I am guessing you have read – or at least heard of – the book Heaven Is For Real by Todd and Sonja Burpo. (If not, it will definitely make you think about the truth and hope of heaven.) Did you know that Sony Pictures turned the book into a major motion picture – and it comes out today?! When I was at the Northwest Ministry Conference a few weeks ago, I had the surprise privilege of not only meeting Todd and Sonja, but they agreed to sit down with me for an interview! Today I’m sharing that interview – in it’s entirety – with you.
Main Topic: My Interview with Todd & Sonja Burpo.
We thought it would be a quick, 10-minute chat. Since I wasn’t even planning on meeting them – let alone interviewing them – I thought I would have to improvise and record the interview with my phone.
Turns out I knew the guy doing the “backstage interviews” at the conference. (Thanks Trevor.) I also happened to know the guy running the camera for those interviews. (Thanks Bob.) They had an hour window with no recording and asked if we wanted to make it a video interview.
What I thought would be 10 minutes recorded with my phone turned into 22 minutes of HD video and professional audio.
Just under the picture at the top of this post you can listen to (or download) JUST THE AUDIO of the interview.
Or…you can WATCH THE INTERVIEW here…
Two of my favorite quotes from the interview:
A lot of people love the Bible, but don’t know the God who wrote it.”
and this one…
God gave you the Bible so that you would fall in love with Him!”
Listener Question (Listen at 26:49)
What is the best translation for internalizing?”
In the episode I unpack my reasons for choosing these three translations:
- The one you are most familiar with.
- The New International Version
- The New Living Translation
NOTE: The question is specifically about internalizing. I dedicated a whole episode to my four favorite translations when it comes to reading and studying. Click here to check out Episode 15.
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Resource of the Week
Rather than having a separate resource this week, all of my resources this week have to do with the movie Heaven Is For Real.
Here is the official movie site (from Sony Pictures).
Here is the site dedicated to resources for churches.
Here are the Amazon links to the Burpo’s three books:
- Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
- Heaven Is For Real for Kids
Here is the official movie trailer…
Links (People, Info, and Resources) from Episode 21:
- Amazon link to Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
- Amazon link to Heaven Changes Everything: Living Every Day with Eternity in Mind – the devotional they talk about in the interview. (Todd and Sonja say it’s better than the first one!)
- Crossroads Wesleyan Church – The church where Todd Burpo is the Teaching Pastor
- Direct link to this podcast on iTunes.
- A Step-by-Step Guide to Subscribing to Any Podcast on Any Device (with screen shots)
- Podcast Art – Pipe & Tabor (Vancouver, WA)
- Intro/Outro Music – Dan Carollo of CeltoGrass Music
[reminder]What is one question you would like me to ask Todd & Sonja if I do a follow-up interview?[/reminder]