Review of “Heaven is for Real”

Cover Art for Heaven is for real a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back Quick Review: 5 stars, You won’t be able to put it down, start to finish 2 days!

As most of you know I’m a avid reader and could never post reviews on all the books I read or I’d never get any reading done! And, to be honest, I went through quite a few “blah” books that make it very difficult for me to want to comment on. Or, maybe I could just put “blah” on the review and be done with it, but that’s probably not very helpful to anyone.

Having said that, there are a few books that have really stood out and I’ve loaned and recommended to many of my friends. “Heaven is for Real” is one of those books. If I gave out star ratings, it would be a 5 out of 5 stars, 2 thumbs up, lots of smilies, you get the idea. Now, (small disclaimer) I may have been more moved by this book because at the time I read it, I had a 3 yr old son and the main character in this book reminded me of him so much. I don’t typically cry while reading books, but this book had me crying on a plane. Yeah, awkward! However, it does tell you how much I was impacted.

Onto the review…as you can probably figure out, the story is about a 3 yr old boy who “dies” and goes to heaven. You can argue if he really died, if he really went to heaven, etc., all you want, but please don’t argue it with me. I can only go by what the book says and frankly, at some level it doesn’t matter. The images of heaven this little boy conveys in this book simply enhance my understanding of heaven and drive me (and most likely other readers) closer to Jesus and to me, that’s the key. I’ve tried to envision what heaven would be like and this book has broadened my perspective, made sense out of confusion, and provided comfort.

One of the main concerns I had beginning the book was, “Is it true?” After reading the book, my conclusion is probably, but I can’t swear to it. I will say that the parents throughout the book intentionally quiz the little boy in almost trying to trip him up to disprove him and are unable to succeed. Also, the admission that the little boy is “no angel” upon his return is really funny/realistic in my book!! (Remember, I’m the parent of a little boy of similar age!!) My humble suggestion would be even if you don’t believe the book, don’t want to read the whole book for whatever reason, are against the whole thing in general, skim through the book until you find the “picture section” and look at the picture of Jesus. I don’t want to be a spoiler, but this picture is the most amazing part of the book for me. Sometimes words cannot describe things and this is one of those times.  It’s beautiful and the story of how it came to be is amazing.

It truly is a great read, very inspiring and is a book that sticks with you. You won’t read this book one day and forget about it the next. It sticks in a good way.

If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you haven’t, run to the library or bookstore, it really is worth it!


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