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Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real

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by Todd Burpo, Lynn (CON) Vincent

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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


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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Perfection Learning Corporation
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4.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)
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Heaven is for Real 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9228 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
kimjane69 More than 1 year ago
An amazing story that moved me, made me cry, but also inspired me to keep looking toward the goal and striving to be all I can be. This family's story shows how God can use a tragedy to bring about change in people's lives. This book has made me stop and think about my faith in a fresh new way and encouraged me to keep the faith.
jheinrichs More than 1 year ago
Heaven is for Real A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back By Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent is a book based on the true events of a four year old boy's visit to heaven. The book itself was written by his father, but simply retells the conversations he has had over a period of time with his son. As the father of a four year old boy myself I was very interested in reading this story. I have read many books on heaven, people's visions and encounters but none that involved someone so young. What sets this one apart from all the others is the simplicity and innocence of heaven explained through the eyes of a child. This is not a story about white fluffly clouds but rather a divine revelation of heaven given to a child. The descriptions from the mouth of this child (Colton) is very convincing and makes it hard to deny that he truly did have this heavenly encounter as a lot of what he say's matches up with scripture. There are several points I can remember being blown away and having my heart encouraged by the way Colton describes how Jesus feels for his children. As I read I could picture my 4 year old using many of the same descriptions had it happened to him. As much as I believe this child had an encounter there was something that tripped me up in the book a little bit. This was simply the idea that everybody in heaven had wings. I'm not writing off the book because of this, simply because I have not personally been to heaven. This is just something that I have never thought to be a truth about heaven. I also realize that a lot of Colton's descriptions came months after the event and it is entirely possible that a child's imagination can run wild. With an open mind I am also open to being proved wrong when I see heaven for myself. The book itself was well written and very easy to read. If you have a good chunk of time it would not be difficult to read the book in it's entirely in one sitting. I recommend this book to anybody, it is a different perspective than what you would normally have, it is encouraging and it gets you thinking about heaven (which is always a good thing). This book was provided by Nelson House Publishers for my review. I was not required to give this book a positive review.
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timetravel More than 1 year ago
This is an easy, quick read with a likeable child who purportedly visited heaven and spoke about what heaven is like. The book is well written and there are some nice black and white photos of the family in the middle of the book. I decided to read this book because it was written by a pastor, and I thought it would be an account that would be an honest and thoughtful story. Unfortunately, in order to believe this story your have to make some choices in what you want to believe. Either Colton visited heaven while still alive or he died on the table and the surgeon, anesthetist, and nurses didn't notice. There was no mention by the doctors in talking with the parents or in medical records that Colton died on the surgical table. Also, there is a time problem. Colton talked about seeing God shoot power down to his dad while preaching. This means either Colton's father was preaching while the child was in surgery (he was not) or there was some time traveling going on. His father explains this away by saying he was in "God's time", which really doesn't make sense. The author's strongest evidence is that the child talks about a deceased family member and a miscarriage his mother suffered, both of which he supposedly had no knowledge. I find it hard to believe that at no time was this child away from the parents and in the care of another family member who could have mentioned these events or even just overheard his parents talking about it. Other events mentioned by Colton sound more like Sunday School 101. I really wanted to like this book because I am a believer, but I think this child's parents are reading way too much into his precocious and creative behavior.
hephzibahLB More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect gift for someone who has suffered the death of a child. I was greatly encouraged and inspired by the story of the struggles that Todd Burpo and his family went through. I could really relate to some of their difficulties. I recently lost my son and years ago I lost another child through miscarriage. I am a believer in Jesus and I already knew that heaven was a real place but this book was almost like getting a letter from my son telling me about his new home. It helped me to move through my grief to acceptance. If you read this book with an open mind you will be filled with hope. Cynics who get caught up in details they don't "agree" with are missing the whole point. God is real, heaven is real and disagreeing with God won't change anything. We will all travel this road someday.
