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Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Heaven is for Real A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Author: Lynn Vincent, Todd Burpo
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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780849946158
ISBN-10: 0849946158
Publication Date: 11/2/2010
Pages: 162
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Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back on + 26 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 21
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 Thoughts: This book is absolutely wonderful. I cried...and laughed and sat absolutely amazed at what I was reading about Colton and his family. This book is a must read--especially for anyone who is questioning if there is a God--a heaven--and where we go when we die. We often hear that truth comes from children....they haven't enough imagination at that young an age to make up a lot of lies and such....and they are brutally honest! We accept this with normal every day things....so, even though Colton may be talking about topics that are usually hard--he is putting them in the perspective of a 3 year old. The comments he makes are straight-forward and without guile. I give this book a 5/5. It needs to be one you look up and add to your bookshelf!
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Helpful Score: 9
Colton Burpo's story was a refreshing and surprisingly accurate portrait of what awaits each of us whose destiny is Heaven. I read the book with a critical eye. I couldn't find any fault with them. His tale seemed honest. His descriptions fit the way a child would describe things, not one whose words had been fed him by an adult. Some of his revelations were simply amazing!

You can find something here that will warm your heart and quite possibly help ease your pain. This book is a sweet, touching, and amazing story. I think you'll be blessed by it.

What this book is meant to do, strengthen your faith, encourage you in your walk with Christ, and maybe just maybe long for Heaven just a little bit more.
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Helpful Score: 9
This is a good spiritual read. Give you the tingles and makes you realize that some things really are true and gives a glimpse into heaven.
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Helpful Score: 4
Todd Burpo is a pastor. He has a wife and two children. At the time of this writing, his youngest son is 3 years old. The family had been through a rough year, mostly for the pastor himself. He had experienced kidney stones, trouble with his knees and then was put through the trauma of his young son coming down with appendicitis. The appendicitis got so bad that the family thought that they might lose their young Colton.
It is about a year later that Colton is coming up with conversations about Jesus, Heaven and people who have been dead for longer that he himself has been alive. This is when the discovery becomes apparent that young Colton had visited Heaven during his surgery. Unable to really believe that his young son had actually been to heaven and back, the pastor asks questions of his young son. Colton's "three minutes" in heaven seems to be a reality.
This was a book that will certainly make you think and wonder what is actually in store for us after death. Colton's version of Heaven is certainly something that I would look forward to
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Helpful Score: 3
This book was amazing! The author, a pastor and Colton's father, shares with us his son's amazing journey to Heaven and back. This book doesn't feel preachy or judgmental. Instead, I got a very good sense of the fear and anxiety any parent would feel over their child's serious illness and their frustration at not being able to fix it.

I appreciated Todd Burpo's open and frank retelling of his frustration leading to getting angry at God and yelling at God. We can all relate to him feeling this way as we all tend to want to lash out our anger during situations we cannot control. I felt a lot of empathy for the Burpo family after the numerous medical challenges Todd had already faced, they now had to face the very scary fear that their only son could die.

The feelings of empathy turned to feelings of amazement when Colton makes a miraculous recovery, though his family still does not know the extent of what Colton went through, beyond the medical procedures. It isn't until on a family trip several months later that Colton begins to share with his family the extraordinary experience he had when he went to Heaven, met Jesus, met God, met his great-grandfather who passed away before he was born, met his sister who had been miscarried before Colton was born and even sees Satan. Colton relays these occurrences to his shocked family in a very innocent and guileless matter-of-fact manner only a child could convey.

My favorite passage in the book is when Colton is telling his parents that Jesus asked the angels to sing to him because he was scared and his father asks him what the angels sang to him.

Colton turned his eyes up and to the right, the attitude of remembering. "Well, they sang 'Jesus Loves Me' and 'Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho,'" he said earnestly. "I asked them to sing 'We Will, We Will Rock You,' but they wouldn't sing that."

Colton is a brave little boy who touched my heart and will touch yours. His faith and belief is awe inspiring in it's sweet innocence that reminds us to shed our adult cynical thinking and embrace our beliefs with a child-like joy and abandon.
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This book was amazing, convincing, and encouraging. I loved how the little boy's story of visiting heaven unfolded slowly over time. Short chapters made this book a quick read. Once I got started I couldn't stop. I highly recommend reading the book before seeing the movie.
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I read this shortly after my mom passed in 2011. It was such a comfort, and very enlightening. The book is so much better than the movie, as usual.
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How could you not love this book? Ideal to read with you family and rediscover the joy of childhood and the innocence of true faith.


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