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1.0 out of 5 stars Exploitative, March 11, 2011
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This review is from: Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back (Paperback)
A marketing pro has said about this book: "What was unusual about this book was that it was the story of a little boy. It deactivated some of the cynicism that can go along with adults capitalizing on their experiences."

Remember that the book is the story OF a little boy, but it is made up by an evangelical pastor (his father) and told by a professional sensationalist (Sarah Palin's ghost-writer).

This book exploits the imagination of a child in order to repackage the same old silliness that false prophets have been hawking for centuries.

This is not just professional pastors and sensationalists cynically capitalizing on a child's imagination; this is exploitation of the most disgusting kind.
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Initial post: Mar 11, 2011 11:33:59 AM PST
Lou Jones says:
Adam, if you'd like to see an example of a kind and loving Christian, scroll down to the William Saylers review (3 or 4 down from your post) and go to the comments and see the little exchange Brian and I had. An example of just how extreme some believers can be. Scary!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2011 1:46:19 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 26, 2011 2:39:17 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 6, 2011 3:34:16 PM PDT
Arthur says:
Adam, you are cynical! That's a really good thing, in my opinion, when it comes to material of this nature. I agree that this is exploitation, not only of the boy, but of the ignorance and credulity so often found regarding popular stories of spirituality. But it may not be so much intentional as dumb.

I think another reviewer made a great point when he asked about why people embrace a story from a four-year old (now 11, and who anyone can very well could have been molded over 7 years) rather than study the word of God for revelations on the subject.

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 9:15:24 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 24, 2011 11:37:21 PM PDT
I completely agree. I was stunned to see this as #1 on the best sellers list. This book is a symptom, and a scary one at that. The people who fall for this will fall for the next fraudulent investment scheme as well -- and the next demagogue. I didn't think people were this credulous. When did this happen?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2011 6:20:44 PM PDT
Arthur says:
Would I CID you?

Posted on May 8, 2011 11:51:41 PM PDT
J. Ver Steeg says:
Excellent review. An evangelical minister "retelling" the story his child "remembers"--all for profit and attention. I cannot believe that some people are gullible enough to buy into. They should watch the movie "The Children's Hour" sometime. Exaggeration is a big part of childhood.
This book takes away from actual, real, serious Christian literature.

Posted on May 12, 2011 7:30:02 PM PDT
Ian Stuart says:
Adam:
Excellent review! Jesus on a horse? Satan with a sword? God on a throne? Winged creatures? It does sound like stuff a 4 year old would believe. Unfortunately, millions of adult Christians and Muslims literally believe these silly and harmful stories.
News flash--there is no god, no Zeus, no heaven, and no hell. I wish that people would actually read the entire Bible and see what a primitive, vindictive and mythological book that it is.

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