30 September 2012

Audiobook Review: Heaven is for Real

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.

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). 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.

19 September 2012

What's Up, Buttercup? What Lady Whimsy Has Been Up To...

1. Baby Whimsy now wakes up and browses through her books. Sometimes she even flips through the pages and babbles like she's pretending to read. I love it. So much so that I tweeted this:

2. Got my "first taste of fall" with a Salted Caramel Mocha from Starbucks. I didn't think it was possible to love something more than the Pumpkin Spice Latte, but I do. I am after all an utter slave to all things sweet & salty. Also in this picture is the new winter edition of my favorite mag on the planet. It's called Flea Market Style and if you love thrift shopping and upcycling you MUST get your hands on it.

3. I received One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath for review. Wahoo! This adorable cover just screams fall to me. I want to sit up in that tree with Primrose. Except I would bring a thermos of hot cocoa.

4. The darling Danielle of There's a Book made my month by gifting me 3 books I have been hoping and wishing for. How she remembers something like that blows my mind. If you don't know Danielle, you MUST change that. She is one of the sweetest and most thoughtful bloggers I have ever had the honor and pleasure of interacting with. She is my unofficial sister from another mother.

Now tell me, what's new with you?