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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. Sonja Burpo is a busy mom and pastor's wife. A certified elementary teacher, Sonja is passionate about children's ministry and helping women work through the difficulty of miscarriage.



Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer ofHeaven 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1227 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (Oct. 31 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A90BXS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,757 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
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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3 of 3 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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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 100 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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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 on....kids just don't talk like that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got to like it! May 1 2015
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A wonderful family movie! Very stirring, compelling and captivating! I couldn't help but get caught up in the scenario when Mom is a little slow on the uptake! She just didn't want to believe Colton's experience...like most. Sometimes our sense of reality gets in the way of what God's reality is and we need innocent little people to sometimes jar us back into God's realm from time to time.

Super, super movie! I would like to have seen more presentation on what the alternative to Heaven is, but then again, that wasn't Colton's experience. However, it would've been fitting had it been "attached" in Todd's very weak sermon somehow. I was saddened to see how a pastor could have questions like this while trying to lead the flock. One cannot lead where one has never been! It was an honest portrayal of the frailties of mankind and various faith issues that we all get from time to time, I suppose.The actors did a superb job and the cinematography was excellent. Highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something to think about March 25 2015
Format:Paperback
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.
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