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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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Book Description

“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, a wrestling coach, a volunteer fireman, and he operates a garage door company with his wife, Sonja, who is also a children’s minister, busy pastor’s wife, and mom. Colton, now an active 11-year-old, has an older sister Cassie and a younger brother Colby. The family lives in Imperial, Nebraska.

Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer of Same Kind of Different as Me and Going Rogue: An American Life. The author or co-author of nine books, Vincent is a senior writer for WORLD magazine and a lecturer in writing at the King’s College in New York City. She lives in San Diego, California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0849946158
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A90BXS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4,050 of 4,460 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is "Heaven is for Real" for real? November 30, 2010
I found out about a pretty neat program not too long ago. I could get free books if I'd agree to write a review. As a lover of books, with over 1,000 of them in my library, I jumped at the chance.

The first book I received was titled "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo. Needless to say, as a pastor I was skeptical! I thought, Oh no, not another I've been to heaven book! Beginning with 90 minutes in Heaven, the market has been flooded by books of peoples accounts of their journey to Heaven, Hell, and the Laundromat! I assumed this book would be little different and I thought I'd wind up relegating this book to the "not worth my time" pile. I was wrong.

"Heaven is for Real" is a a heartwarming, simple, and surprisingly biblical glimpse into a little four year old boy's journey into Heaven. Colton Burpo was four year's old when he found himself at death's door. His family didn't realize he had made his amazing journey until small but shocking revelations that amazed and bewildered his parents began to leak out. Colton didn't just have one sit down conversation, he let his journey be known one startling revelation at a time.

How could this little boy know these things? How could he know about relatives who had died long before he was born? How could someone so young offer such amazing insights into Heaven, Christ, and the glories that await Christians? How could he know things he'd never been taught and couldn't know?

As I mentioned before, I'm a skeptic at heart. A book like this one wouldn't likely catch my attention and certainly wouldn't win any praise from me. So many books like these are fanciful, unbiblical, and simply outright inconsistent with what I know to be true from the Bible.
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121 of 139 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable (literally) May 5, 2014
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If there is something--anything--redeeming about this book I could not find it, hence the lowest rating possible. Reading this book is maybe the nicest thing I've ever done for my friends. Now you don't have to. For me, it was kind of like being dragged by horses across a field of broken glass. . . during a blizzard. . . while passing a kidney stone. . . and listening to Bob Dylan. I didn't know anything about Todd Burpo, but I can tell you my respect for Lynn Vincent has plunged to the center of the earth. I can't even give it a bump for the quality of writing.

I was compelled to read "Heaven is for Real" by its popularity. The book is currently #7 on Amazon and the movie has grossed $65 million in just a few weeks. Millions of people have formed their beliefs about God and heaven from what Todd Burpo claims his 3-year-old son experienced in heaven and later relayed to him.

The story goes as follows: Young Colton Burpo underwent an emergency appendectomy and made a subsequent miraculous recovery. Several months later, Colton revealed to his parents that while in surgery he had an out-of-body experience, spoke with angels, and sat in Jesus' lap. For the next couple years, whenever the Burpo parents got a hankerin', they'd pump Colton for more information. There was a pattern to these sessions. Colton would be preoccupied (often playing with swords or action figures) when his dad asked something like, "Hey Colton, did you see God's throne in heaven?" Whether the question was, "Did you see animals?" or "Did you see Mary?" or "Did you see Satan?" or something else, Colton's reply never failed to gratify. His father was invariably stunned and amazed. Colton would then run off and play while Mr.
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1,465 of 1,732 people found the following review helpful
It's a terrible thing to be young and jaded. I confess that, despite my belief that there is a real and dynamic spiritual world interwoven with material reality, I approached Heaven Is For Real with a high degree of skepticism. I have a hard time getting past the logical-critical methods which have been drilled into me through the course of my education. Part of me, I suppose, deeply longs for quantifiable evidence of the spiritual. My jadedness comes from poring over scads of accounts of afterlife experiences and finding so many times that they come coated in a greasy film of sensationalism and self-promotion. Heaven Is For Real might just be the real thing.

Todd Burpo, co-author, husband and father, is a small-town minister and serves as the narrator. Todd went through a trying season of personal injury and illness, taking on large medical debts, which culminated in a life-or-death struggle for Todd's son, Colton. Colton had a bout of what seemed to be, and was misdiagnosed as, the stomach flu, but in actuality Colton's appendix had ruptured and the condition went untreated for five days. Railing against God for this Job-like testing, as Colton was wheeled into the operating room screaming, Todd thought he'd seen his son for the last time.

Against all odds, and through multiple surgeries, Colton miraculously recovered. The caliber of the miracle would not begin to be revealed till months later when Colton revealed to his family that he had been to Heaven. Over the course of time Colton would open up and share details of his experience; offering preternatural knowledge of things about which, his family says, Colton had no prior knowledge.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is THE best book I Ever read. I will read it again and again, when ever I need a spiritual lift.
Published 4 hours ago by John H. Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read.
Published 10 hours ago by Chicago Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful, inspirational book. Too bad that Hollywood didn't portray the family and the events in a truer way.
Published 14 hours ago by Janet Medrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Honestly Heaven Is For Real
If you are unsure that there is a heaven, then you will no longer be confused after reading this book. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Leola Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Satisfied!
Published 14 hours ago by Carol scoglio
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
A book full of lies. The kid admitted he made the story up. A work of fiction!
Published 14 hours ago by Yahoo
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
It was easy to read, and the story filled in a lot of gaps from the movie. Would definitely recommend to others. It gives hope in a world with so much going on that could shake it!
Published 1 day ago by L. Russ
5.0 out of 5 stars God bless Great shipping time too
This book has been giving to read to many people. Very inspiring.
Please read it, you will not be sorry.
And yes, Heaven is for real. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amy E. Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great transaction and great product
Published 1 day ago by Lydia Swystun
5.0 out of 5 stars True Believer
I've always believed in heaven. Now this book and Colton have certainly confirmed "That Heaven Is For Real". Read more
Published 1 day ago by Gregory Schultz
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