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Heaven Is for Real for Kids: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

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Heaven is for real, and you are going to like it!

Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message: Jesus really, really loves children.In an effort to reach even more families with this eternally significant story, this runaway bestseller is now told from Colton—kid to kids! Children will receive the same comfort and assurance that so many adults have received from the trade book.

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Overview

Heaven is for real, and you are going to like it!

Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message: Jesus really, really loves children.In an effort to reach even more families with this eternally significant story, this runaway bestseller is now told from Colton—kid to kids! Children will receive the same comfort and assurance that so many adults have received from the trade book.

Beautifully illustrated under Colton's direction, he shares his experiences in first person and comments on things that will be important to kids. A letter to parents is included to guide them as they talk to their children about heaven. Scripture along with a Q&A section with answers from the Bible are also included in the book.

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2014-05-02
This picture-book adaptation of the Burpos' 2010 account for adults of then-4-year-old Colton's near-death experience comes with a built-in audience but doesn't reach much further than it.A note to parents and grandparents precedes a two-page explanation that, during a visit to the hospital, "Colton closed his eyes, and when he opened them— / Jesus was with him!" The boy's brief sojourn in heaven is related in an ingenuous child's voice laced with exclamation marks. Readers learn that "Heaven is not scary—ever!" and that "Everyone is happy there!" He meets a number of biblical celebrities, his great-grandfather and—tellingly and horrifically—"my big sister [who] was so excited to see me that she wouldn't stop hugging me!" Several pages of description of heavenly delights follow before Jesus explains that he is "answering your dad's prayer" and returning him to this vale of tears. Children entranced by the happy animals and Michael's awesome flaming sword will feel that Colton got a very bad deal. Ong paints a supersoft-focus heaven populated by white-robed angels and a crowned Jesus. Aside from an appealingly rainbow-maned white horse and the welcome inclusion of dark-skinned angels (none of them named characters), the aesthetic is one that recalls mass-produced mid-20th-century Sunday school materials. Believers may well be charmed by Colton's close encounter; nonbelievers will suspect that Colton's account of heaven owes more to his parents' stories of his big sister's afterlife than actual experience.Is heaven for real? Maybe, but this book is not likely to persuade any skeptics. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785237518
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Edition description: International

Meet the Author

Todd Burpo

Todd Burpois 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, yet to be named.

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

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    Exceptional!!!

    I recieved this as free ebook from booksneeze and would have rated it at about 3 stars, until I read it to children. I enjoyed the letter to the parents in the beginning and liked that they had questions (and answers to the questions) that children might ask at the end of the book. When I sat on the couch, though, with a 5 year old on one side and an 7 year old on the other and all of their attention was unwaveringly on this book I knew it was a great resource.
    Even in black and white on my little NOOK screen they enjoyed the pictures. They both said that they liked ALL of it until I asked if there was anything they didn't like and then the 5 year old only said that he didn't like when Colton had to go back to the hospital.
    Death is a scary unknown for adults, but even more so for children who can't always understand the explanations to the questions that they have. This book does not talk down to children as some books tend to do. It uses simple language in definite terms and backs it up with short passages from the bible.
    I think this book is wonderful. I will be purchasing it from BN to add to my children's book collection.

    53 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    This book is amazing!!!

    When i first read heaven is for real i hardly belived it. I had so my questions with very little answers. See i am a teen and hardly understand somethings out there. I found heaven is for real at my library and thought i would give it a try. I didnt think i would be to interested in the book. But then i started reading it and couldnt put down. I finishwe it in a whole 2 hrs. It was that good. It made me think alot about life and how one kid can see so much.

    26 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Great Conversation starter on Subject with Kids

    "What would Heaven look like? Who will be there? Will our dogs be there? What will Jesus be like?" These are the types of question my curious 5 and 7 year olds ask during our time of devotion. I've always struggled to describe the indescribable. As the song says, "I can only imagine", yet Colton Burpo doesn't just imagine he actually experiences Heaven first-hand.

    This children's version of the bestselling book does not go into details about Colton's illness and surgery, but just implies that Colton was very sick. It never says Colton dies only that he closed his eyes during this time of severe illness and when he opened his eyes he could see Jesus and Heaven.

