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Stories like this are so necessary to support in the healing of grief. This small boy has been touched by the hand of God to bring a notice to grieving parents, or anyone who has suffered a loss so crippling that they are unable to function in every day life. There is life beyond this one and he is living proof. He is proof there is hope, and a globe that holds a lot of blessings.
Even the most faithful often have moments of doubtEven the most faithful have moments of doubt, moments when they want for absolute certainty, And this book speaks to those moments beautifully. Whether you wonder about what's next for yourself or someone you lost, this will give you something to think and pray about.
Not knowing what someone very unique and myself were about to face soon after seeing the film has helped tremendously. I am so glad to have seen the film before reading the book. The book was a unbelievable extension. The film was the eye opener and the book touched the heart. Thank you so much for sharing your family and life. Nelson of Florida
This is the most unbelievable and inspiring book that I have read in a very long time. I truly believe this small boy's story because there is no possible method of him knowing these people and happenings unless it actually happened to him. I would recommend this book to everyone, no matter what your beliefs are.
They say a book is always better than the film which is why I decided to buy the book and not just watch the movie. As I have not seen the film for comparison, I can't remark on how the book compares to the e book is amazing although I feel that the writer drags things out a bit much. It feels like the writer is trying to create the book longer by dragging out the story line. Although this is an author problem and not a story is is a certainly a faith building story.
I took one for the squad here. If you click on the copy of the cover you can see it enlarged to present the little line Previously published as "Another Bull... Night in .... City." No updates or edits since the latest publication. The book is great, by the way. Go read those reviews on the other Nick Flynn page (Amazon has twice rejected this review, presumably because of the original profane title of the book... it was rejected even after I Greeked the text). I'm not sure that Amazon is doing the right thing by not putting this information in the forefront. Hopefully they'll create changes to this page which will create it more evident.
Nick Flynn's prose in his book "Another B_ Night in ___ City: A Memoir" (Amazon will not let me to post the name of the original book that this fresh offering is from. 'Being Flynn' is the name of the movie taken from Nick Flynn's book) has the feel of a amazing writer. He is able to capture the essence and flavor of the homeless, the shelters, the life and times of a young man who is trying to search his ck Flynn's father, Jonathan, told him when he met his father at a homeless shelter, "that life on the roads of Boston was just another 'BS night in S___ city". How aptly that must describe life of the homeless. Jonathan was an aimless man looking for the fast buck when he met Nick's mother, Jody. Jody was from an affluent family, and the young man was given a lot of chances by this family to succeed in one business after another. Dad just couldn't create it- alcohol, drugs and lack of responsibility took precedent. Dad left the family, wife and two sons, and left them on their own. He went from job to job, drug to drug, prison to no true life on the outside, and became a homeless person. Nick during this time grew up also looking for drugs and alcohol, and finally cleaned up his act. His mother committed suicide and left him bereft. He saw his dad a couple of times, but they were not successful meetings. Nick went on to become a case worker at a homeless shelter in Boston. His bold writing of life in the shelter gives us a very clear idea of the sadness, humility and humanity that makes up such a life. Into this setting comes Jonathan, the dad. How strange to meet your father at your job, particularly at a homeless shelter. This meeting led to a father/son relationship, of sorts. Nick's brother wanted nothing to do with his father and absolutely refused to see him. Nick is left to form a relationship of sorts; one born out of grief, hate and of course, love. The pattern of the relationship is parental- the son becomes the parent. But during this time Nick learns about his father and mother's life and is able to distill old demons. And, he is able to begin his ck Flynn has made a huge disturbance with this memoir. It has been well received because of the story and because of his writing. This novel grabs you, and it is hard to place down. I look at the homeless in a various light. When I walk the roads of Boston, I shall look at the bus stops, "T" station and other locations where homeless congregate in a various manner. This memoir is an eye opener, and it deserves unprecedented praise. I shall hold an eye on Nick Flynn- he has a future.Highly recommended, prisrob 02-29-12The Ticking Is the Bomb: A Memoir
I had read three of Nick Flynn's books and attended two talks in Houston, so when I heard that the film starring DeNiro was based on his memoir, which I had not read, I read it immediately. It rounded out my understanding of him and much of his writing. Interesting!
Flynn, known as a beautiful famous American poet, writes a memoir for people who don't read memoir; the book is riveting. His life story, dealing with a homeless, absentee father and a struggling mother, is bone-shaking in how connected the reader feels to Flynn's life. He touches on so a lot of things in a style so literary and attractive and honest that it is honestly one of the best books I've ever read.
