Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story Of His Trip To Heaven And Back by Todd BurpoHeaven Is For Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story Of His Trip To Heaven And Back by Todd Burpo

Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story Of His Trip To Heaven And Back

byTodd BurpoAs told byLynn Vincent

Paperback | October 31, 2010

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#1 New York Times best-seller with more than 11 million copies sold and Amazon’s #17 best-selling book of all time. Heaven Is for Real was the best-selling non-fiction book of 2011 as reported by Nielsen’s Bookscan, and was developed as a major motion picture by Sony in 2014.

“Do you remember the hospital, Colton?” Sonja said. “Yes, mommy, I remember,” he said. “That’s where the angels sang to me.”

When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery–and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.

With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how “really, really big” God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Colton’s uniquely simple words, Heaven Is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, “Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses.”

Heaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child. 

Continue the Burpos story in Heaven Changes Everything: The Rest of Our Story. Heaven Is for Real also is available in Spanish, El cielo es real.

Todd Burpo is pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan and a volunteer fireman. He and his wife, Sonja, have four children: Colton is an active teenager; he has an older sister, Cassie; a younger brother, Colby; and a very special sister he met in heaven. Sonja Burpo is a busy mom and pastor's wife. A certified elementary teacher, Sonja is passio...
Title:Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story Of His Trip To Heaven And BackFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.63 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5 × 0.63 inPublished:October 31, 2010Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an Amazing Book! This book was very easy to read, and full of beautiful content on Colton's trip to Heaven. I would recommend this book to both believers and non-believers alike!
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Great read and story of our world and it's connection with the spiritual side.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent An excellent & moving true story of life-changing heaven and earth encounters.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching I really felt connected to the book and I think its a great insperation
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really makes you think Wonderful book, saw the movie too. Really makes you think, and as a parent, opens your eyes to what your children really mean to you.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it love this book and the movie
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heaven Really is for Real Bought this book for my daughter, but ended up reading it before her as I was intrigued by the introduction. The pure innocence of his account could not be one of wild imagination. A little child shall lead the way.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful Review After reading this book, my faith has been strengthened. I decided to read this novel to my religion classes. Many of the students were so interested in the story that they begged me to keep reading. The novel is a beautiful account of Colton's journey to heaven.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was breathe taking! The story is so inspirational, couldn't put the book down. After reading this book it's hard not to constantly think about it. Amazing!! Must read
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it Fantastic tue story everyone should read
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I adore this book! Makes heaven seem so close! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A quick read that is spiritual. I was reading this book going through a bit of a rough patch and I am happy that I did. Sometimes we forget to trust in God & this book reminded me of that.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Heart touching story. Had a hard time putting it down.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I wanted to love this book I was hoping that this book would help inspire me but instead I found it stunningly easy to remain critical. It is a nice story, just way too far fetched.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational Such a beautiful story to read. I had a hard time putting down the book.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it The book is so much better then the movie. Absolutely loved it. I couldn't put it down for how good it was. So inspirational.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! So inspiring and heart warming!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! This book was so inspiring to read I thoroughly enjoyed it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heaven Keeps the question of an after life alive. I believe.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What!? NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¡!
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Heaven is for real Its ok. I did enjoy it, but at times I found it a bit too much. Entire book you knew where it was heading, so no big highs.
Date published: 2015-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Heaven is real Glad I got it on sale for a couple of dollars. I do not recommend it. It could be told in two short chapters.
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved the book like i did the movie read it in a day I loved this book. it gives lift and optimism that is much needed in this world. just a good story of someone else and their experiences
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heaven Is For Real Fantastic Book
Date published: 2015-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heaven is for real I bought this book after a friend of mine read it . A special and touching story, family story that makes you believe that miracles happen and heaven exists.
Date published: 2015-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heaven is for real This book touched me in many ways, and also confirmed something that I saw a while ago ....I saw my mom and other sister in heaven.
Date published: 2015-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Heaven is for Real and Jesus is coming back again real soon! This book really makes heaven more visual.
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Faked This kid admitted, a few months ago now, that he made the whole thing up. This book should not be listed as non-fiction but fiction. It boarders on religious propaganda and before you get all tied up in a not by this heathen and his 'point of view', what if this was a book that had a Jewish or Muslim or Hindu or (add in any religion you wish) message instead of Christianity? How would your view of such a book be once the story teller admitted they made the whole thing up? Would you want it to be sold in what is suppose to be a secular bookstore? To be fair you either pull the book, or add similar books of all religions and give everybody a chance to propagate their beliefs equally. At the very least list it as Fiction.
