A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens

Title: “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back”

Authors: Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, Colton Burpo, and Lynn Vincent

Rank: 38

Blurb: “Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how ‘reaaally big’ God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit ‘shoots down power’ from heaven to help us.”

Review: “Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: ‘Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.'”

Customers Also Bought: “The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead,” by Max Brooks

Footnote: “Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer of Same Kind of Different as Me and Going Rogue: An American Life.”

Heaven is for Real [Amazon]

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Subtitle: How to exploit our child’s near death experience and US Americans’ fear of death for fun and profit.

It’s interesting that a number of people disclosed that they received the book for free in exchange for a (not necessarily positive) review. Paper the house much?

Any scandals in Seattle? How about in Hollywood? Catt has gone missing with his meat people. I fear the scilons may have him in detox.

@JNOV: Wasn’t that him on the “Men of Disney” float in the Rose Parade?

Speaking of movies, I saw “True Grit” last night. Very entertaining.

@Dodgerblue: So how’d you like them New Mexico landscapes? The little town was shot in Texas near Austin, all the rest was in northern New Mexico.

Seems like a perfect book to go with the infantile version of religion that seems to have taken hold here in the US. See also Michelle “I became a Republican ‘cuz Gore Vidal was MEEEAAAAN to the Founding Fathers” Bachmann and friends.

@redmanlaw: Academy nomination for the Director of Photography. Also Bridges and the young girl.

@al2o3cr: I foolishly believed that my generation would throw all the stupid stuff overboard – organized religion, bigotry, the GOP … how wrong I was.

@blogenfreude: We didn’t start the fire, but like every generation that preceded us, we’re busy throwing on logs.


I think a big chunk of the population *did* throw the stupid stuff overboard – apparently we forgot to look at where we were throwing it, and it all ended up in Teabagistan. Sorta a “Love Canal of teh stoopid”, if you will.

Cleveland isn’t putting up a fight vs the Steelers. Guess I’ll have to get to those errands now.

@al2o3cr: I took Palin very personally:

This fall, we’re taking over the country. The torch has been passed to a new generation, and this time it’s personal. It’s the Barry & Sarah Show, hosted by Jon Stewart, fortysomethings all. Joe and John will have walk-on parts, but they’re both irrelevant to the story. It’s our world now, and you kids will just have to deal with it. You’ll get your turn soon enough. If anything’s left.

Up until her convention speech, I was comfortably settled in my judgment that we’d be flushing the crazy down the toilet soon enough. Then I remembered how my college classmates were inspired by Reagan. If I couldn’t trust those toga-partying airheads then, why should I trust them now?

Speaking of near-death: SPORT UPDATE — Harbaugh “unlikely” to return to Tree, per NFL beat reporter for Worldwide Leader.

Things I Never Thought I’d Say in Sandy Eggo:

“I had to rush to the store before the next storm comes in.”

@nojo: The Grapevine is closed. It’s snowing in Valencia.

@chicago bureau: The Mercury-News is dangling the possibility that he goes to Carolina, and then since the Panthers have the first pick in the draft, will pick Luck to come with him (assuming Luck doesn’t come back for his final year at The Tree).

@Dodgerblue: or Chicago Bureau.

@SanFranLefty: You know that I came to age during the tenure of Tyrone Willingham, who is a significant branch on the Bill Walsh Coaching Tree. So I’d probably go back to the West Coast Offense, go 4-8 for three years running, and end up as an OC at the University of Idaho or someplace awful like that.

All that in mind: pass.

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