Now Reading: Heaven is for Real (deluxe)

After I read Heaven is for Real for kids  written by Pastor Todd Burpo, I hastily sought for Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back deluxe copy for Adults. The current New York Times list of bestseller has sold over a half million copies in print.    Grateful of the publisher,  Thomas Nelson for providing me a complimentary copy; this book has certainly made a huge impact after reading more about Colton, a 5 year old kid who was placed on the operating table due to his bursting appendix trip to heaven.

It took 2 years for his parents to write this book, after hearing tidbits of stories from Colton during his visit. It was not mere coincidence that a toddler would know the name and the face of his great-grandfather whom he haven’t met, his sister, whom he never knew about his mom’s miscarriage and all the more how he described Jesus: The purple sash, the “markers” which are Jesus’ bruises when he was crucified and even the position of the Holy Spirit or what his parents were doing while he was being operated.

This book is accompanied by scriptures after Colton mentions his tales of visit in Heaven.If God’s Word is not sufficient for you, if the testimony of his Spirit, given to believers, is not enough for you, you will not find any true hope in the unproven tales of a child.

Every page made me look forward to every chapter. I am reminded by how my mom survived through miscarriage and how we – my brother, Dad and Mom all had a dream about my younger sister, who’s supposed to be born in 1992 introduced herself to not be forgotten. From then on, when we’re asked how many children my parents has or how many are we in the family, we always say we have one who’s watching us in heaven — just like the Burpo family.

There’s more about this book that only you can tell if its unto your faith or not. You can be one with “doubting thomas” or a person who’d still continuously be praying for others believing that it is a way to” develop a heart for needs outside your own”

“It’s good to be strong and able to bless others, yes. But we learned the value of being vulnerable enough to let others be strong for us, to let others bless us” This book not only told the story of the young boy who met Jesus, God, Mary and the Spirit but it also narrated how a family humbled themselves in times of trouble and in-need; how their faith was tested even more.

You certainly need to give yourself a chance to read this book. Let me know what you think!

* I was provided by the publisher  a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®.

Now Reading: Fresh-brewed Life

Coffee and a good read. Nichole Johnson, author of Fresh-brewed Life candidly talked about longings, anger, relationships and sexuality as she bravely shared her own struggle with beauty, sex, and how to be worthy of the call God has placed on her life.

The beauty of this book appeals to all women who struggle with significance, balancing schedules, and the busyness of every day life to take a pause and breathe. Take a sip and enjoy every cup.

 I’ve yet to finish this book and tell you more about it..

 

 

 

 

* I was provided by the publisher  a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®.

Now Reading: Heaven is for Real (for kids)

 A book you can read to put that frown aside and have all the negativity shrugged. Heaven is for Real kids (for kids), a 40-paged true-story illustrated book about a little boy’s real life account of Heaven after life-saving surgery.

We all know kids don’t lie and their naivety keeps them genuinely sincere. Colton, narrated how he was hugged by his older sister and Grandpa whom he never met and yet knew what their names was after he experienced his visit to heaven.

Does angels have wings? is our perception about heaven real? Colton shared what he saw and how joyful everyone were and how peaceful it is being there: Bright, smiling angelic happy faces.

A must read to every child who asks about heaven and the  perfect book to share with a child or anyone who has lost a loved one or who is facing a terminal condition themselves.

* I was provided by the publisher  a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®.

Book: Thrive, Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way by Dan Buettner

Mr Dan Buettner, author of Thrive, gives some tips on happiness.

Thrive by Dan Buettner

  1. Sleep between 7.5 and 8.5 hours every night. Sleeping less than siz hours means you are probably 30per cent less happy than you should be.
  2. Working around 37 hours a week appears to be optimal and having at least 6 weeks of holiday each year is ideal
  3. Eat a plant-based breakfast. If you eat a meaty, saturated fat-laden breakfast, the oxygen that reaches your muscles and brain is diminished. You will feel sluggish.
  4. Exercise for at least half an hour every day, half an hour of physical activity provides a 12-hour increase in well-being. time your physical activity before noon.
  5. Volunteer more. People who volunteer their time reported higher levels of well-being than those who did not
  6. Socialize at least 6 hours a day. Hanging out with friends and family correlates with feelings of happiness.
  7. Money cannot buy happiness but people should strive for an annual income for a family of four. Beyond that, happiness levels plateu.

People who are making a lot more money typically have more stressful jobs, spend too much of their day working, and do not pay attention to their families. They are not socialising or volunteering in general.

Are you happy? Have you found the happiness? Thrive.