Book Heaven is for Real for Kids: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back I have absolutely no respect for any man who will pimp his own innocent child for money nor any mother who will tolerate it. This is as much child exploitation as child porn or renting one's little boy out to perverts by the hour.A little 4 year old child had a near death experience. Notice that I said NEAR death experience. There is a huge difference in being nearly dead and in being dead. Flash forward several years and his exploitative father, a Christian minister who sees other ministers writing books and making big bucks decides that he will write one too. What to write about? Christians are gullible and will believe any myth they see in the bible or told to them by those with credentials from the church but it needs to be something pretty spectacular to get attention in a sea of other books for gullible Christians. Aha! He will make up a tale about his little boy who was so sick years earlier. That book was called "Heaven is For Real". Burpo (an apt name as he makes me want to burp, belch then vomit) and the little wifey conspire to declare that there is proof of a heaven and that their son said and did this and that at age 4 after being in a coma (but NOT dead). Now, one cannot prove that there is life after death (an absurd notion in the first place) or that there is a heaven when one has NOT died. This poor child has the misfortune to be a minister's son which means he has been brainwashed into believing christian myths since birth. Burpo and his wife decide to turn their son into a cash cow. Heaven is not for real but gullible christians with checkbooks and credit cards are. The child was 4 when he was sick. It has been years and Burpo has just recently come out writing books about it. As psychologists, teachers, and parents know, preschool children have fantastic imaginations and they are also highly suggestible. The child likely (after being brainwashed into believing myths) was easy prey to his parents in establishing a story and convincing him he said things years ago.There is no evidence that the child ever dreamed any of this or that it is anything other than a figment of the father's devious mind. He apparently has no shame for he has now written this piece of trash "for" his son pretending the child is telling a story about something that never happened to corner the kiddie market. This is simply disgraceful. This is why religious mythology is so hard to get rid of. Ignorant parents brainwash yet another generation of kids with garbage like this. There is no heaven and this kid has never been dead or gone anywhere. This is just a greedy father selling his kid for personal profit. . Heaven is for Real for Kids: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back is a Kindle HardCover Pub Date 2011 Pages 32 Publisher Thomas Nelson Heaven is for real and you are going to like it Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message Jesus really really loves children In effort to reach even families with this eternally significant story this runaway bestseller is now told from Colton kid to kids Children wilHardCover Pub Date 2011 Pages 32 Publisher Thomas Nelson Heaven is for real and you are going to like it Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message Jesus really really loves children In effort to reach even families with this eternally significant story this runaway bestseller is now told from Colton kid to kids Children will receive the same comfort and assurance that so many adults have received from the trade book.Beautifully illustrated under Colton s direction this book is uniquely written from a child for a child Colton tells of his experiences in first person and comments on things that will be important to kids A letter to parents is included to guide them in talking to their children about heaven Scripture along with Q A section with answers from the Bible are also included in the book.. Todd Burpo is pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan and a volunteer fireman He and his wife, Sonja, have four children Colton is an active 14 year old he has an older sister, Cassie a younger brother, Colby and a very special sister he met in heaven, yet to be named.. Good Book Heaven is for Real for Kids: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back I read this book today. I'd never have picked it up, but a friend with a young child shared it with me. She was so excited about it. She knows I love to read, that I believe in God, and she was positively thrilled to share it with me. Heck, she sat there while I read it.Alrighty then.... I don't even begin to know how to categorize this book. Certainly it's non-fiction as it recounts what society categorizes as a "near death" experience. Certainly it's a kid's book as it's the version of this story written and illustrated for kids (vs. the edition that's geared toward adults, as apparently there are different castings of this account). Surely, there can be hardly any more important topics than Heaven, immortality, and humanity's ongoing search for the meaning of life.This remarkable little toddler--who is not the author of the book, I might note--apparently died while undergoing an unspecified surgery, had these remarkable experiences, and was returned to earth (that's not a spoiler folks, it's all implied right there in the title) in answer to his father's prayers. Interesting. The same father who is the "author" of this book. The same father who is a pastor. "Not his mother's prayers?," I wonder. What a potentially marvelous, powerful and ultimately faith-affirming message. The child relays, presumably over the course of years, his memories and the details of his brief experience of Heaven. They are accompanied by illustrations that are not his own, and with assorted scriptural citations with which--at the age of three--he was doubtless not fully conversant. The final product however, this book, leaves me with far more questions than it does answers and certainty. My questions are not about the veracity of Heaven, or God, or the power of faith. They are, instead, all about the context--which is sorely lacking here--about how parents (I presume both parents approved of this effort) decide that this is a message that is unique and needs to be carried to the rest of the world--in formats targeted for specific demographics. This is the part where I'm caught short. This is the part where if I cared more (which quite honestly I don't), I'd do some research on the backstory. Why don't I care? Not because I don't care about the message, but because I care a whole lot less about Colton's parents' decision to publish these books and don't want to give them any more of my time. There's a vast and interesting literature on out-of-body and near-death experiences. If this were Colton's account, told in his own words and through his own filters, it could readily complement that rich body of work. As it's not, I'm simply left wondering what it's like to have this momentous occasion capitalized upon by one's parent(s).One final point. The book contained a section addressing kids' questions after reading the book. One of the questions was something to the effect of "How do animals get to Heaven?" I was a kid once, admittedly a long time ago. My inner child doesn't want to know the specific mechanism by which animals get to heaven, esp. as the book depicts assorted animals including the range of Peaceable Kingdom lion and lamb imagery in Heaven. Nope. What I want to know is, "Do my pets go to Heaven, will I see them, and will they get along?" That's a very different series of pet-related questions than the one presented, and pretty succinctly dismissed in my estimation, at book's close.So I'm left more than a little ambivalent here due to (1) the lack of context and (2) the inescapable fact that the child who actually underwent this powerful experience, Colton Burpo, was not afforded the opportunity to tell his own story. What has been lost or, more likely embellished and buffed to a glossy sheen, in the retelling by his pastor father? I'd be interested in Colton's story, but I'd like a good deal less of Dad in here.
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