SeekandYouShallFind More than 1 year ago
This is a well written and inspiring book that will give readers hope for what the Bible promises us in heaven. Talks about meeting people from the Bible as well as loves ones in heaven. This would be a great book for anyone who has suffered from a miscarriage also, since it addresses that subject as well. Coming from someone who loves to read good stories, I would highly recommend this book. Not only for it's "story" but for the hope it will instill in your heart as you read.
BooBooKisser More than 1 year ago
I hated to put the book down at night! It made me laugh, made me cry, every emotion possible! The story was inspiring and really made me think about my relationship with God. It showed me that we need to have faith more like children and quit trying to be "too smart" for our own good. Colton's story of meeting Jesus and sitting in his lap and how God shoots powers down to people was fun and very encouraging. He spoke the bible in kid terms and without knowing all the details of the bible. He spoke of God's throne and how "no one wears glasses in Heaven", and how Jesus really loved children. I can't quit raving about this book. I will definitely tell people about this and encourage them to read it. It is a must for anyone who wants to see Heaven through a child's eyes.
Balina More than 1 year ago
hard to put down. it was amazing. One of the best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this started out as a good read in the beginning, it quickly became very unbelievable. I'm not saying it was a bad read, it did have an entertaining value for the most part. Although I must admit, towards the end I pretty much just skimmed the pages. I was disappointed though, it didn't live up to my expectations.
LolaAnn More than 1 year ago
Born and raised in a Baptist preacher's home, I was always taught to be skeptical of anyone's near death experience, so it was with skepticism that I approached this book. I was pleasantly surprised though. I'm the mom of a 4 year old, who like Colton, has been in church her whole life. I know what she knows about the Bible, because for the most part, I'm the one who taught her. The descriptions of Colton are far from what is contained in the preschool Sunday school curriculum. Beyond my own skeptical nature, this book is a wonderful testimony of God's love and faithfulness. It was uplifting to read. It is thought provoking and emotion invoking! As I was curled up in bed reading, my 4 year old came in and curled up next to me and said, "Read to me, Mommy!" So, we laid in bed together reading about Colton's heavenly experiences. She loved the book which got me thinking about her imaginary friend, Inky. Could Inky be an angel or the Holy Spirit? We never know what children are able to understand in the spirit. Check it out for yourself! I would love to hear other people's take on it! I was provided this book for free in exchange for my review through the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze program.
JDWNC More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and it awesome!  A must read for anyone interested in NDE's and the supernatural. As a Christian, this book has changed my life and strengthened my faith. It will definitely give you a lot to consider and you may rethink your attitude on the role and importance of prayer, among other things. Very interesting read!
kellecat More than 1 year ago
Great reading. Read on my new Pandigital in two days. Would have finished in one but downloaded late in the day. Very uplifting. Thanks to the family for sharing their experiences.
Joel_M More than 1 year ago
As cute, comforting, and feel-good as this book might be it is not in agreement with the Bible's descriptions of heaven. Most of Colton's descriptions sound like something any child who had been in Sunday school their whole life (and had a good imagination) could have come up with in response to the "open ended" questions asked by his parents over the next 2-3 years. More worrisome than that, some of his statements appear to directly contradict Scripture. Here are some of the potential discrepancies: - Colton claims that a picture of Jesus with beautiful blue eyes is completely accurate vs. according to the Bible Jesus was an average looking Jewish man (Matthew 1, Isaiah 53:2) - Colton claims that everyone in heaven has wings except for Jesus vs. according to the Bible the Christians' glorified form will be like that of Jesus (I John 3:2, Romans 8:29) - Colton claims the angels carry swords to keep Satan out of heaven vs. according to the Bible until some point midway through the book of Revelation Satan is allowed to appear in heaven to accuse Believers before God (e.g. Job 1-3, Revelation 12:10) - Colton claims that people (including his father) will fight with swords and bows in a great battle at the end of time vs. in Scripture the various end times battles are fought by Michael and his angels (Revelation 12:7-8), Jesus who merely speaks (Revelation 19:21), and fire from heaven (Revelation 20:9) - Colton claims that the gates of heaven are gold studded with pearls vs. the Bible says that each gate is made of a single pearl (Revelation 21:21) Even in general principle, the idea of being caught up to heaven and then reporting on it afterwards is not in line with the Bible. None of the people in