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My prayer life has always been lacking.
I have an imagination that runs wild. (And, as a side note, has definitely been passed on to my daughter. The other day she put socks on her hands and insisted they were for building a snowman. Which we did. In the living room. Out of air.) I could never count sheep because I start picturing them doing funny things, like trying to get under the fence or performing pirouettes.
I have a difficult time getting to sleep because I can’t get my brain to shut down. And when I pray, I feel unable to focus, to just stay praying. My mind gallops off and all of a sudden I’m making a grocery list and trying to remember if we need pasta and trying to picture what Libbie might look like in a few years.
When I visited my parents in March, my mom urged me to read Heaven Is for Real on her Nook. And, in a matter of hours I spent absorbed in that little screen, I did.
If you haven’t heard of this New York Times bestseller (still #1 in nonfiction, and it came out in November), it is the true story of a 3-year-old boy who went to heaven during a very serious illness and time in the hospital.
I completely believe that it is true. First, everything is backed with biblical quotations. Second, the child knew things he couldn’t know. Third, even a 3-year-old couldn’t make up this stuff.
The writing is not elegant and it can be a bit scattered, but the pieces of what the author, Todd Burpo, relays are heart-wrenching and make me thirst for heaven.
Reading Heaven Is for Real has changed my prayer life. I think it’s because I have a portrait of heaven drawn by a 3-year-old: one my tiny brain can take in. I can imagine myself sitting in a little chair next to Jesus, talking about the people I know, the things I care about, my woes and joys. Where I would plead with Him to “shoot His power down” (terminology from the child).
Jesus is real. Heaven is real. If you need a little reinforcement of those matters, I think reading this book might be eye-opening for you. Even if you don’t, I think it’s an awesome reminder that Jesus cares for us, for every aspect of our lives. He has prepared a place for us that is awe-inspiring.
I know these are muddled words, but I can’t quite describe the why. I just hope you’ll take my urging and get Heaven Is for Real into your hands as quickly as possible. Then come tell me what you thoughts about it! You can always e-mail me if you want to chat about books – or just about anything.
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