"What is an adventure? That depends on where you are starting from. Little girls in your country, they hide in the gap between the washing machine and the refrigerator and they make believe they are in the jungle, with green snakes and monkeys all around them. Me and my sister, we used to hide in a gap in the jungle, with green snakes and monkeys all around us, and make believe that we had a washing machine and a refrigerator. You live in a world of machines and you dream off things with beating hearts. We dream of machines, because we see where beating hearts have left us.” -Chris Cleave, Little Bee"
I don’t want to give away too much of this book, but I will tell you this, it’s amazing and it will stay with you forever. It is about a woman running from Africa to the only other people she knows, a family that she came across on the beaches of Africa, who witnessed one of the most horrific events any person could bear. It really opened my eyes to immigration, the hardships in Africa, and how impossible it is to escape.
"…when I was angry at God because I couldn’t go to my son, hold him, and comfort him, God’s son was holding my son in his lap.” -Todd Burpo, Heaven Is For Real"
Heaven Is For Real - Todd Burpo
I have been hearing all the hype for this book for several months now and it had been siting in my room for a while, but I was not positive I would really connect with it. The thought of a child writing a book seemed hard to understand, and I’m a little bit of a pessimist when it comes to things like people swearing jesus is on their toasted bread.
But, I have to say, I was proved wrong with this book. The book is written from the father’s perspective and very believable. Being a preacher himself he is already very well spoken and good with words. I loved the fact that they never sat their child down and just said, “so tell us what you saw” but slowly put the pieces together. I read this book in a couple days. You could easily polish it off on a rainy day. Easy read and it is a great perspective. And Do I believe it? You bet!