This is a hard review for me. While I enjoyed the quick pace and easy read and even laughed out loud at a few parts where his pure honesty about certa...moreThis is a hard review for me. While I enjoyed the quick pace and easy read and even laughed out loud at a few parts where his pure honesty about certain topics is humorous, it lacked something for me.
A couple of things made me not give it more stars. The way that it is written sort of got under my skin. Kind of like a rendering of an ADHD man's mind in blog form. The fact that he changed topics so quickly and that it didn't go in chronological order made it a little difficult to completely immerse myself in it.
The other part that left the rating at 3 stars is that pretty much everything he talks about is something that I've already thought about and have moved on from. There was nothing profounding or deeply thought provoking that I will take with me and think about for a long time to come. It's pretty obvious and surface stuff he talks about which keeps this book from moving to a different level.
However there is one part that I will quote from the book because I thought it hit the mark quite perfectly:
"Writers don't make any money at all. We make about a dollar. It is terrible. But then again we don't work either. We sit around in our underwear until noon then go downstairs and make coffee, fry some eggs, read the paper, read part of a book, smell the book, wonder if perhaps we ourselves should work on our book, smell the book again, throw the book across the room because we are quite jealous that any other person wrote a book, feel terribly guilty about throwing the schmuck's book across the room because we secretly wonder if God in heaven noticed our evil jealousy, or worse, laziness. We then lie across the couch facedown and muble to God to forgive us because we are secretly afraid He is going to dry up all our words because we envied another man's stupid words. And for this, as I said before, we are paid a dollar. We are worth so much more." (less)
This book was a quick read - I read in in less than a day, and very simplistic story of the accounts of this young boy's "visit to heaven" retold by h...moreThis book was a quick read - I read in in less than a day, and very simplistic story of the accounts of this young boy's "visit to heaven" retold by his father.
Being completely honest, I went in skeptical.
Something about the fact that the boy grew up in not only a Christian home, but with a father who is a pastor, made me not so sure what was learned subconciously through conversations at home or a church, and what was his true experience.
I'm not coming in with a perspective that heaven is not real. Or that small children aren't open/closer to a whole other world that we are unable to see as adults. Believe me, I have seen the open honesty of a young child knowing/seeing things that don't "make sense".
I believe in faith and being spiritual, but I just haven't figured out how so many different religions can have the same beliefs that their spirituality is the "right" spirituality and all others are not legit.
With that being said, did Colton see what he and his family believe in? I think so. If a child from another religion had a near death experience, would they see what they believe in? I think the answer would be yes.
I'm not saying that people won't enjoy this book, it's just that it seems as if it was a good opportunity for a family living with small salaries (which is mentioned NUMEROUS times throughout the book) to gain a larger income, which makes this seem ingenuine. I'm not saying that I don't believe any of it - seeing his Pop and unborn sister as strange as it sounds I believed - but some of the other details seemed to be pulled from prior knowledge, even if unconcious knowledge and possibly even some suggestions from the mother and father, even though they insist that they never "led" him in any of his answers.
We all have our own views of what heaven is like and I think that having a near death experience would play out in what our minds and hearts believe in. Scientifically speaking, I know that the body puts out a chemical that creates a sort of dream-like state which makes a lot of sense to. It's all about what you believe in...
One great thing that I got from this book is the story of Akiane Kramarik, who I somehow have never heard of. She is the epitomy of child prodigy and not only is her story incredible, coming from an aetheist home without knowing religion at all, I believe in her spirituality of seeing and hearing things which is proof in her artwork and poetry. She is an anomaly and the truth is apparant in the way she speaks and in her work which she began when she was only 4. I'm definitely going to be looking more into her work and her poetry. Absolutely amazing.
So even though I wasn't completely enamored with this story, I think I learned some new things and I'm glad I know about Akiane now.