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Friday, July 22, 2011

A Book You Can’t Put Down

A Book You Can’t Put Down
Most books I have a hard time putting down are thriller novels.  Fantasy can grip your attention much quicker than nonfiction books on topics that generally have more redeeming qualities.  But recently I came across a little book, Heaven is for Real (Thomas Nelson, 2010), written by Todd Burpo, that I just could not put down.  I really didn’t intend to buy it in the first place, but I had listened with one ear to an interview of the author and his son on FOX and Friends some weeks back.  I was mildly interested, but not motivated enough to actually order a copy.  Then as I was purchasing another book from Amazon, a promo popped up suggesting that I might enjoy this book.  I was still not sold, but since the paperback price was under $10, I thought, why not.

Well the book arrived along with some others that I was really interested in purchasing, so it set on my nightstand unopened for more than a month.  Finally, while I was participating in a mostly boring conference call, I paged through it and my interest was piqued.
This last weekend I started it in earnest and I literally could not put it down.  Except, at one point, I had to put it aside because I was incredulous in regard to a terrible misdiagnosis that is described in the book.
For a first time author, Todd Burpo (from Imperial, Nebraska) does an excellent job of telling an amazing story.  I’m not going to spoil it by trying to give you a synopsis, but I am going to strongly urge you to get a copy of this New York Times best seller.  You’ll understand why it is a best seller after you read a couple of chapters.  It’s only 162 pages long, but I guarantee that you will spend a very enjoyable two hours reading this fine book.  It may make you wince, laugh, and cry (I did), but it’s a great, fun, thoughtful, inspiring read.

Be sure and get yourself a copy.  (

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