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Friday, November 18, 2011

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo

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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So earlier this year there was all sorts of buzz in my favourite Goodreads bookclub with several members reading this book and recommending it to the rest of us so I naturally jumped at the chance to review it.
                Since I typically do not read this genre I was surprised by how much I liked this book. Todd Burpo writes about his son’s account of what heaven is like in a wonderful way. I liked how Burpo did not seem overly preachy in this book, despite the genre. I also liked how he added in some nice dashes of humour. I also enjoyed reading this book because it is obvious that he loves his family with all his heart.
                As a person who had a ruptured appendix when I was 11 that went untreated for 3 days I can related to poor Colton’s situation. The poor little guy I remember how much discomfort I was in and can only imagine what it was like on his frail little form.  I found my heart breaking when he described his meeting his sister whom his mother miscarried at two months. 
                The story was heartwarming and heartfelt but the skeptic in me does not die easily. I think that it is up to the reader to form their own opinions on Colton’s escapade in heaven , but I also believe that there is no harm in reading this account. It’s a feel good book that doesn’t preach but relates one boy’s experiences. Whether they are true are not… I guess we’ll all have to wait and see.  
I received this book in exchange for free in for my honest review.                                
★ ★ ★


  1. i wish i coulda been there to support u when you had your appendix removed. Glad u enjoyed the book. It is interesting to me. I always found this phenomenon intriging.

  2. "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.

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