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Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back [Kindle Edition]

Todd Burpo , Sonja Burpo , Colton Burpo , Lynn Vincent
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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.

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.

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.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0849946158
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (Nov. 2 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A90BXS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Two Cents... July 6 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a believer out of anyone! Nov. 10 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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57 of 68 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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hummm I don't know?? June 25 2014
By Copine
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This story is not bad. I can't even imagine where they found enough interesting stuff for a movie. Kind of drags on a bit. Not the best book I've ever read, but in all fairness not the worst. It is not a "you have to read this" book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much... June 15 2014
By L. Hahn
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not for me, way to religious.
Found it just too silly, not believable. Waste of my time and money.
I am sure the parents took great relief in their sons return to life, but come just don't talk like that.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boy's Fantasy June 20 2011
By Coconut
This is a book retelling a little boy's story of what he told his family about an encounter during an operation. The book written by his father and a co-author details this story. Could this be a little boy's Narnia? Narnia is promoted as fiction, a fantasy land of C.S. Lewis. Though a mysterious interesting world it is fantasy. Think James Frey and how he promoted his book as a memoir. Later admitting to Oprah once Frey was exposed that the story was embellished, as the book wouldn't sell if labelled fiction. Is this a visit to a heavenly realm or just a fantasy. Could an operation be a medicated scary situation causing hallucinations and dreams for a young boy? The authors tell the story of a boy visiting heaven. Could the promotion of a heavenly visit hone in on peoples curiousity of a heavenly experience thus driving sales of this book to the best seller list. The characters of this heaven remind one of the sunday school picture book with angels' having wings and heavenly beings wearing sashes. Possible the boy had seen one to many movies and been exposed to cartoon versions of the childrens bible found in many homes.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not at all convincing April 2 2014
I've read other books on the near-death experience where the reality of heaven, interaction with angelic beings, and awareness of God was spoken of. They were much more believable. I wish I could believe this story, but there seemed to be such a strong Christian agenda attached to it that at the turn of every page, I just could not believe what was being conveyed - and I'm open-minded person. Everything described was apparently consistent with 'what the Bible says', so I felt while reading it that someone just pulled information out of the Bible to write a popular story. Perhaps it all did happen, and due to the boy growing up in a Christian family, that was his filter for all of the experience. But I don't believe for one second that those who belong to other religions rather than Christian are barred from heaven - which is what is obviously implied by the boy saying that he learned in heaven that those who "haven't accepted Jesus into their hearts" don't get to go there.

If you want a good book on this subject, try "To Heaven and Back" by Dr. Mary C. Neil (also a Christian but providing a far more believable account) or "Proof of Heaven" written by the neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The movie was good..
The movie was good... the book was better.
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Published 1 month ago by MrsKZY
2.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but disapointing view of religion
The ones who lives by the bible, ends up disrespecting it by reading it like a recipe type of book. The story here, is well written and interesting to read, but how can an adult,... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars I purchased this book to read before the movie came ...
I purchased this book to read before the movie came to theatres. The book was, in my opinion, lacked the wow that generally brings me in and keeps me wanting to read more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wendy DeCorte
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Sad and beautiful story at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scriptural truths
The book points to Christ, His love for us and what He did for us. Colton also describes the Trinity, the end times, and other biblical facts that make it a credible and comforting... Read more
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