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Boy’s Tale of Heaven Is Publishing Phenomenon
NY Times ^ | 3/11/11 | Julie Bosman

Posted on 03/11/2011 10:08:14 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta

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To: GourmetDan

Am humbled, blessed and honored, you’d say so.

Likewise.


201 posted on 03/12/2011 8:08:25 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta; Quix
Just downloaded the Kindle version last night and finished it about an hour ago.

As the kid's father (a minister) said (to paraphase), 'little kids don't describe heaven from a theological point of view...they just say what they saw.'

This story seems perfectly plausible particularly because the father takes pains to present it in an intellectually honest way and to make sure that he doesn't, in any way, lead the kid or put ideas in his head.

This simple (and simply told) story is self-evidently true and will be a great comfort to many.

As an added note, God's obvious intention here is not to use this story to win souls but to comfort those who love Him.

202 posted on 03/12/2011 9:29:05 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies ('And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?' Yeats)
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To: dennisw

wow, what a negative view point!


203 posted on 03/12/2011 9:31:48 AM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: HonkyTonkMan

problem with that is , he saw things that were happening while outside of his body in the hospital that there was no way he could know otherwise. He was not in a dream state....that is the mistake you and others are making here.


204 posted on 03/12/2011 9:35:05 AM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: Right Wing Assault
Burpo? What kind of name is that?

Belgian...or as those from the old country call it, Belch.;-)

205 posted on 03/12/2011 9:42:46 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies ('And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?' Yeats)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Thanks for pointing this out!


206 posted on 03/12/2011 9:45:11 AM PST by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

I think you’re right.

Though I suspect God plans to ALSO use the story to win souls—and will thereby.

Heaven alone will show how many.


207 posted on 03/12/2011 10:55:17 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: fabian

For some reason, these threads seem to bring them out.


208 posted on 03/12/2011 10:57:45 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: fabian

Absolutely indeed.

Evidently, facing the truth comes tooooo close to frying some folks circuits

or

. . . frying their biases, constructions on reality, assumptions, arrogance, stubbornness etc.


209 posted on 03/12/2011 10:58:49 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Glad you were able to download it. I don’t have Kindle, and I’ve often wondered how good it is. Do you recommend it?


210 posted on 03/12/2011 11:33:21 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Gene Eric

You’re very welcome...


211 posted on 03/12/2011 11:33:56 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: fabian
he saw things that were happening while outside of his body in the hospital that there was no way he could know otherwise.

Exactly...

212 posted on 03/12/2011 11:35:23 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Quix
They evidently fail to consider that God has dozens of reasons for selecting and deselecting those He chooses for such experiences.

Exactly...

213 posted on 03/12/2011 11:38:45 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Thanks for your kind reply.


214 posted on 03/12/2011 11:48:50 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
You can download Kindle for your PC for free to see if you like it. There are many free ebooks available for Kindle and most others are cheaper than hard copies.

As to the little Kindle itself, I didn't think I would like it because I like old fashioned books. But I bought one for my 90 year old mother because the print size can be adjusted to "large" and, when she decided she didn't like it, I started using it and quickly came to prefer it for certain books.

The Kindle is lighter than a paperback and is great for traveling and reading in bed. Also, the fact that Kindle books can be downloaded instantly is a great feature (from that point last night when I decided I should probably read "Heaven is for Real" until I had it downloaded in my Kindle and available to read, perhaps only 1 minute had lapsed).

215 posted on 03/12/2011 12:03:46 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies ('And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?' Yeats)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
Also, the fact that Kindle books can be downloaded instantly is a great feature (from that point last night when I decided I should probably read "Heaven is for Real" until I had it downloaded in my Kindle and available to read, perhaps only 1 minute had lapsed).

Truly amazing...

216 posted on 03/12/2011 12:33:33 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Quix; SonOfDarkSkies

“Anonymous angel helps stranger to live”

“Robert Finley said the death of his 3-year-old daughter left him feeling so desperate that he simply saw no way out.

It was while relaying these events to a friend who works at the Family Express on Burlington Beach Road that Finley’s angel came, unexpectedly, into his life.

‘My good friend Brian works there and he asked how my daughter was doing. I told him my daughter just passed away. A woman listened in on our conversation and left, and when I returned to the store a few days later, there was a package waiting for me,’ Finley said.

