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Hey there, I'm Sunny Shell, a wretch saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. I'm married to the most incredible man on earth, who loves Jesus more than he loves me, and we have two precious adult sons.

The compassionately endures me through my metabolic disease (since 2004) that enables me to be more prayerful and careful about commitments I make and helps me to make the best use of my short time here on earth.

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Heaven Is For Real Because God Said So

Many of my readers have either written or asked me on social media, whether or not I've read or watched the movie based on the popular book, "Heaven Is For Real" by Todd Burpo. I have neither read nor watched it in full, but I am familiar with the contents of the book and movie.

I completely disagree with Todd's assertion that his then 4-year-old son Colton (who is now 15), did in fact go to Heaven and return with an accurate depiction of the Almighty's glorious throne (Is 66:1). 

Rather than reinvent the wheel and write an entire article/review about why I disagree with the book and movie based on its unbiblical content, let me share with you this video (below) from David Platt and a couple of links to articles written by Dr. John MacArthur and Phil Johnson. They all did a splendidly thorough job explaining the unbiblical nature of "Heaven Is For Real", and other books with similar content.

Please be sure to read ALL the Scripture references in every article so that you are not persuaded by the wisdom of men, but convinced by the powerful and living Word of God (1 Cor 2:5).

"Heaven Is Real; Hallucinations Are Not" by John MacArthur (April 28, 2014 excerpt from "The Glory of Heaven)
"Are Visits to Heaven Real?" by John MacArthur (March 10, 2014 in Answers Magazine)
"The Burpo-Malarkey Doctrine" by Phil Johnson (October 18, 2012)

If you'd like to read a soundly biblical book about Heaven and what it will be like, read your Bibles (I'm saying this with a wink and a smile because anyone reading this, would already know to do that).

If you have unbelieving family or friends who are confused about Heaven, share this book with them by John MacArthur, "The Glory of Heaven" and not  "Heaven Is For Real".

May God find us faithful as we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity (2 Pet 3:18). Amen.

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  1. Thanks for this! Praise God for sound teaching and teachers like the young man in the video as well as others who proclaim Christ and expose heresy like these fanciful accounts of Heaven.

  2. Sunny, I have viewed this video previously and appreciate your agreement with Mr. Platt. As a new believer in my late thirties, discernment concerning anything other than the bible seems to be full time job. Thank you for being a voice for the Word. Peace be with you!

  3. Thank you for sharing this Sunny! I have shared the David Platt snippet as well. I think he sums it up pretty well. It amazes me the lack of discernment in the churches today. Willfully lacking in my opinion. It is there for the taking, we need only ask! James 1:5 (about asking for wisdom, God will give it!)

  4. You're most welcome precious sister Melissa. And amen! :o)

  5. Hi there precious sister Aly and welcome to the Family! ♥ :) Yes, we live in formidable times where everything is relative...unfortunately even in the church, so discerning biblical truth and worldly ideologies is a full time job. Thankfully, the Lord Jesus left us with the complete Word of God and His Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth. Jesus said for those who seek, we WILL find. Peace be with you also sister.

  6. You're most welcome precious sister. And amen...godly wisdom is only a prayer away! :o) Love that you referenced Scripture...accurately. :o) If you haven't, please read Dr. John MacArthur's article as well. It's very good, includes LOTS of Scriptural references and covers not only this book/movie, but others like it. Very thorough.


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