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Heaven Is For Real [Paperback]

Todd Burpo
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Book Description

Nov. 2 2010

“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.


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About the Author

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, yet to be named.



Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer of Heaven Is for Real and Same Kind of Different As Me. The author or coauthor of ten books, Lynn has sold 12 million copies since 2006. She worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD magazine and is a U.S. Navy veteran.


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Two Cents... July 6 2012
By Adam TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A Surprisingly Honest Adventure!

I admit, I was skeptical when I first heard about this book. I was expecting some cheesy imagining of what heaven could look like. But as I began to read this book, I saw a story unfolding before my eyes.

This is not some biblical study on what heaven is like. This is also not some overactive imaginary description of it either. It is the story of a family who walked through the valley of the shadow of death and how they emerged from the other side.

The story is about Colton, the son of the main author (a pastor) who had a near death experience where he found himself in the heavenly courts and witness to some amazing details. But the story is told from the perspective of the Father and the horrors of watching your son almost die. And then as life progresses, the boy gives glimpses of the glory he witnessed by revealing very specific details of information concerning their family that he literally has no other way of knowing... Examples include how Colton told about his Grandfather, his second older sister (who was miscarried), and a whole bunch of details about heaven that a child his age would not have any knowledge of even with the background of church, Sunday School, and being a pastor's kid.

As I said, I was skeptical from the beginning, but I really appreciate how this book was written. I think that anyone can find encouragement within its pages and I heartily recommend it.
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54 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heaven Is for Real- An Honest Review Nov. 23 2010
By atanali TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This review may be a little...different. It has taken me a while, because after reading this book, I sat back and thought about it. What do I say, and more importantly, what do I believe?

Summary: This book is intended as a true account of a boy who visited heaven, as told by his father and a co-writer, Lynn Vincent.

Writing and Theme: The book is largely written as an account of Colton Burpo, who claims his spirit left his body and went to heaven while he was in a serious operation at the hospital. Over time, he tells of his experiences in heaven with Jesus and other people from history.
I would rather that the father had been the only author, as since this is to be a true account, it is a crucial point to this book's integrity. As there is a co-author, it's hard to tell if she "spiced things up". The work itself is fairly well written, and keeps your attention.

Theological and Topical Points: This is where it gets hard. First, I'll look at it from the skeptical point of view.
Does God really let people see heaven? To be honest, I don't know. In the Bible there are accounts of people going to heaven without physically dying, but they never returned.
In this age and nation, we need to consider other elements. Please don't take offense, but these questions unfortunately have to be asked. Is the boy a pathological liar? Is the father a pathological liar? Is he using his son to be published? Is he using his son to gain fame? Did he omit details and/or explanations for this said miracle, making it to appear in favor of a miracle and in turn, Christianity? How much profit will this book bring the Burpos and their ministry?
I know, it sounds awful, but with all the stories and scams that fly around nowadays, these questions must be asked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a believer out of anyone! Nov. 10 2012
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This is such a beautiful book ! So many people of have questions about heaven, well all you have to do is read this book and all your questions will be satisfied!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven is For Real Dec 15 2012
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anyone who is not sure there is a real heaven needs to read this book. A child tells it like it really is.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Book April 7 2012
Format:Paperback
I read this book as a believer in Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord. When I began reading Heaven is for Real, I could not put it down until I finished it. It is such an encouraging and revealing book that every person, whether a believer in Christ or not, should take the time to read it. It is a RIVETING book and will open up new thoughts even for a non-believer or a questioning person. I pray Holy Spirit will draw every person on earth to read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars RE: Heaven is for Real May 19 2014
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Amazon service/delivery is great but the book by Todd Burpo was not. As a child of a pastor he has been over-exposed to the bible and all of its perceived glory. Since I do dot subscribe to the belief that the bible is correct, I think the kid has done a good job of recollecting all of the images that his environment has exposed him to. Dont forget, Constantine facilitated the re-writing of the bible and like sheep, millions are lock-step in belief. . Try proof of heaven by Eben Alexander - now that is more believable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So Simple, Yet Profound Aug. 17 2013
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Reading about Heaven, as seen through the eyes of a three year old... what a powerful story! I would recommend this book to any Christian who wants to be encouraged about life after death. Simple. Moving. True.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Narnia -Like Moment Jan. 8 2012
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Christians are known as followers or disciples of Christ, the only begotten Son of God and very God himself. To take that belief system to the next level so that it becomes a dynamic and earth-changing set of heart-felt convictions requires an act of faith and sometimes a divine miracle or two to seal the deal. Pastor Burpo, in 'Heaven is for Real' offers us his personal proof that God, Jesus, and the heavenly angels really exist as reported in the Bible. His story is broken into two parts: one entails an incredible chain of events that defines a year in the life of the Burpo family as they contended with life-threatening adversities involving Todd and his son; the other equally incredible aftermath when young Coulton started to share his experiences of his illness. From the evidence, it appears that the young lad was caught up in an out-of-body translation that took him up to heaven for a short spell. There he was shown some unbelievably marvellous sights that confirm that God has prepared a wonderfully happy place for His children. While I equate this book with 'The Shack' in terms of its emotional impact and possible insights into the spiritual or supernatural realm, I certainly do not endorse it as as incontrovertible truth that God exists. Like the Burpos of Colorado, such intriguing events as described in Coulton's life may embolden our belief in the miraculous but we still have to walk by faith if we are to trust implicitly what God has promised us in His Word, which continues, for the most part, to be a strong point in the daily life of their family.
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3.0 out of 5 stars like a diary
Very simplistic; like a diary. Glad it was on sale. I felt it was close to crossing the line and becoming a sermon.
Published 4 days ago by abce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT! AFFECTIVE and Profound!
Published 4 days ago by Greg Giles
4.0 out of 5 stars This book has re-enforced my own faith in God and ...
This book has re-enforced my own faith in God and given me an insight into what we have to look forward to in Heaven. An absolute must read for those who believe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
What an amazing story, so inspirational and gives you hope that there is really something out there after life on earth. Worth the reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed every letter and word, and the story was fabulous, thankyou
Published 8 days ago by susan chernenkoff
3.0 out of 5 stars is heaven really like that, I guess from a child`s point of ...
It was a cute but hardly believable. Too rich, is heaven really like that,I guess from a child`s point of view it would be.
Published 8 days ago by Anna Nagy
1.0 out of 5 stars Christians concept of heaven
this book is for Christians and I am not a Christians so I just could not relate I also found it preachy and not inspirational.
Published 9 days ago by Meena Cleland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book was great. Would recommend it.
Published 11 days ago by johanne bernhof
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this!
What this young man says and saw is unbelievable in a good way. Thank you for the book and for helping me refind my hope and wonders of life after death!
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This is an amazing book. I read it when I was in Nova Scotia then I moved to Deer Lake in Northern Ont.and wanted to read it again.
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