Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book Review: Heaven is Real for Kids by Todd and Colton Burpo

Heaven is for Real, Kids: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and BackHeaven is for Real, Kids: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a synopsis of the Kids Version: Heaven is for real, and you are going to like it!

Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message: Jesus really, really loves children. In effort to reach even more families with this eternally significant story, this runaway bestseller is now told from Colton-kid to kids! Children will receive the same comfort and assurance that so many adults have received from the trade book.

Beautifully illustrated, this book is uniquely written from a child for a child. Colton tells of his experiences in first person and comments on things that will be important to kids.  A letter to parents is included to guide them in talking to their children about heaven, Scripture, Q&A pages with answers from the Bible, and a prayer of salvation.

My daughter (11) read the kid's version and I read the adult version and skimmed the children's version.

Her review:

The kids version was easy to read, probably great for kids from age 5 to 9.  There are scriptures scattered throughout, the illustrations are gorgeous and the language is easy for a child to understand.  Definitely a book that can be used for a bedtime story or in a children's Sunday School class.  My daughter liked it and it was a very quick read for her.

Love and Blessings!

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Book Review: The Crossing by Serita Jakes

The CrossingThe Crossing by Serita Ann Jakes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the book cover:
Imprisoned by memories, Claudia Campbell lives each day in the shadow of a ten-year-old murder. Who can set her free?

On the way home from a football game, a decade earlier, a masked gunman opened fi re on a Texas school bus. Cheerleading coach B.J. Remington was killed, but her murderer was never found. Claudia, who had a close friendship with the young, spirited teacher, constantly relives the anguish of that day, caught in one moment in time. When her husband, the assistant district attorney, becomes determined to uncover the mystery of that tragedy, the secrets buried over the years threaten to tear their family apart.

Officer Casio Hightower will never forget the day his dreams were destroyed. A star quarterback with a promising future, Casio was on top of the world—until one bullet changed everything. He is eager to help Victor Campbell find B.J.’s killer, the man who shot him. Maybe solving the case will help silence the demons driving Casio to hurt the woman he loves.

As the Campbells and Casio teeter on the brink of losing everything, will they be able to discover that what begins at the crossing ends at the cross?

My review:
I have to admit, I was skeptical of this book. I mean I respect Serita Jakes as a minister... but as an author??? I wasn't so sure!

Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised. The book had a great story line, fantastic character development and really drew the reader in. I loved following the thought processes of the characters and trying to put myself in their shoes. Ms. Jakes is off to a wonderful start!

Love and Blessings!

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