    My son's had many questions about how was possible. Almost curious about if they closed their eyes if they too may open them to see Jesus. I found myself having to explain portions of the adult version of the book for them to fully understand the beginning of the story, but once we got going the content within was excellent!

    This book brings comforting answers to those questions about what Heaven will look like, sound like and who will be present. It allowed opportunities to discuss family members who have already gone to Heaven that my kids have never met. It also did an excellent job of discussing the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) with a child-like innocence of the relationship, as it should be.

    This is a book that would be great for children in the second grade on up. My oldest was able to read this book with minimal assistance and able to grasp the reality of Colton's severe illness better than my 5 year old, however both were fascinated by the beautiful illustrations. I consider this a book one for every children's library.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2011

    Touched my Spirit

    This book is a must for any person, Christian or not. You will come out of this book knowing "Heaven IS for real". I have been going along lately with a feeling that my prayers hit the ceiling and was not going anywhere and doubting my faith.....this book changed my life as it touched my spirit. This is a must read for every man, woman and child.

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Hi

    A must-have! Amazing!

    15 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Excellent Book For Kids

    I just finished reading "Heaven is for Real for Kids, A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" and I thought this was a great book for Kids. I read this book to my daughter and she was amazed at everything thing that was talked about with Colton's time he spent in Heaven. She loved how the pictures conveyed the message he was talking about from meeting Jesus, God, Angels, lost loved ones and even animals. I enjoyed reading this book to her because of the message of the book. I also liked the fact that each section had a Bible verse that my daughter could learn as we was reading, and they backed up what Colton was talking about. Overall I really enjoyed this book and my daughter did as well. John 14:2-3 2In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

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    Adorable and Comforting

    Summary: You've probably heard of the full nonfiction book that has been a bestseller. This is the illustrated children's book version of that. "Heaven is for Real for Kids" tells the story of a young boy named Colton who was sick in the hospital when he almost died and got to go to Heaven. The book includes Scriptures on every page that correspond with the story. At the end, a Q&A is provided on what Colton is like today, if there's more to his story, if other people have similar stories, how we will know each other in heaven, and if you can fly in Heaven.

    Review: Sometimes the simplified version of a story is all it takes to make you think. This children's book version of the bestseller does that, and it is bound to benefit the youngest to the oldest reader. The Bible constantly reminds Christians of the promise of the resurrection and of Heaven for those who follow Christ. For those doubters out there, or those who just need a reminder (we all doubt at some time), this simple child's true story will give comfort and peace. It might even elicit an "awww" out of those who like cute children and cute stories. The book also serves as a great introduction to Heaven for kids. It will serve as a discussion starter, and I'm sure the beautiful illustrations will make the reader happy, as well.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Exquizet truly amazing

    These past few months have been rough on me so then one day i went to school and my friend reccomended it to my whole class she is actually behind in this book which surprised me that when she was at chapter 5 i was at chapter 17 but i cried because it was so full of joy so i cried all night because it was so good it is truly a must must have and i asked my mom and she said it is a true story which i think is so cool i forgot about all my hard times when i started reading this book i think everyone even if you are not christian should read it because it is such a great book

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    While I find it a tad problematic to accept the literal message

