Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book Review-Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

I borrowed this for a long road trip during which I usually read a book aloud while my husband drives. It was also good timing because we listened to a portion of Heaven by Randy Alcorn just prior to this read.

Overall, Heaven if for Real was a quick read (only took 2 hours) with a heavenly storyline. Colton was just four years old when he was hospitalized for an unknown illness, it turned out that he would require an emergency appendectomy. This book is a recounting of the events that occurred during his surgery and the resultant revelation by Colton to his parents over the next 10 years or so. There has been some discussion about the truth of the little boy's actual journey to heaven or lending it to an active imagination. I can't say either way, but it does make you think about eternity, which is always good. I guess I would say read it carefully with a theological filter, but sure it was a good read.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Book Review-A Love That Multiplies by Michelle & Jim BobDuggar

My husband and I have been following the Duggar's show, 19 Kids and Counting on TLC for the past 3 years and to be honest I wanted to know more. The book, A Love That Multiplies was their second book and was published earlier this year. We knew that they had a preemie, Josie, in 2009 and I guess this is when I got hooked since I was pregnant at the time and it made me ponder the reality of the situation. During this trial, they (Michelle & Jim Bob) were very honest and transparent about their faith, but really they speak boldly for the Lord in every show/interview.

To be honest, I was first a skeptic because of a previous reality show (Jon and Kate + 8) that turned me off, but after reading this book I am a believer. I am a believer because they stand firmly on the Word of God in their business decisions, parenting and everything else. Michelle wrote most of the book and I sure appreciated her openness pertaining to her early parenting struggles. Now, at one point they had 11 kids under the age of 11 (two sets of twins) and were juggling parenting and homeschool responsibilities. I don't have any idea what this would be like, but...she turned to God for answers. I sure appreciate the truth of Hebrews 4:16 when I don't know what to do. She spoke about the anger she felt when parenting and shares how God taught her a mighty lesson. The more I watch her on camera and listen to her during interviews I am excited that it IS possible to manage ALL God's blessings patiently and in a spirit of gentleness.

Great read (5 stars), would totally recommend to any parents. It would make a great Christmas gift!

Sarah