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heaven is for real Beautiful story! Through the innocence of a child vision. This is an easy read and I found it quite interesting.
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Want to read My friend read a bit during a book share, it was mazing, i really want to read, beware was told it would be very heart warming...<3
Date published: 2015-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something to think about I read this book for my Toastmaster Book Club. This is the true story of a young boy wakes up from surgery and starts to tell stories about going to heaven and meeting Jesus and family members who have passed away before he met them. his father, who is a priest, coaxes the stories out of the boy without trying to lead him. The boy's stories are very convincing to his father and he does start to believe the boy. There will be naysayers who say that this book is a hoax. In fact, just as I reading this boo, it was in the news as one of the people involved somehow with the book disavowed it. The young boy in the story, who is now a teenager, stands by his story. The one thing I was disappointed about was that the father never found out for certain whether his son was dead on the operating table or not. This is an important part of all out of body experiences. This was a book that I don't think I would have normally read. I am happy to have read it. It was not hard to read and I was always curious about what the boy would talk about next.
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heaven is for Real I couldn't put this book down. It brought me peace and comfort and validated my thoughts and confirmed my beliefs. Thank you Todd for sharing your story!
Date published: 2015-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heaven Is for Real This is a very ineresting read. My husband died recently and my sister-in-law suggested that I read this book. I have always believed that there is something after death but was never sure what. This book has offered a little boy's impressions of Heaven. I wonder if an adult would experience the same impressions of Heavven or if Heaven would be presented in a totally different way. An adult has pre-conceived opions and probably different ideas of what Heaven means to them. This book opens the door to other questions about life after death. I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hope Excellent! This book is an authentic account of a young boy's recollections of heaven. A few new revelations are revealed that give hope for the eternal life.
Date published: 2015-02-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from an abusive father who made his son lie for profit A pandering book that takes advantage of peoples desire for heaven. A false story pushed by a father who took advantage of his son to make money off of other people's hopes.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Beautiful, tissues need, reaferming, lovingly written, my faith and love of jesus increase 10 fold..
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heaven is for real Very good book, really comforting, having beliefs in this sort of life anyway just made it for me.
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best on heaven I loved this book, So well writen you feel the emotions and see Colten interact with his parents just like any child, When he corrects hs Dad I can almost hear and see his expresstions, Like you should know this Dad,
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meaningful Read Definitely an easy read. Very touching and lots to think about and question personal faith.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read those who doubt will enlighten and those who believe will aspire to life-of-eternity.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heaven is for Real I bought this book after watching the movie and it was a great read. I got goose bumps in some places. Gives you that real good inside feeling. High praises for this book.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unbelievable It really is unbelievable. Save your money.
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Seriously? Seriously? I'm having a hard time believing a "3 year old's" story. Save your money and borrow from the library.
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for any grieving parent! This book was recommended to me after losing our infant son. While part of me is skeptical of how true this really is, I found much comfort in how Colton described Heaven and what a wonderful place it is. If this really is true, I know my son is safe and happy in a beautiful place with God. At the toughest moment of my life, this book reassured my faith in a wonderful afterlife with our creator.
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a beautiful story It's the story of a little boy who saw heaven. It rings true and I enjoyed the book very much.
Date published: 2013-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inspirational! Beautiful journey of a little boy's journey to Heaven amid emergency surgery. Whether the experience was real or just a subconscious imagination combined with a religious family upbringing, we'll never know. Still spiritual comfort in our world of jaded materialism.
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring read! I’m going to start this review by admitting that I’m not the most religious person. I won’t get into details, but I’ve been pretty ignorant about a lot of religious and spiritual topics for a long time–knowing the basics, but not feeling like I should really dive in and learn more. A little boy named Colton changed my outlook. Heaven Is For Real is the story of Colton Burpo, a little boy who had to undergo surgery for a ruptured appendix. He came out of the surgery after the family went through so many emotions and led them on a journey through the beauty of Heaven–because he had been there. The story is quite a short read–easily consumed within an evening. It’s hard not to grow attached to Colton, who loves to play superhero, or with his Lego, as he’s the epitome of the 4-year-old boy. We learn a little bit about the Burpo family and see that disaster strikes all people–including those who serve in the church. The writing style is quite simple–short chapters, no really heavy passages (though, for some, the book’s entire premise is a heavy topic). The book was co-written with Lynn Vincent and I wonder how much of the novel may have been “spiced up” in order to make it more of an intriguing read. There may be skepticism over such accounts as Colton’s–even if you don’t believe in Heaven, there’s still the possibility that it could be out there and we’re only relying on accounts such as Colton’s to let us know what it’s like. I’m not going to lie, I always wonder if there’s someone out there who really crafted the Bible–it’s hard for me not to question sometimes if it’s just a scam or a money-grabber, but then I wonder if that means I don’t believe? I know there must be a higher power out there and I’m sure we all want to be reassured that there’s something else out there for us after we die, that it’s not the end of all thought–the end of love. Heaven Is For Real is an inspiration for believers and non-believers alike. It will open your eyes and really make you think about what might really be out there after we die. And if you’re a little bit afraid of the whole “death” part of it–and you’re not alone–young Colten will provide comfort to you, taking your hand and reassuring you that it might not be so bad after all. FTC: I received this book free of charge from Booksneeze in exchange for a review.