‘There was an anonymous letter that said, ‘I had not seen you before yesterday and likely will not see you again. But there was a reason why I was given a glimpse into your pain.

I thought about you all day and prayed for you and your family. I will pray you find peace,’ and she bought me a book called ‘Heaven is For Real,’ by Todd Burpo, about a little boy who goes to heaven and comes back,” he said.

Finley says he still doesn’t know who this woman was and his friend who works at Family Express says she’s not a regular customer.

‘I’d like to thank her because I was in a bad place and this book helped it to go away. I hated everything, wanted an answer and wasn’t getting it and hated God for doing this to me. ...

But I got that book and I’m actually reading it for the third time and I don’t even read much. ... Without that book, I don’t know if I’d be here today. I was that far down,’ he said.”

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/valparaiso/article_05ad3d1a-7cc4-5307-981d-1b64025d0e62.html

(There’s a sentence that seems to praise obamacare, but I didn’t pay attention to that.)


217 posted on 03/12/2011 12:39:03 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD.

BLESSED BE THE WAYS OF THE LORD.


218 posted on 03/12/2011 12:42:46 PM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Thx for that.

One of the reasons I bought the book was that my father is near the point of passing and my mom has not had an easy time of it. He's 93 and has had a wonderful life...and I think he would like to go but my mother won't give him permission.

I think that, if I can only get her to read the book, it will make this passing much easier for everyone.

219 posted on 03/12/2011 12:51:42 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies ('And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?' Yeats)
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To: Quix
Regardless, The Risen Christ could probably have had purple eyes if He’d wished.

I have suspected for some time that Christ didn't look quite the same after the resurrection, and that this was deliberate on His part: He didn't want to be recognized by such things as the length of His nose, etc., that we seem to think so important. After all, my own outward appearance is not what it was 30 years ago, but I'm still me.

Case in point: Mary Magdalene didn't recognize Jesus in the garden until He called her name. It was the sound of His voice that she recognized, not His appearance. Same with the two disciples on the Emmaus road: it was the way He blessed the dinner that clued them in. In both cases, Jesus was recognized by personal mannerisms and attitudes that were more an essential part of His character than His outward seeming.

Of course, when He appeared to the disciples later that evening, He showed them the scars in His hands, feet, and side, which He had kept to show that this was the same body that had been on the cross. Apparently, they needed to see that to be sure.

220 posted on 03/12/2011 1:45:28 PM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

I know what you’re going through.

There is a CD of ‘Heaven is for Real.’ I’ve been buying my 89 yr old mother books on CD. She has a progressive disease, is practically paralyzed, and really can’t read anymore.

Best regards...

http://www.amazon.com/Heaven-Real-Little-Astounding-Story/dp/1598599194/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1299973812&sr=1-1


221 posted on 03/12/2011 4:05:29 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Thx Doc...it helps to remember that others are going thru the same thing.

Unfortunately, my mom sees better than she hears...so the audio disk probably won't help.

I am going to try again tomorrow to get her to read the Kindle in large print.

Prayers for you and yours..and much love! Thx again for the original posting of "Heaven is for Real"...I have recommended it to friends in the same place.

See you up There!

222 posted on 03/12/2011 5:09:48 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies ('And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?' Yeats)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
See you up There!

Lovely words....

See you up There!

223 posted on 03/13/2011 9:25:08 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Vigilanteman

I think the Doctor’s name you’re talking about is: Maurice Rawlings M.D. he wrote “Beyond Death’s Door” and “To Hell and Back”


224 posted on 03/24/2011 10:19:22 AM PDT by Ready2go (Isa 5:20 Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil;)
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To: Ready2go

Thanks! I’ll check it out.


225 posted on 03/24/2011 1:24:41 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Thanks so much for the info about the Kindle for PC
SonOfDarkSkies...I downloaded it & got to read the book.
It was a wonderful, uplifting, read. Thanks again. God Bless


226 posted on 03/24/2011 7:19:58 PM PDT by Ready2go (Isa 5:20 Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil;)
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To: Ready2go
Yur welcome.;-)

Glad you like it!

227 posted on 03/25/2011 4:51:43 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: lupie

That’ll preach


228 posted on 03/25/2011 5:03:21 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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