As of last night, I have read past the halfway point of "Heaven is for Real" by Reverend Todd Burpo. I still cannot believe how much I am enjoying this literature!!! Last night, I discovered that Rev. Burpo's mother lives in Ulysses, Ks. That is just approximately an hour south of Leoti. Pretty cool, huh?
Again, I strongly recommend that you read this book also. This book is A-W-ES--M-E!!! I believe that this book is capable of bringing people who are now on the fence about whether or not Jesus exists, over to the realization that Jesus is VERY REAL.
For those of you who may not have read my earlier postings on this book, the storyline deals with the facts that this little guy was dying of the effects of a ruptured appendix. During his surgery and illness, he crossed over and his soul actually went to Heaven. God restored his health to him. Once his soul and body were reunited, the boy began to tell his parents about amazing facts about Heaven, Jesus, angels and the people he met in Heaven. I better stop now. I definitely do not want to ruin the book for you!!!
I do feel like I am supposed to share this information with you that begins on page 74 of the book. Here it goes:
Begin quote. "I will tell you the truth," Jesus said, "unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
What is childlike humility? It's not the lack of intelligence, but the lack of guile. The lack of an agenda. It's that precious, fleeting time before we have accumalated enough pride or position to care what other people might think. The same un-self-conscious honesty that makes a three-year-old to splash joyfully in a rain puddle, or tumble laughing in the grass with a puppy, or point out loudly that you have a booger hanging out of your nose, is what is required to enter heaven. It is the opposite of ignorance--it is intellectual honesty to be willing to accept reality and to call things what they are even when it is hard." End quote.
Last night, I posted on FACEBOOK how much I am enjoying this book and how much I hope that others will read it also. By this morning, several people had left comments about how much they enjoyed the book. One lady remarked that this was the first book that she had read from cover to cover in 15 years! See what I mean? I am not the only adult who is so intrigued with Rev. Burpo's writings!!!