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Read Just a couple of years ago I had the same surgery as Colton--to read about a four year old go through that was heart breaking. His journey to heaven and back was unbelievable; at times I must admit I wasn't sure if the experiences had been altered a little bit to fit the story line. Nonetheless if you are a believer in Jesus and God, this book will most definitely brighten your day.
Date published: 2011-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Endearing! Story Description: A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven. Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear. 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. Told by the father, but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle. My Review: A lovely and endearing story about four-year-old Colton Burpo who underwent emergency, life-saving surgery and miraculously slipped from his body and went to Heaven where he met Jesus. Describing heaven as only a four-year-old who has been there can, is truly astounding. He meets the sister he never knew he had and brought his parents comfort upon learning that it was a “girl” they had miscarried a couple of years before and never named her. For his Gramma, always wondering whether her deceased husband had ever made it to heaven, brought great relief to her ongoing worry. It was a page-turner that I couldn’t put down and ended up reading it in one sitting. This story just might win some non-believers over to the believer side. I’d definitely read this one again just for the beautiful descriptions of heaven told by Colton to his family.
Date published: 2011-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A life changing story! Approximately 8 years ago, little Colton Burpo had an incredible experience where, during emergency surgery for a burst appendix, he journeyed to heaven. He recovered from the surgery, and upon waking started sharing clear details about what occurred. Heaven is for Real documents this true story of what occurred, as told by his father Todd, but also including Colton’s own words of what he saw, everything from seeing the horse Jesus rode to the people that he met while in Heaven. Heaven is for Real is well-written, conveying an almost unbelievable story that some may be sceptical to trust. I encourage people to put aside their scepticism until the end and simply soak in the truths that are conveyed by this book, about God’s love for his children and the awesome place that God is preparing for us. I did not read anything that disagreed with what the Bible speaks of about heaven, although there are some details that we will just have to wait to find out if they are true or not, such as whether we will have wings or not! Todd writes with a refreshing honesty about his struggles and his reactions to the circumstances that he experienced, and readers are sure to relate to his story while being intrigued by Colton’s words. The message of this book is one of hope and comfort, and it would be difficult to read this book and not come away inspired and excited to be in Heaven. So many people have the wrong view of heaven, as if it is a place where we will sit around bored playing our harps. People with this view should definitely consider reading this book to stretch their minds and their imaginations and their faith to consider all that God has in store for them. The deluxe edition contains all the great material as the original book, but adds to that a 16-page color photo section and a “Reflecting on Heaven” guide. I highly recommend this book, as it has the potential to change the lives of those who read it, and give it 5 out of 5 stars. 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.
Date published: 2011-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't know if I believe it I read all these reviews on the book, so I thought it was a must read. I don't know if I believe the story being told. In other words I don't believe that Colton actually saw all this. There are bits of the story where I think "hm, maybe it's for real". I was raised a Seventh Day Adventist, and since a small child, I always had the image of angels and Jesus exactly the way Colton described. These images were all over the church, in Sabbath School, and even in the stories my mom used to read to me before going to bed. So obviously being the son of the pastor, Colton would be exposed to these images every single day of his life. Children are sponges and absorb everything!!! When Colton's father was amazed and surprised at Coltons visions, is when I thought "you've got to be kidding me". Pop's pictures were all over the house and in family albums, so that didn't fool me either. Overall the story is good, and well written. I thought it was cute. What the family had gone through and how generous their community was, is inspiring. I'm glad to hear the family is doing well.
Date published: 2011-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heaven from a kids view-straight forward and tell it as it is. loved the book-one i can actually believe from front to back.
