I deleted my initial post on the book, Heaven is for Real, because I felt it was more appropriate for my wife to give her input since she actually read it. After reading Greg Thornbury's post on the book, she had a different take so I encouraged her to share her thoughts below:
When given a copy of this book, I was prepared to have several critiques, but the opposite happened. I felt the author did an excellent job of telling his son's story without appearing to be exploiting him for money or fame. While still not 100% convinced that Colton (the little boy from the story) went to heaven and back, I am convinced that this family loves Jesus and wants others to know Him. Upon finishing the book, I recommended it to both believers and unbelievers (who I knew I would follow up with). I think it's a great conversation starter and a pointer to the Bible, not a detractor from it. I wouldn't build my theology on it, but I thought about heaven more. I know of another person who searched out Scripture passages on heaven after reading this book. And I don’t think that the high volume of sales says anything other than we live in a fallen world. People are curious. Most people are looking for hope and a quick fix. They want to hear heaven is real, but most want it to be for everyone. This book clearly states that it is for those who have a relationship with Jesus Christ. The Jesus Christ of the Bible to which this book points.