Saturday, April 7, 2012

Book & DVD Review: Heaven is for Real DVD-Based Conversation Set

Title: Heaven is for Real DVD-Based Conversation Kit
Author: Todd Burpo
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

Source: Received from Booksneeze

Description from Thomas Nelson:

The best-selling book about heaven that has changed the world is now a DVD-based conversation kit for churches and small groups. In addition to learning more about what the Bible teaches about heaven, groups will hear first-hand from the Burpo family about Colton's experience in heaven and the way it has changed their lives. Each video session features Todd, Sonja, and Colton, and is filmed interview-style with Natalie Tysdal, the Denver FOX/CW News reporter whose initial interview with the family has gone viral on the internet.

The Conversation Guide (ISBN 9781418550684) will take group members through key Bible passages about heaven, helping them understand more about who goes to heaven, when they go there, and what heaven is like.

Features include:

  • 5 (10- to 18-minute) video sessions featuring Todd, Sonja, and Colton answering frequently asked questions about heaven and their experiences
  • A special message of hope from Sonja to women who have experienced miscarriages
  • Conversation Guide written for both believers and non-believers in accessible language to help group members discover what the Bible teaches about heaven


My husband and I really enjoyed reading Heaven is for Real last summer. We have since shared it with as many people as we can in hopes that more people will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. When the opportunity to review the DVD-Based Conversation set came up through Booksneeze, we were so excited to do this study with our small group. However, we were very disappointed with the study.

We had high hopes going into this study, but it felt very disconnected. We had a hard time understanding the order of each of the videos. We couldn't figure out how it was organized.

The video segments were somewhat awkward to watch because the questions seemed very forced upon Colton and his answers sounded like he's rehearsed them over and over again, especially since his visit to Heaven was when he was three and he is now ten years old. The line of questioning was very uncomfortable to watch because it felt like the interviewer was asking leading questions and Colton struggled to answer the questions.

The best part of the study was listening to Todd Burpo speak. He made the stories real and I appreciated his honesty and vulnerability.

There was a lot of potential for a very enriching study to come from this book to bring up rich discussions, but it greatly disappointed. As a bible study group, most of us was hoping for a better DVD series. The book is such an amazing book and in this case, the DVD study did not live up to book.

2 out of 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. This is an inspiring book of what heaven is like. God used a child to give us a glimpse of heavens beauty because we need the faith of a child to believe. So many questions I've had of my own were revealed thru this little boy. I couldn't put the book down because it was so interesting.
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