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“A beautifully written glimpse into heaven that will encourage those who doubt and thrill those who believe.”

—Ron Hall, coauthor of Same Kind of Different as Me

“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.

Topics: Family, Christian Afterlife, Angels, Nebraska, Midwestern America, Inspirational, Heartfelt, The Afterlife, Heaven, Near-Death Experiences, and Miracles

Published: Thomas Nelson on
ISBN: 9780849949203
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Very well done.
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its amazing
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This book was a long and drawn out sorry. The author could have made it 100 pages and it would have been fine. Its not bad just a bit boring. Guess i will have to watch the movie to see how it ends.
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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...
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A quick read. It was interesting and intriguing. Something to think about. Have a hard time really believing that a 3 1/2 year old can articulate information, and don't know whether the father played a role in that (he is a minister, after all). Although, the faith of a child is something amazing and awesome to listen to and learn from. Liked it, just felt a little contrived and hokey for me.
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