the Bible who were raise from the dead gave descriptions of what they saw between their death and resurrection, and in II Corinthians 12:1-5 the man who was "caught up to paradise" was not allowed to tell what he had seen and heard there. John and Daniel both had visions of heaven,but they were receiving explicit revelation which they were commanded to share...not giving a free-wheeling travelogue. Any Christian who believes the Bible is indeed the authoritative Word of God should have serious skepticism regarding this book. Heaven is certainly real, but this book appears to be, at best, sentimental imagination. For those who do not view the Bible as infallible or prefer to credit personal experience over Scripture this might be a nice feel-good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has seriously read the Bible, and understands it, cannot give this load of crap 5 stars. It conflicts with the Bible in many ways. WE DO NOT have wings in Heaven. God does not sit in a really big chair, and Christ does not have blue eyes ! If you want to know about heaven and hell then study the Bible.....rather than reading a made for profit book by a 4 year old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another example of parents abuse of their children. Yes, abuse. The child has to live with the father's book. Sad what parents do and call it love. Greed is the face on this book. Read the true Book. Still a best seller,the Bible
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe in the truth in Christ's word, not a phophetic child as described by profiteering parents. I mark this story as 99.8 % unlikely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who reads this with any sort of logical frame of mind will easily see this is an example of parents blatantly leading their child along. For instance when that dad asks the boy if he saw God's throne and the boy says, "what's a throne?" The dad replies it's a big chair and, of course, the boy says, Yes, I saw a big chair! This then leads into a section of how ecstatic the dad is that his son saw God's throne. Blah, the only ones who will enjoy this are your religious devotees whose thinking falls along the same line as the boy's parents. The rest will be saying, oh, please!
Mother-of-an-Angel More than 1 year ago
Loosing a Child is one thing I hope no one else has to live through. But, when it happens, and it will happen, this book makes the waiting easier. We lost a son in a car wreck and my one thought is--I saw Mick yesterday, I will see him tomorrow. All I have to do is get through today. "Heaven is for Real" makes the waiting easier. I will buy this book for all the grieving parents I know and for all those who face cancer and it's final end. What a light this book has turned on for me. Thank you Todd and Colton
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorly Written I usually refrain from writing bad reviews, but there really needs to be some balance here. This book is excruciatingly awful and clearly exploitative. I am a believer and do not question the validly of NDE, but the way this family has used and directed their son’s experience is painful to read. There are SO many fabulous books that should replace this one on your reading list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Come on people! Just because it seems far fetched, we are onlu human. Just because if Jesus were all the way human he would have blue eyes, he is all powerful. You really think he can not even change his eye color!? Also, this is a child's mind. It can see what adults can not. As we grow older, our minds sometimes stick to only things we know are true. Are we not always told that it is not seeing is believing, but believing is seeing? I know That it seems impossible, But if Jesus wanted, he could make his eyes be a rainbow. Just remember, The holy trinity is all powerful. I know I can not explain all of this in one comment. Just go to the library or ask to borrow one from a relative. Read the bible and all will become clear.
texaspeteID More than 1 year ago
This book isn't even about Colton, it's about his father Todd. Colton's parents ignored his abdominal pain to attend yet another meeting resulting in his needless suffering, they should be ashamed of their neglect and for profitting from this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a testament to the danger of dogma. Todd Burpo gives us a nasty account of how he nearly killed his own son out of negligence and incompitence. If I had any say in the matter he and his wife would never have custody of any children because they are obviously not capable of properly caring for one. Mr. Burpo is not even embarrassed by his failure as a father and has twisted the whole matter into a sermon. The prestige of "new york times best seller" must surely be slipping. This is despicable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never so glad to finish a read! As a work of fiction, this book might be touted as a poor attempt at creating fantasy. But this book is not, according to the author, of the imagination. As a work of nonfiction, it seems contrived. As though the writers were trying too hard to sound convincing (which in my opinion, they did not even come close). Save your money on this one.
Timothy Janz More than 1 year ago
One mans story of how he indoctrinated his son