I've seen Colton Borpo on TV. I've heard the gist of his story, so why would I buy this book? I wanted to read the rest. It's a amazing story, and offers such encouragement to Christians and non-Christians alike. It offers explanations of the knotty questions most thoughtful people wrestle with: Why do poor things happen to amazing people? Does God care? Does God respond prayer? What happens when we die?I found it refreshing that the narrator, a Christian preacher and pastor, had these same questions. He tried to be careful in gleaning the answers.Had this Kindle edition been complete it would easily have merited 5 stars. Mangled formatting created some chapters tough to follow. But if you hold reading you can parse it out. I highly recommend this book. It's to be shared and discussed, and gifted to any mates and family you care about.
This book both give me strength for what lies ahead and, being a sinner, scares me terribly. I've done things in my life for which I'm not proud and know I will have to respond for those sins in the presence of God someday. I've already confessed for the most serious of my sins and feel I received absolution. Nevertheless, I continue to believe through this book that someday I will stand before God someday to atone for all my sins.On the positive side, my Dad was a professional baseball player in his younger days. By the time I came along, Dad's knees were already too far gone for him to play catch with me. In heaven, I look forward to endless android games of baseball with my Dad at Wrigley Field and to see his face when the Cubs victory the Globe .Series.
Heaven is for True is the most convincing book about the "afterlife" that I've ever read! The revelations from four-year old Colton, who had a near death experience about Heaven and the Holy Trinity are truly remarkable! This non-fiction acc is provocative and reassuring that our spirits are destined to dwell in the kingdom of God as long as we cling to our faith in Him and accept Jesus Christ as His son. There was no guile in Colton's telling of his experience to his father and mother over a period of one and a half years. It simply doesn't seem possible that an innocent kid of his age could fabricate these stories or have the knowledge of the people and locations he experienced in Heaven. Heaven MUST be true after all!
This is a well written book - and a fast read (I finished in a small over 6 hours). While the underlying story of Colton Burpo's brush with death; his parents' renewed faith in God's eternal plan; and a perspective of Heaven, death/dying, eternal life, Christ from the eyes of a kid is truly inspiring - it is difficult not to take this story with a massive dose of skepticism. Colton's father, Todd Burpo, is a PAID minister (albeit, in a one-horse town); and as far as I can tell, this book was a FOR PROFIT is difficult for me to separate the inherit financial conflicts of interest for Pastor Burpo in writing a story about Heaven, Christianity, etc., when he derives a portion of his livelihood peddling the same at said, this book discusses every Christian's deepest hope: that the faithful disciples of Christ will return to live with God in an eternal paradise; that we will be reunited with our loved ones in a perfected state; that angels and the Holy Sprit are true - and intervene on our behalf; and that God is aware of every aspect of our lives. From my perspective, the child-like innocence and discussion of these raw subjects is quite beautiful. And I hope (with all of my heart) that the Burpo's are telling the truth.
A lot of of my mates and family have read this book and I had always meant to read it. So glad I finally did. Simple to read, I read it in one sitting. This book will encourage you, more than likely strengthen your faith, and leave you with a smile. (Have the tissues ready though, there is at least one put you will need them!). Don't delay like I did. Go ahead and read it. You will be glad you did!
I first saw a film concerning this child's visit with our Lord. I was awed, happy, excited and truthfully a bit jealous (Godly so not resentful). I seek the presence of our Master everyday and it is astoundingly unbelievable that Heaven chose kids to show to. What a blessing. I had to have the book to know more. I purchased the book read it one night. Found I could not place the book down. When I finished reading it I weeped in love for Abba Father, our Lord Jesus and the Precious Holy Spirit. Even as I write this review tears of joy and wonder well up in my eyes. I feel as if The Burpos are my family and I am truly honored and glad they were so couragous in sharing this unbelievable devine experience with the world. I am inclined and determined more than ever to live a holy and righterous life according the principles of the Bible. God Bless you Burpos forever. My heart is being lead to purchase more of these books and give this to my grandson and granddaughter and other kids that God sends cross my path. I too am in ministry and this is as grand a book as the Holy Bible. Thank you for sharing with us. Peace
I know heaven is real. I liked hearing this young child's descriptions of heaven and seeing how closely it came to my own beliefs. I did not like the fact of wings. If we are made in God's image, then there should not have been wings. Overall I enjoyed this book. What an awesome experience for Colton and his whole family. Yes! Heaven IS real.
