I'm hesitant to review this book at all, since the author's story is very personal, and critiquing the book feels a little bit like critiquing a prescI'm hesitant to review this book at all, since the author's story is very personal, and critiquing the book feels a little bit like critiquing a preschooler. As a Christian, I find Todd Burpo's son Colton to be pious yet imaginative, with some of the details of his experience getting weirder and less credible as the book progresses. By the end, Colton is prophesying about an end-times battle in which his father will wield a sword against "monsters." When Colton's details elaborate on what the Bible leaves out, Todd believes them as much as be believes Scripture itself. But this book is hardly written with skeptics in mind--readers who want to believe it will do so just as soon as they pull the book off the shelf; others will get nauseous at the thought that this book exists.
The writing, by the way, is much easier to criticize. Co-author Lynn Vincent could have done something to string together the tiny elements of Colton's dream that the boy offers up every once in a while. Instead, we get very short chapters with little connective tissue other than "Here's another thing Colton told us! Crazy, huh?" This slim volume gets tedious in its second half and ends when...I don't know. It just ends. Is Colton still sharing tidbits of heavenly wisdom one paragraph at a time? I'm not about to find out with a trite book like this when there are countless volumes of theology that consider the topic more thoughtfully....more
There are some great principles here, but they would have been just as memorable in a magazine article (this book is pretty short), and the guidelinesThere are some great principles here, but they would have been just as memorable in a magazine article (this book is pretty short), and the guidelines sometimes come across as just a bunch of rules, with less of an emphasis on the gospel itself....more