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Since my classes are over and I have a break for the next eight weeks, I've set out to tackle my reading list. It feels so good to read something that I WANT to read. So I dove into Heaven is for Real and although it was a little slow reading for me, it did interest me. There is one part of the book and Colton's story I just can't get out of my head. In the year since his crossover, Colton tried to explain what Jesus looked like. As his mother and father showed him photos of Jesus or illustrations, he'd explain that Jesus's hair was shorter than the image, or the eyes weren't right, or no he definitely didn't look like that! So after hundreds of attempts to find out what exactly Colton had seen and what Jesus looked like, the standard question when presenting Colton with a photo of Jesus to Colton became, "What is wrong with this photo?"
Colton's father was sent an e-mail by a parishioner of the church that he was the Pastor. The parishioner told him of another child who at the age of five had crossed over. She started painting at six and had painted a painting of Jesus. Colton's father called Colton in to look at the painting and asked the standard question, "Colton, what's wrong with this painting?" Colton stared at the image on the computer screen and didn't move. Silence. Finally his father asked, what? Colton replied, "Nothing, that is Jesus!" The painter Akiane had the same image and was blessed with the gift of god to paint. That is enough for me to know Heaven is for Real.
Click here to see Akiane's paintings, you are about to be astonished. Once you get to this page, click on any image and it will enlarge and you can scroll through the paintings that are grouped by her age when she painted them. She paints with the same theme that Colton has, that God is love and loves us. Colton's specific message is that Jesus really really loves all the children. When deciding on the name of this book, a few ideas were kicked around. Colton's older sister suggested, He Came Back From Heaven But is No Angel with typical sibling rivalry. When Colton was asked, he said, Heaven is For Real! P.S. Akiane was born to Atheists.
|Prince of Peace, artist Akiane Age 8|
|Open Door Age 16 Akiane Artist|