It is a amazing book - like the method it is written. I am an avid reader and there are some massive books out there – this is not one of them. My only problem (and it is huge for me otherwise I would have given it a five stars) is how deep it went into the bible. As soon as it went into verses, remember how Jesus said or did, or how the apostles said and did – my eyes glassed over and I was lost. I am sure for those who are more into religion will love it.I do recommend the book but be warned… if you didn’t like going to Sunday school or search yourself counting the mins for the homily to be over…. This book may not be the best for you.
It is a very loving book, and because it is based on the words of a 4 year old child, whose family is in the ministry, I had to overlook a very necessary misconception. With the father a Minister, I'm surprised it went into print with the idea that people die, go to heaven and become angels with wings! At Creation, angels were CREATED and we don't die and become ANGELS. We will have unique glorified bodies, which we cannot describe as we are not told by the Word, other than we will be like Jesus, neither married nor having gender, glorious without sin or sickness for all eternity. We will be known as we were known (that was brought out nicely); but the idea of animals is a fresh thought too, one a kid might like to think about. We just don't know, God's Word only tells us that Angels have souls only, Animals have bodies only, and God's Kids were made with bodies and souls, alone among God's creatures.
okay, so I just received this yesterday and I have already read through it. I have been a fan of SCC since True Life Conversations came out when I was 14 and a fresh Christian. I can honestly say that his melody has been the soundtrack to my life. I have seen him in concert a lot of times over the years and I am beautiful sure I own all of his music. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. He is honest about his struggles and joys all through the book. One of the things that I have always liked about him is that he always seemed so humble and transparent with his audience. I felt like he was a friend, even a member of the family at times! I sobbed for weeks for him and his family when Maria died and prayed that God would allow me take some of their suffering and bear it for them. I had a newborn at the time and I spent a lot of nights awake feeding my baby and crying for their is book is like sitting down with and old mate and listening to him tell his life story. A story of hurt, healing, redemption and most of all hope. I highly recommend it.
I had read MaryBeth Chapman's book, Choosing to See, so I knew what to expect of the story of their daughter but didn't expect it to feel so heartbreaking while I read it in this book. But, Between Heaven and the True Globe was much more with a glimpse into the story of Steven's life. It's a picture of hope in the darkness.
I truly enjoyed this book and the info of Steven's life. It was very candid and he shared the struggles he has had very honestly. I think his talent as a songwriter transferred easily as an author with the method he shared the a lot of info of his life and career.
I have been a large Steven Curtis Chapman fan for 20 years. I thought that I knew everything about him that there was, that He has shared publicly for his whole career until I read this book. I discovered some things about him, that I didn't know already which was very interesting to read. This book will create you laugh and cry at the same time. I loved this book. I am not a reader very much. Reading his story created me have a lot of empathy for him for all that He has been throughout his life.
I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down until it was finished! I have been a fan of SCC since the beginning and have seen him in concert a lot of times (United Tour at Cincinnati Aronoff Center is my all time favorite concert ever). His melody has created a large impact on my life as it has for so a lot of of his fans. He shares so much of himself and his faith during his concerts, but this book was so much more. I loved how he shared his struggles and sorrows as well as his successes so candidly. I also loved how he gave a back story on so a lot of of his songs. I am amazed at the humble and sincere faith that was so evident throughout this book. I will be reading this one again!!
Honest. Real. Passionate. Sensitive. Open. Fun. All reasons I already know of SCC before I even picked up this book (the book has just informed me of more of the info of SCC). A amazing book for any who wish to see the inner life and hero of (in my opinion) the godliest man in Contemporary Christian Music.
Steven's book is a must read! I really appreciate his honesty and real devotion to Jesus. The street isn't always easy, but Jesus never leaves us or forsakes us. I'm so thankful that he and Mary Beth share their true life real struggles with us. God is faithful.
Beautifully written, SCC is a master story teller and his story is raw and filled with hope. I have followed SCC since my college days and have loved every one of his albums. I have ways felt a deep connection to his music. I cried for weeks after Maria's home going as I could not photo the pain Will Franklin and all of the Chapman experienced that day. SCC and Mary Beth thank you for choosing to SEE the hand of God and for fighting everyday for your marriage. Thank you for sharing your story and allowing your fans another glimpse into the lives of the Chapman family. You are loved!