Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Favorite Quote

“What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, 'This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!' Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, 'Never have I heard anything more divine'?”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Heaven is For Real is a Real Good Read

BOOK REVIEW: Heaven is For Real, by Todd Burpo

If you follow my twitter account, jillvachhani, you might have seen my ecstatic tweets about this book that I had been reading. It is called Heaven is For Real, written by Todd Burpo, who is a pastor, and it is the most inspirational thing I have ever read. 

Let me tell you the basic story.

It is a true story about a 3-year old boy named Colton who needs emergency surgery because his appendix bursts. He is on the brink of death for a few days and is given no chance of survival. Yet, somehow, he improves and is miraculously better in just a few days time. The nurses keep coming in to check on him but they are really just curious to see the boy, who they were told was going to die, come back to life...literally.

So a year or so passes and the family is driving by the hospital again (they live in the middle of no where in Nebraska so it really did a long time for them to even see the hospital) and the parents, Todd and Sonja, ask Colton if he remembers the hospital. He plainly states that it was where the angels sang to him. The parents are so awestruck that they pull over to ask him some more questions. They glean from the little information that a toddler can provide that Colton had actually died in the hospital and spent time in heaven.

Over the course of the next few years this happy, spirited child tells his parents more and more details in passing. From what Jesus really looks like to all the colors in Heaven. He even says that he finds family members that have passed. His knowledge of Heaven and all that it stands for in Christianity surpasses that of a small child, even for a child who's father is a pastor. 

My reason for reviewing this book is that it renewed my faith. I am not Christian, and in fact, I am not even particularly religious. However, the simple, unadulterated way with which this young boy relived his time in Heaven made it seem like it was a real place and that for those who do believe, I can imagine how warming it must be to be told that there is a place for you when your time here is done. 

I have always felt that children are unique in their ability to have faith and trust in others because they are not jaded by prejudices towards others and are pure of heart. I love children and I think that is what got me about this book. My heart was pounding when he started to talk about his "trip" to Heaven and I was never able to stop smiling.

This book might be about a young Christian boy and his devout family but please do not judge this book by that "cover". It really is just about a boy who helps to renew the faith of his family and those around him. I was touched,and as I said I am hardly religious at all, so I am sure that you will be too.

 So, if you know me I will probably be buying you this book sometime soon. If you do not know me... GO BUY IT :)