Date published: 2011-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very inspiring! My wife and I both read "Heaven is for Real" recently while we were on vacation and were inspired once again with what is in store for us in eternity. It’s a believeable easy-to-read book that moved us to tears more than once.
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest true life experience It's amazing what goodness can come from one of the most difficult experiences a parent may ever have to go through...almost losing a child. Then to begin to understand just exactly what your child went through, when they start to reveal something so amazing you can hardly believe it, something each of us has wondered about at least once in our lives...is heaven for real? Then to know...really know...beyond a shadow of a doubt that Heaven is for real...and your child has seen it! Wow! This is a great book...great story!
Date published: 2011-07-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This is one each of us needs to decide for ourselves! Heaven Is For Real is a the story of a little boy's trip to Heaven and back. Colton Burpo was only three years old when he had an emergency appendectomy. His doctors had told his parents for over a week that he had the stomach flu and after repeated trips to the hospital he is told he is fine and the family goes on a trip. However, the trip ends with Colton being rushed to the hospital fighting for his young life as the septic poison courses through his body from his ruptured appendix. The family is relieved when Colton is healed and they think nothing else of it until several months later when Colton begins to say things that make his parents become shocked by the words he speaks. Colton begins to say things that he has no way of knowing and his parents try to get out of him what his words imply. Colton shares many things with his parents, like how Jesus looked or his Pop as well as, he describes other people who he met there and he tells his parents he sat on Jesus' lap and was only dead for three minutes. His parents are confused, for the medical records do not state that Colton died at any time during any of his surgeries. When Colton speaks of his sister who he met in Heaven, both his parents are now believing that maybe he did visit there, for they believe there is no way that Colton could know of their earlier miscarriage. They go on a mission to find out what Jesus looked like to Colton and none of the pictures they show him is right and they meet other children who believe they have traveled to Heaven and back. I'm not sure what to make of this book, as a fictional piece, it is well-written and easily read. It's a short read and told with innocence and wonder of that of a child. I found the family likeable and they were easy to read about. I'm not sure what to make of Colton's story though. His father is a pastor, could Colton have subconsciously over time picked these things up and shared them as he did? Yes, I do believe that is possible. It's just I found most of the things that Colton shared are things that we, on Earth, portray Jesus as. I would've been more impressed if he had shared something that wasn't common, just because its in a man made bible, doesn't make it true in the "real" Heaven. I do believe that children see things that we adults do not and maybe Colton did travel to Heaven as his parents believe, but there wasn't enough evidence there to state as full on truth for me. The miscarriage mention would have been unnerving to hear from his young lips and perhaps on that basis alone, I would've been inclined to believe him if he were my own child. I think it would have given more credential to his story if they did remember some of the names Colton gave for some of the people he met, but conveniently this wasn't the case. I think this is a book that is determined by the individual reader to make up their own minds about what is being shared on these pages. Its one of those books where you either believe or you do not, and while I believe that Colton may have touched upon some ethereal imagery, I'm not sure if I have been convinced he visited Heaven. So, I shall leave that for you to decide...
Date published: 2011-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Had issues with content I don't agree with the concept that this book implies, that if you don't believe in Christ you will not be allowed in heaven. What about people of other faiths, doesn't that imply that they're doomed? As subtle as this is in the book, it destroyed any part of me wanting to believe in the story.
