Saturday, November 20, 2010

Heaven Is For Real

Heaven Is For Real, Todd Burpo, Nonfiction, Thomas Nelson, 2010, 163 pages.


    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 us the chance to see, and believe, like a child.

My thoughts: I try to be wary among this type of story. If it is false, it could give us a false impression and assumption if we believe it. However, I do not yet see any reason to interpret this as false, as the evidence (if recounted correctly) supports the experience. If true, this story is great motivation for any believer in any number of situations!

*I received this book free from Booksneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.*

My rating: 5 stars

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    1. I was just watching this young boy on the internet today and I think this would be a marvelous book to read.
      It certainly gives us alot of hope.

    2. Hmm..Twould be an interesting read. Not sure if it's my style though :(

    3. This book was amazing...the detail with which a young boy could describe Jesus, Angels and Heaven with was astounding to me! Did you ever look up the picture of Jesus that the young girl named Akiane painted after her vision of Jesus that was talking about in 'Heaven is for Real?' You can find it by going to and typing in "Akiane's Jesus." That portrait is hauntingly beautiful, as is the story of Colton Burpo's visit to Heaven.

      This was a really good review, Noah!