But was it factual? I can’t say. Giving the author the benefit of the doubt, I assume he relayed the story honestly according to his and his son’s experience.
The story centers on the almost-4-year-old Colton, who nearly dies via a ruptured appendix. After his recovery, he nonchalantly speaks of heaven and Jesus and angels and dead grandparents. His father, a minister, is shocked by this. He is startled by the connections he sees between his son’s stories and scriptures that his son has not yet been exposed to.
(I, on the other hand, didn’t always make those same scriptural connections. Perhaps we interpret them differently?)
Does it make for a good story? Definitely.
Should it change your theology? Definitely not.
While not denying what Colton may or may not have experienced (because how would I or anyone else know???), I can’t let it negate my reasonings from scripture.
For me, I already believe heaven is for real anyway, based on what I read in the Bible, with or without anybody’s personal testimony.
Should you read the book?
Only if you’ll take it as one little boy’s story, and not equate it with bible truths. Keep searching those out for yourself.
It is a feel-good story and while not particularly sharply written (way too many frivolous details for my taste), it will keep you involved.
My prayer is that perhaps this book may provoke more scripture study on heaven. That would be beneficial.
Because heaven definitely is for real!
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In Tim Challies’ review, he advises you to: “Reject this book. Do not read it. Do not believe it. And do not feel guilty doing so.”
He obviously feels strongly about this book.
What about you? Have you read it? What did you think?