Date published: 2011-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharing with everyone - it's THAT good! I have read a few books about heaven in the last couple of years. They have been good books. Heaven is for Real is a GREAT book. Simply written, easy to read, yet beautifully insightful, this is a book that I will continue to recommend to many people, from all walks of life and of all ages. I had no idea that this book is about a pastor's family, but as I started to read the story, as a pastor's wife, I could identify with it right away. Todd Burpo talks about the struggles & sacrifices pastors & their families often make in the name of ministry. He talked about how he and the family went through some awful times leading up to Colton's sickness and near death, and how he was really angry with God about it all. At one point, Todd, in a room by himself while Colton is in surgery, rages at the Lord. "Where are you? Is this how you treat your pastors?! Is it even worth it to serve you?" Sharing this heart-wrenching detail, one that is very hard to admit, but something that many pastors have struggled with at one time or another, lent credibility to the whole story for me. Another thing that stood out for me was the sweet innocence of Colton's story. As bits & pieces came out over time, he shared very naturally about his experience in Heaven, just as you'd expect any pre-schooler to share about a trip to Grandma's house for the weekend. Anyone with little people knows that details about their adventures can be shared at any time, out of the blue, sometimes seemingly completely out of place and prompted by who knows what. Colton shared about what he saw in heaven in kid terms (markers, monsters, rainbows...), describing things as he saw them, rather than using adult words or Christian-ese. That made this glimpse into heaven very refreshing, as compared to some of the more theological / spiritual explanations I have heard adults use to describe things they have seen in heaven. Simple, straight-forward, just what he saw. So many of the things that Colton shared match what I have understood about heaven: there's lots of work to do there, but it's good work that you love doing; there are many children there, children who never lived on earth but have been adopted by "Jesus' Dad", as Colton described it; you recognize people there and they recognize you; it's a beautiful perfect peaceful place lit not by a sun, but by light coming from the Lord; time in heaven must be different than time on the earth, because in his 3 minutes there Colton saw more than you could see in a year here; the first person you see when you get to heaven is Jesus, and He has beautiful eyes! There are a few things in Colton's retelling of his visit to heaven that I want to research and read more about, things that I hadn't heard before or were contrary to what I learned about heaven. I had given up the idea that we have wings in heaven, but Colton clearly described something like wings on the people around him. I need to look into that more. His accuracy in describing other things has me at least thinking that I need to give this another look. Colton's story of his heavenly visit has effected many people that way - encouraging them to take a 2nd look at things, to hope again where they had lost hope, to study God's word more closely, to draw closer to the Lord who somehow seems more tangible when a 4-yr-old describes His Heavenly Earth in greater detail than he can describe our fallen one... Some of the stories of the healing and hope people have received from hearing and reading Colton's story are more powerful than the original story, and that's saying something! The Lord never wastes anything. The Burpo's willingness to share this story, the story of the visit to heaven that can't be disconnected from the harrowing experience of having very nearly lost their son and enduring the agony of his near-fatal sickness, shows that even our suffering can minister to others, perhaps better than our mountain-top (or out of this world!?) experiences. To witness God's provision for another pastor's family (we really are just normal families in many ways with the same hurts and insecurities and hardships as any other family) is very encouraging. I'm still not sure that my unease about 'forever' is completely settled, but the detail and the many confirmations of scripture and real life details Colton could not have known about do provide something a little more solid for me to hold on to. There's too much in Colton's story to simply brush it off as childhood make-believe. His recounting of those 3 minutes in heaven is as close to first-hand experience as I have heard, and if it is to be believed, it's very encouraging evidence of something far more wonderful than my human head can possibly comprehend at this point. For Colton, and for many who read his story and find hope and comfort in it, there is no doubt - Heaven is for Real! Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson & Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Date published: 2011-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended This is an amazing book and highly recommended for anyone wondering about their future or the reality (or not) of the afterlife. Being that the book is the story of a young boy's experience of going to heaven makes it all the more believable. It is difficult to imagine that someone so young would imagine what he experienced - or would come up with such a story on his own. Read and be encouraged. (Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available now at your favourite bookseller.)
Date published: 2011-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Sweet, Encouraging Story Most readers of Heaven is For Real will find that the Burpo’s sound like a fairly normal, Christian family. Of course, there was that year when Todd Burpo, a part-time pastor, broke his leg in two places, suffered from kidney stones, had a mastectomy (breast cancer), and nearly lost his 3-year-old son to a burst appendix. Then there were the revelations shared with them by their little guy, his experiences during a near-death-experience, an ‘in-the-spirit’ trip to heaven, the throne room of God, and into the arms of Jesus himself. This is such a sweet and encouraging story, told by Todd Burpo, the father of Colton Burpo, a little boy who was graced with a glimpse of heaven that his family is now sharing with the world. Not only is this a tale of God’s healing, provision, and revelation, but it is also very much the story of a family. Of parents who love their children, of parents suffering to see their son deathly ill, and who struggle to understand his new knowledge of God and passion for evangelism. I’ll admit that I shed a few tears while reading of their challenging passages together as a family. Collaboratively written by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent, it is difficult to say how much of the writing is Burpo’s and how much is