    While I find it a tad problematic to accept the literal message of this book – descriptions of Jesus, the animals, the games and the like - the spiritual message, that Heaven is for real, is of immense value. Heaven is for Real for Kids is the children’s edition of the original book, Heaven is for Real. This story documents a little boy’s experience of Heaven. Close to death after a medical emergency, Colton Burpo miraculously pulled through and, after his remarkable recovery, gradually disclosed an amazing account of a near-death experience where he encountered Jesus in Heaven. While it would be easy to dismiss this story as mere fantasy, the figment of a child’s imagination, or the product of his parents’ promptings, it is much more helpful to take it at face value and read it with an open mind. Don’t be distracted by details but allow yourself to be comforted and reassured by the truth of the message – Heaven is indeed for real!
    This edition has been beautifully illustrated by Wilson Ong, albeit with pictorial portrayals remarkably reminiscent of some vintage Ellen G. White Bible story books. Nevertheless, the pictures certainly do transform it into an attractive little book to share with children of all ages.
    This is a book that should generate much beneficial discussion about very important issues that children (and perhaps their parents) might not otherwise know how to broach. Illness, death and life after death are not easy topics to tackle. Here is the perfect opportunity to allow children to start to talk about those serious, scary – and sacred – subjects.
    I recommend this book for family reading. Don’t just give it to your child and walk away. Allow the young reader to express any concerns or reactions that they have to the story. There is a brief question and answer section at the end of the book that may address some of the issues that children raise, but I understand that an associated “Conversation Kit” has also been published, I assume for use with the “adult version” of the book. Undoubtedly, this would be a very useful tool to facilitate the dialogue.
    Whether or not the little ones take on the complex message of Heaven and life after death, there is one message that I pray that they will not miss, and that is that “Jesus really, really loves children!”.
    A little book direct from the heart and experience of a little person! To be sure, “a little child will lead them”! (Isaiah 11:6).
    Well done, Colton! You are God’s miracle and God’s messenger!
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Please reply...

    What is the differance betwean Heaven is for real kids and normal?

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    July 10 2013

    I dont care what anyone says this book is amazing. When I read it I was in total shock. I thought I iwas going to cry. So if this helps you decide press yes or no. THANKS!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Kayla holbrook

    Im tierd of that anonmous person who keeps dening GOD whos with me.GOD is real

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    A book that brings peace to the soul.

    Two years ago my daughter died from Lukemia. She left behind a husband and a 22 month old child. Since my family are believers, we wanted to teach our grandchild about where we believe his mother has gone, and this book is the thing to do just that. My grandson is now 4 like Colton was at the time of the events in the book. He ( my grandson) relates to Colton and he speaks of his mommy in Heaven and how one day he will see her. The pictures in the book are as beautiful as the story. This book has brought a lot of comfort to my family!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Great book for kids!

    I had heard many wonderful reviews for "Heaven is Real" and really enjoyed it myself when I read it. Then, I also had the opportunity to read "Heaven is Real - For Kids", an adaptation of the New York Times Bestseller, as told by Colton Burpo to his parents Todd and Sonja Burpo with illustrations by Wison Ong.

    The story and experience is simply related in a story like way for children to understand, introducing them to Heaven and all of its wonders through the personal experience Colton had. I feel it is a wonderful and easy way to explain it all to little kids in a way they can easily understand.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    A great book for young children

    I purchased this book for my grand children and great-grandchildren for Easter. This is a very nice book to get children started with a little religion.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    This book is awesome. I couldn't put it down. I have referred i

    This book is awesome. I couldn't put it down. I have referred it to many of my friends and we now have it in our church book store. Everyone that has read it is blown away by this little boys' memories of heaven. It's definitely a must read..

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    I wish they'd let you give zero stars. This was a total waste o

    I wish they'd let you give zero stars. This was a total waste of money. There is no way this was from a child. Having a minister for a father in a very religious home, what would you expect?? Believe what you want to believe, but please stop trying to brainwash others.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2011

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    so boring

    i read the book and this is like maybe 5 of the ideas presented in it...with a picture now. not worth any amount of money

    3 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    A must read for all ages not just kids!

    As an adult I have read "Heaven is for Real" and thought it was amazing, so I jumped at the chance to read the kid version to my 4 year old. This is the story of Colton who while undergoing surgery travels to Heaven and meets all kind of people including Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit and many others. Colton tells his children readers what he saw and what he felt. The pictures that accompanied those descriptions were amazing and really helped to tell the story.


    I think this book was very well thought out it can be read to a smaller child, and to an older child as well. To bridge this gap there are Bible verses to accompany the story, which reinforce what Colton is telling the reader. In fact, I thought of taking it to some individuals I know who are reaching the end of their life, because I think everyone could benefit from this refreshing story!


    The end of the book also had some question and answers, which I thought would be very helpful. I read this book to my son just before bed, but I can imagine that when he gets up in the morning he will have some questions, I think these couple of pages could be a really great asset for any parent. I would recommend this book to all people, not just children, but it is a great way to teach our children about heaven and about our Lord. Awesome book!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Really.

    People will buy anything.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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