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

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

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by Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo
 

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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

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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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Colton Burpo was just four years old when, after a near death experience, he returned to tell his parents that he had been to heaven. In this children's book, Colton himself describes his experiences in the higher realm and explains how it applies to life on earth. Heaven is for Real for Kids also contains illustrations of the heavenly realms as Colton saw it; letter to parents about approaching the topic with children; and a Q&A section with Bible-based answers. (P.S. Colton's parents' Heaven is for Real has been a resilient nationwide adult bestseller.)

Publishers Weekly
The bestselling book is adapted for children, which makes sense since the story involves a child, Colton Burpo, who told his parents he visited heaven during a life-threatening surgery when he was three. Heaven is filled with angels and also animals; Colton reported playing with dogs, cats, elephants, and kangaroos, and saw Jesus riding a big white horse, to which illustrator Ong gives a rainbow mane. It’s all very kid-friendly. Parents who bought and liked the adult version of the story will likely buy this for their, or someone else’s, kids; a gift inscription page is included. Ages 4–8. (Nov. 8)
Kirkus Reviews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400318704
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
123,703
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet 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. Sonja Burpo is a busy mom and pastor's wife. A certified elementary teacher, Sonja is passionate about children's ministry and helping women work through the difficulty of miscarriage.

Sonja Burpo is a busy mom and pastor's wife. A certified teacher in the state of Nebraska, she has taught in the public school system both in Oklahoma as well as in Imperial. Sonja is passionate about children's ministry and helping women through the difficulty of miscarriage.

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Heaven Is for Real for Kids: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
avid_reader13 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Set_Free More than 1 year ago
"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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must-have! Amazing!
kwaub More than 1 year ago
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."
HarmoniousGlow More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Ja-el More than 1 year ago
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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im tierd of that anonmous person who keeps dening GOD whos with me.GOD is real
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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..
Angela_Nic More than 1 year ago
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.
Kimberley Jones More than 1 year ago
It really changed my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You need you to go!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very faith affirming! This series of books is wonderful. I found them to be life changing...
mumwrites More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze and I must say this is a must for every household. A perfect way for mums to teach their little ones about the concept of heaven and Jesus Christ. With a child-to-child manner of story telling and a very engaging and colorful illustration that is sure to pique any child's interest, this is a must have bedtime read! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He survived!
GrannyLu-2all More than 1 year ago
I purchased several of these books as gifts. Adults love it too as the illustrations are so beautiful along with the story. Kids are facinated by the pictures as they draw them along the story about Heaven. All kids like to be reminded that they are loved by others.
Mccullh More than 1 year ago
This is so neat- it is a Read to me and it has Colton and Todd reading the book together.. Kind of neat idea and makes going throught the book really neat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from the library after i saw todd burpo on gma i read this in one day i found this book just how i myself would envision what heaven would look like most peoplethink you lost your mind when you tell them youve had an out of body experience but although i myself never did i believe this boy did this book was a great read now wheres the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only way to gget to heaven is to ask God in to your heart and he will guide the way.he will pick you up when your down. He will fill your cup whrn you are thirsty. When you fell aloun your not he is there for you. Wheni was little i got scared of the dark. So i prayed and God talked to me. It blow me away? His voice was deep but not that deep and very com and sweet it just to hard explane what he sounded like it was amazing. God is unfavonable. So iwant to read this book to see where i am going to live soon. I feel like he is coming very soon. I love GOD and he loves me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book, loved the moral and loved the the visualization, made me want to cry when i read this story