Vincent’s. Burpo has obviously provided all of the material, and since Vincent is making quite a name for herself as a co-author of memoirs and auto-biographical works, it is quite likely that we have her to thank for the clarity and crispness of the writing found in Heaven is For Real. While I don’t know how such collaborative projects generally work, I’m certainly thankful for the professional quality of the writing, and the easy-to-read engaging style that she uses. Thankfully, Burpo isn’t presenting his son’s experiences as definitive. He shares them humbly, as what they are – words from the mouth of a small child who is still in the tactless, calling things as they are phase of life (you know – when your children point at people in the store and say rude, if honest things about them?) I am relieved that Burpo is sure to use scripture to make connections between his son’s experience and the Word of God, comparing everything that is said to the ultimate revelation that God has given us – the Bible. While this book is certainly an encouraging exploration of Colton’s child-like explanations of heaven that will bolster faith and rekindle our excitement to reach our eternal home, it is, perhaps more importantly, the story of an event that will hopefully reach out to doubters, to seekers, and help them find their way to heaven’s shores as well. Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
Date published: 2011-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from "Proof"? Actually, all this made me believe is that the mind is a marvelous thing, capable of filling a lot of little details from subliminal input; that people are somehow surprised that a child absorbed all the things his parents and friends believed and told him to believe; and that outside perspectives on the subject are skewed by their own belief system. Why wouldn't the boy dream of "Heaven" when he's been told all his life that it's real, and how it should look? Why does the fact that he couldn't read it for himself [but has heard it every day] somehow make his recollections fantastic? Why wouldn't he absorb conversations from around him while he was in a coma [or clinically dead] and put it together subconsciously into a picture of his surroundings? And why wouldn't a believer such as the father [who is telling this story and has filtered it through his own beliefs and biases] put the most faith-based slant on it he could? It's a nice little tale of hope, sure, but it isn't "proof" of the existence of heaven any more than one eyewitness account proves that Elvis is still alive. I'm not saying the people involved are deliberately misleading the readers - I'm saying that they have told a tale from their own viewpoint, and that viewpoint is very skewed by their own desire to belive in the divine. It should be taken as the nice little piece of enhanced pseudo-reality that it is [like "A Million Little Pieces"] and left at that, nothing more and nothing less.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended Just finished reading this book a few minutes ago and wow it really moved me completely. This story is told by Colton's father whom is a pastor in their hometown. It's about a three year old boy by the name of Colton whom has to have emergency surgery and dies for only three minutes on the operating table. He tells his parents all about heaven and of the people he met there people he has never seen or heard about. This book will make you a believer.
Date published: 2011-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it A lot I really enjoyed this book. There are a lot of scripture quotes that I was the craziest about, however, you get the point and I really enjoyed reading about this little boys experience. I am loaning this book out to my famiy and friends because, true or not, it gives people hope that the ones we have lost, we have a chance to see them again. Know what I mean? It gives people hope. It's the best gift you can give.
Date published: 2011-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Story, Highly Recommended! I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. It is the story of a 3 year old's near death experience and visit to heaven. For all those who believe in God and an afterlife, this book will give them hope and will strengthen their faith. For those who do not believe, it will certainly give them something to think about.
Date published: 2010-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating Heaven is for Real is the true story of a three year old boy who believes to have visited Heaven while undergoing emergency surgery. Told by his father, this story describes Colton's experiences that he has shared since his incredible journey.Colton describes Heaven, Jesus and many other experiences in a believable and childlike way. His accounts include details and information about people that he could not have known otherwise, making the story that much more incredible. I am a Christian and I have always believed in Heaven, but in a sort of mystical sense. This book made Heaven a tangible place that I hope to someday visit and be reunited with loved ones. The story really hit home for me when Colton tells his family about meeting his sister in Heaven... a sister that he had never been told about because his mother suffered a miscarriage before Colton was born. I have had miscarriages and I have always hoped that someday I will be reunited with these children in Heaven, but now I feel sure that they are there waiting for me. I know there are people out there who will attempt to explain away Colton's accounts of his trip to Heaven, but I am not one of them. His story is remarkable and nothing short of a miracle. I am happy to accept it, and I was really glad to have the chance to read this book.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting story Heaven is For Real By Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent For a long time I looked forward to the arrival of this book to my home. I love modern stories from people who have experienced the next world in one way or another. It took a very long time for the book to arrive, but finally last week I had it in my hands. I wondered how the author would present: “A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back”. I did expect the story to be written from Colton’s perspective. The happening itself is credible. Why not? Why wouldn’t a person of any age die for a few minutes while on the operating table and experience timeless heaven? These things fit easily into my world view, and I appreciate the care Todd (Colton’s father) took to gather and record the information as spoken by Colton as true as possible to how Colton witnessed and experienced it. It is a good story, a good thing to share with the world. I was a little disappointed to discover that this story is actually Colton’s father, Todd’s, story: full of Todd’s point of view of what happened to Colton. The impact Colton’s experience had on Todd’s life.
Date published: 2010-11-30