As we prepare for Easter, a good fiction book to check out is Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross by Colin S. Smith. I have read some fiction books related to Jesus’ death on the cross, but I have never read one focusing on the thief who asked for forgiveness. I thought this was a great concept for a book! I liked that the chapters were divided by time (such as 11:14 am). The story is very relatable to Christians; we may not all be thieves, but we all are sinners, in need of God’s grace.
The type is somewhat large, and the book is not incredibly long – it’s 96 pages – yet there is so much packed into this book! In essence, it’s a quick read, but an excellent read. I enjoyed the writing style, and I also enjoyed the protogonist crafted by Smith. The thief is not just a thief; he also has a backstory. Before reading this book, I don’t think the thief on the cross is a person who I ever sympathized with much, mostly because he was on the cross next to Jesus, who was blameless. But this book gives us a chance to sympathize with the thief, showing his humanity. Whether Easter is approaching or you’ve stumbled across this book in autumn, Heaven, How I Got Here is a worthy book to read.
I received a review copy from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an honest review. The book can be found here on Amazon.