Summertime is the right time to savor a good read

Jennifer Ficcaglia/Assistant Editor / Catholic Courier    |    07.10.2018
Category: Our Two Cents

As you may have surmised from my occupation, I love to read! Even though I read all day at work, I still like to get lost in a good book in my spare time.

Over the years, Staff Writer Annette Jiménez has steered me toward several terrific titles. While I wait for two more of her book suggestions to become available through inter-library loan, I decided to read 2010’s Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent.

Recently, my husband, Joe, and I ran across some videos on near-death experiences and how some people said they had been to heaven. One of the stories was of Burpo’s son, Colton, who was just shy of 4 when he was not expected to survive emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix. Miraculously, the boy lived, and even more miraculously, he said he had left his body while on the operating table and went to heaven. He recounted very vivid and biblically accurate details about his experience — the kind of details that a child of his age cannot read about, let alone comprehend.

As Colton described his experiences, sometimes he lacked the vocabulary to convey what he heard and saw in heaven. For example, he didn’t know the word “sash,” so when he talked about the garb of those in heaven, he simply said they were wearing “color” over their clothes and motioned from one shoulder to the opposite side of his body.

One thing Colton conveyed very clearly is how much God and Jesus love us. And his father added that we all must have Colton’s childlike faith to enter the kingdom of heaven.

I just finished Heaven is for Real last night, and I’m looking forward to some more inspiring summer reads.

What’s on your reading list this summer?

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