his older sister that died, when his parents had never told him they had miscarried a baby.  It's also amazing when he tells them about Todd's Grandfather that Colton had never met.  Colton talked about the beautiful rainbow in Heaven and about seeing his dad fight in a battle against Satan.  The biggest thing that stood out to me, was the fact that in Todd's weakest moment [when Colton's life was in danger], he cried out to God and God was merciful and spared Colton's life.  We can share our anger with God, and not only does He understand, He loves us anyway.

So, if you hear a lot of positive hype about this book-- BELIEVE IT!  It's an excellent read, and would even make a great book to give as a gift!

Monday, December 12, 2011

God Gave Us Love by Lisa T. Bergren

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books.  A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured.  The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between!  Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

WaterBrook Press; Brdbk edition (December 20, 2011)
***Special thanks to Laura Tucker, WaterBrook Multnomah Publicity, for sending me a review copy.***


LISA BERGREN is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than thirty books, with more than two million copies sold. A former publishing executive, she now splits her time working as a freelance editor and writer while parenting three children with her husband, Tim, and dreaming of the family’s next visit to Taos.

Visit the author's website.


As Little Cub and Grampa Bear’s fishing adventure is interrupted by mischievous otters, the young polar bear begins to question why we must love others… even the seemingly unlovable.

In answering her questions, Grampa Bear gives tender explanations that teach Little Cub about the different kinds of love that is shared between families, friends, and mamas and papas. Grampa explains that all these kinds of love come from God and that it is important to love others because…

“Any time we show love, Little Cub, we’re sharing a bit of his love.”

This sweet tale will warm the hearts of young children as they learn about all the different sorts of love, while the gentle explanations of each provide a valuable opportunity to encourage children to share with others a “God-sized love.”  Now in a sturdy format, ideal for the littlest hands at storytime, bedtime, or anytime. Would make a great Christmas gift!

Product Details:

List Price: $6.99
Reading level: Ages 0 and up
Board book: 22 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press; Brdbk edition (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307730271
ISBN-13: 978-0307730275

Here's an excerpt from the first book in the series: God Gave Us You (Board Book). (Click on images to see them larger):