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Book Description

November 2, 2010

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.

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"Burpo, a Wesleyan pastor in rural Nebraska, recounts the story of his son’s mystic vision of heaven while the youngster was suffering from a near-fatal illness in the spring of 2003. Through the course of the work, Burpo recalls conversations he had with his son about what heaven was like. Christians will be encouraged, non-Christians not at all. This work is written in a plain, conversational style that Dean Gallagher narrates with great skill. Gallagher reads at a pace that is never hurried, even when recalling stressful incidents. He is expressive, but never melodramatic—especially when relating the anguish Burpo and his wife felt at nearly losing their child." 
M.T.F.  © AudioFile Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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

  • Paperback: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849946158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849946158
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12,692 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4,033 of 4,438 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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1,452 of 1,717 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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3,307 of 3,976 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gonna get a lot of flak for my review, so here goes... August 28, 2011
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For those of you who are going to rant and chastise me for being judgmental, save it...

I, too, have had a terrifying experience where my child was extremely sick, doctors could not diagnose him for a couple of days, he went into the hospital, and when he was finally diagnosed was not expected to live. This is where my 'judgmentalism' comes from...

Thinking I was going to be buying a sweet little, uplifting tale that would resonate with me as I am a person of great faith and unfathomable love and thankfulness to God _ I came to a point in this book (about midway through Chapter 6) where I had to quit reading this book. The more I read (as written by the little boy's father) about the actions of these parents before actually seeking medical attention for their obviously sick child, the more judgmental I became. I don't like it when I find myself judging people, so the best thing for me to do was to delete the book from my Kindle and just forget about it. If I could ask for my money back, so that no money goes into the hands of people who acted so ignorantly, I would.

Here are a few examples of their behavior that just stupified me: When little Colton first became sick, before a trip, his mother took him to the doctor and the doctor wrote his illness off as a stomach flu. The parents prayed not that their sweet little 3 year old get better, but that he would get better enough not to interrupt a trip. (The trip was for a district church denomination meeting.) So, little Colton seems to be back to his old self the next day, so they go on their trip. While out on their trip, both of their children become sick one night and the parents believed there was a revisitation of the stomach flu. That's understandable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving true story and a must read
I have read this book among others and I love how this proves that Heaven is for Real. I always knew it but this just cemented it for me. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
The way in which heaven was described is very interesting. I would definitely recommend this book to people of all ages.
Published 9 hours ago by AJS
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!
watch the movie! read the book! amazing!
Published 10 hours ago by Laura A. Aumen
5.0 out of 5 stars Overpowering Faith
This is truly a faith filled book which opens many questions and tests a persons ability to accept a new idea. I loved it!
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Bought it for my wife and she loved it. She wants me to read it too.
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Love the book very rewarding
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED it, and in fact I have loaned my ...
LOVED it, and in fact I have loaned my copy to many even ones that have since seen the movie version! Read more
Published 19 hours ago by connie turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I really enjoyed, no..loved this family's story. I felt like the book was well written and very interesting. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by L101
4.0 out of 5 stars Healing
Heaven is Real is thought provoking and for some it will be healing for their soul.
Published 19 hours ago by Joan Accardi
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Poor sad brainwashed kid
I have to agree with both of you. Although it isn't REAL Christians who are deluded and dangerous - it's those who CALL THEMSELVES Christians who are dangerous - and there seem to be an awful lot of them lately! I have to comment on this book because I almost died when I was 3 1/2 years old,... Read More
May 27, 2011 by Kindle Customer |  See all 40 posts
Heaven sounds oppressive and boring
That's a false dichotomy.
Sep 19, 2011 by R. |  See all 20 posts
I think the little boy believes it, right. His Mommy and Daddy told him so.
Oct 10, 2011 by Steve Jones |  See all 5 posts
"Going to heaven" doesn't really solve anything.
It states in the bible if you believe in God and Jesus you will be in heaven for all eternity and once you are in heaven why would you rebel. All will be revealed and you will believe for eternity with feelings of love and peace and happiness, why would you rebel and want to leave that,... Read More
Apr 17, 2011 by ReNayNay |  See all 12 posts
This happened to me.
It can be hard to believe for sure, but so many people say it has happened. A few years ago my niece confided in me that she thought she may have almost died. She said she got tired swimming at a camp where she was working and that fellow counselors dragged her to shore. She said "The... Read More
Apr 16, 2011 by M. Young |  See all 30 posts
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