By Todd Burpo
4 hours and 16 minutes listening time
Someone posted on one of my online discussion boards and how it was a great book. They mentioned about how one part moved them to tears and that everyone should read it. On impulse, I got the audio and tried it, thinking four hours is not much of an investment. My opinion? Eh.
In this book the author's son had a short encounter with death and months after his surgery, he started telling his parents about how while in surgery, he visited with Jesus. Now, we are not religious in our household. At all. I am not saying anything against people who are, just in our house, we aren't.
As much of a good story as this book *could* have been, it was just eh. And the reason for me was because it was just so damn preachy. It seemed that for every sentence there was, there was another sentence that quoted the bible. For people who like this kind of stuff, more power to you, but for me it was slightly annoying.
The reason I picked this book up was because someone had said that in part of this book, the little boy meets his unborn older sister. His mother had a miscarriage a few years prior to him being born, however the parents had never discussed this with the boy. But when he went to heaven, he meets his sister. The parents then ask him what her name was and he tells them that she didn't have a name because they didn't name her. I thought that part was going to be the "WOW" moment for me because I have had two miscarriages and didn't really name either of them, but the moment was over before I even grasped the umph moment.
So, even though I don't really subscribe to this kind of thing, I might go through and name my unborn children, because there is always that "just in case" feeling, but other than that....this book was just not my cup of tea.