2¢ Worth: Heaven is for Real stuck with me for days. I couldn't get Colton's description of heaven out of my head. I couldn't stop reflecting back on Todd's descriptions of how they unraveled Colton's experiences. I really couldn't stop looking at the painting Colton confirmed looks like Jesus. It stuck with me. It made me think. It validated some things I had heard and challenged other things I had heard. It made me think of my father who passed away in April 2011. It brought out my inner skeptic and believer simultaneously. It reminded me over and over again of that expression and Bible passage (Psalm 8:2), "Out of the mouth of babes." Heaven is for Real isn't a beautifully written piece of literature everyone will enjoy. But if you're open to it, is an honest, simple, clear, thought provoking retelling of what happened to one boy and his family. It's the kind of book I will never forget and probably relisten to many times over.
Words aloud: Dean Gallagher is so earnest as the narrator that I really did believe during my listen that he was the author himself. His no frills honest approach felt very authentic.
Wind-up: Heaven is For Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent (published by Oasis Audio) is read by Dean Gallagher and consists of 4 discs (4 hours and 16 minutes). Audiobook Rating: 4 stars. Narrator Rating: 3 stars.
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