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Heaven Is for Real

A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Burpo, Todd (eBook - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Heaven Is for Real


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Presents the story of the four-year old son of a Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven.
Authors: Burpo, Todd
Title: Heaven is for real
a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back
[electronic resource]
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. :, Thomas Nelson,, c2010.
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Notes: eBook.
Contents: The crawl-a-see-um
Pastor Job
Colton toughs it out
Smoke signals
Shadow of death
North Platte
"I think this is it"
Raging at God
Minutes like glaciers
Prayers of a most unusual kind
Colton Burpo, collection agent
Eyewitness to heaven
LIghts and wings
On heaven time
Confession
Pop
Two sisters
The throne room of God
Jesus really loves the children
Dying and living
The first person you'll see
No one is old in heaven
Power from above
Ali's moment
Swords of the angels
The coming war
Someday we'll see.
Summary: Presents the story of the four-year old son of a Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven.
Local Note: 23
Additional Contributors: Vincent, Lynn
Alternate Title: Heaven is for real (eBook)
ISBN: 9780849949203
0849949203
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Report This Mar 29, 2014
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Pastor Todd Burpo relates this story of his young son, Colton, who had an out-of-body experience and apparently visited heaven during surgery for a burst appendix. It isn't until much later, when Colton has recovered and is home that these revelations come out. Colton describes seeing his parents in different parts of the hospital while he was on the table, giving details he shouldn't have known. Additionally, he describes his grandfather, "Pop," and comments on his "other" sister; this other sister had been miscarried, and the parents had not spoken of her to Colton. Colton's wide-eyed, matter-of-fact descriptions are part of the strength of the book. The tension of his illness and time in hospital also carry the narrative and give it a compelling edge. The problems arise (for me) in that his descriptions of heaven are so conventional. Colton's father continually expresses amazement that Colton's vision falls completely into line with "scripture." Granted, a three year old is unlikely to have read the book of Revelations, but it is equally true that growing up in a fundamentalist environment, the child would have absorbed far more nuanced detail than Pastor Todd is willing to credit. The people of heaven, for example, have wings, and dress in clothes that could come out of any Sunday school illustration - toga-like sashes and so on. I don't doubt that this child had some kind of extraordinary experience, but teasing details from a child that young - and doing so over a year and a half - is bound to result in some inventive responses designed to please the questioner.

Report This Jan 27, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This a short book with a big idea. This little boy had surgery and in his words "died for a little bit" and came back. He has details and knowledge of things that he should know nothing about and can only be explained by what he says - he went to heaven, spoke with Jesus and met people (family) that have passed before him. When i first started reading this I was highly skeptical and as you read so are the parents a little when they first hear about it. But as the book continues you see that he is not lying, he is not making it up and he truly did have an experience many of us could only hope for/dream about. This book is an eye-opener to all. I am glad I read it and it makes me thinking more about heaven and what can come in the after life. It leaves me with a warm feeling and goosebumps.

Report This Nov 18, 2013
  • Jessica_Mansfield rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book. I recommend to anyone and everyone. Reiterates my childlike faith for sure!

Report This Nov 03, 2013
  • handrick4 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sweet book. I enjoyed it. Easy read.

An easy read, Heaven is for Real was interesting and encouraging. The very fact that five-year-olds are not normally as articulate or descriptive as this one lends credence to the point that he must have been to heaven. In my experience as the oldest sibling of five kids, children don't describe things accurately or profusely unelss they know it very well. It gives skeptics something to chew on, at the least, and it gives believers a renewed hope and conviction about the truth of heaven. Ell_1, it is sheer arrogance to assume that we are good enough to be in a holy, perfect God's prescence for forever. Only those who have Jesus' blood covering them β€” something He does, not we β€” can go to heaven. It's all grace, which is actually a very humble point of view.

Report This Jan 17, 2013
  • angelflyer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read parts of this out loud to my son on a long drive. Even a skeptic found it fascinating and revealing. Well worth a look!

Report This Sep 17, 2012
  • larrydu822 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. Reading it brought interesting insights into the the truth of heaven. I recommend it to those who have lost loved ones and are looking for assurance and encouragement . Heaven is indeed for real!

Report This Jun 27, 2012
  • HopeButterfly rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful and refreshing book. Humdrum in some spots BUT the over all subject cuts to the quick. Believe, Believe....He shall set you Free!!!

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Report This Apr 10, 2014
  • mkastar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

mkastar thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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  • angelflyer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

angelflyer thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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Report This Apr 10, 2014
  • mkastar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: This will change your life! An amazing and perspective-changing story!

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Report This Apr 10, 2014
  • mkastar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

β€œAli sat on the bed beside Colton, as she put it, "in shock." This situation definitely wasn't on the normal "in case of emergency" babysitting list, as in: (1) who to call in case of fire; (2) who to call in case of illness; (3) who to call in case child reports supernatural experience.”

Report This Apr 10, 2014
  • mkastar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Yeah, I know, Dad. Jesus told me I had to be nice."

Report This Apr 10, 2014
  • mkastar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Dad, Jesus used Dr. O'Holleran to help fix me."

Report This Apr 10, 2014
  • mkastar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brad Dillan called me on my cell to tell me what was going on. "What, specifically, can we pray for?" he asked. Feeling a little odd about it, I told him what Dr. O'Holleran had said would be a good sign for Colton. So that night might be the only time in recorded history that eighty people gathered and prayed for someone to pass gas!

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