Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

77%

38 Critic Reviews

Readers range from belief to disbelief; however, young Colton Burpo seems to have developed a gift from his Heavenly experiences returning with an ability to quell fears of others regarding loved ones who have passed over and other life events. This is a wonderful book...
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“A beautifully written glimpse into heaven that will encourage those who doubt and thrill those who believe.”

—Ron Hall, coauthor of Same Kind of Different as Me

“Do you remember the hospital, Colton?” Sonja said. “Yes, mommy, I remember,” he said. “That’s where the angels sang to me.”

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

 

About Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

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Todd Burpo is pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan, a volunteer fireman, and he works with a garage door company. He and his wife, Sonja, have four children: Colton is an active 13-year-old; he has an older sister, Cassie; a younger brother, Colby; and a very special sister he met in heaven, yet to be named. Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer of Heaven Is for Real and Same Kind of Different As Me. The author or coauthor of ten books, Lynn has sold 12 million copies since 2006. She worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD magazine and is a U.S. Navy veteran.
 
Published November 2, 2010 by Thomas Nelson. 206 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Non-fiction
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All: 38 | Positive: 31 | Negative: 7

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Above average
Reviewed by Donna Quesinberry on Mar 26 2014

Readers range from belief to disbelief; however, young Colton Burpo seems to have developed a gift from his Heavenly experiences returning with an ability to quell fears of others regarding loved ones who have passed over and other life events. This is a wonderful book...

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Kristin Wilson on Mar 20 2012

Heaven is for Real is a book that I read in one sitting, but will stay with me for a long time.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Michelle Howe on Nov 02 2010

Colton’s message is confounding to some and comforting to others. . .everyone will agree that this little boy wants everyone to know that “Heaven is for Real!”

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Bestsellersworld

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Reviewed by Nancy Eaton on Apr 13 2011

Heaven is for Real is an inspiring, heart-warming story. This is a quick and interesting book to read. Whether you believe this story or not, it will surely turn out to be one of the most thought provoking stories you have ever read.

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Bestsellersworld

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Reviewed by Teri Davis on Apr 03 2011

Heaven is for Real is for all of us who occasionally question our faith. It is written in a casual style that makes you feel a part of the Burpo family.

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The Gospel Coalition

Below average
Reviewed by Rob Moll on Apr 01 2012

Bestselling stories, like Colton's, are so comforting because they are also so familiar. And that is exactly what makes their popularity so troubling.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Good
Reviewed by Joanne Thibault on Jun 04 2011

Thanks to Colton's simple narrative, young people can easily grasp and join the conversation about the important parallels to Scripture found in his experience.

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Kansas City Public Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Sukalaya Kenworthy on May 02 2012

This bright yellow paperback will brighten your day and inspire you.

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Moore Musings

Excellent
Reviewed by Rebecca on Apr 10 2012

It’s a slight, airy book, just wafting through your consciousness and not disturbing much of anything, unless you spend some time thinking about it.

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Christian Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Haydee Ilagan on Mar 30 2011

It is beautifully presented and interspersed with event flashbacks veering away from the trite chronological book narratives.

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Blue Ribbon News

Excellent
Reviewed by Patti Richter

My own motivation came from Lynn Vincent’s name on the cover. Her previously well-crafted Same Kind of Different as Me had been a page-turner, and I was hoping for another one. She came through.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by lin22wally22 on Mar 20 2014

This book had a huge effect on me. Just to show how big it was, I read this book in one night. I’m the type of person who can’t read a 200 page book within a year. I couldn’t put this book down it was so inspiring.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Lisa P. Kirkpatrick on Mar 26 2014

This is a good book that leaves you wanting to know more. If you like reading about the supernatural, whether you are a Christian or not, I think most people would enjoy reading it because there is no logical explanation for the things Colton seems to know.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Kevin Probst on Dec 08 2011

I think the unexplained mysteries of Colton's experience would be an extremely interesting read for anyone with a curiosity for the supernatural or the hereafter.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Love on Sep 08 2011

Heaven is for Real will change your perspective on things, especially knowing that your life can be gone tomorrow...Colton's father takes everything that his son said, and quotes a Bible verse to back it up. His parents finally realized that their son had a real experience with heaven. This is a must read book.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Mary Carol Herwood on Aug 16 2011

You will have a renewed interest in death, dying and heaven.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by tracey westphal on May 16 2011

This short book, and its ghostwriter, remind me that everybody has a story. Even if you are a child, you have a story. Each story is as individual as a fingerprint, even if you've never had a heavenly experience.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Randy Duckworth on Apr 11 2011

Like many adults, I was a little skeptical when I picked up this book, but take it from me...after finishing this incredible story, you will believe devoutly in its truth!

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Savannah H. on May 31 2014

Heaven is for Real is a great book for a new christens it gives you a little more information about Heaven. And good examples of a great christen family that you can learn from. So remember keep the faith for God because Heaven is for Real.

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EzineArticles

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Reviewed by Rick Fess on Jul 02 2011

I don't profess to have ever met anyone personally who has been to heaven and back, however there seem to be quite a few books being written about the experience. Whether or not Colton Burpo's experience was real or not is probably known only for certain to him...

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Quick Book Reviews

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on Mar 15 2012

While story is told by the father, most of the accounts are transcribed using Colton’s exact words and the message he wishes to send is very simple...

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Book Journey

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Reviewed by Sheila on Jul 27 2011

It is a book that will make you think. Colton’s story is an amazing one, and one I will not soon forget.

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Reviews From The Heart

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Reviewed by Heart2Heart on Apr 28 2014

This is such an exceptional story that everyone should read regardless of your beliefs, because it's about something extraordinary happening to an ordinary family that forever changed not only them, but those around them...

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Reading In Winter

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Reviewed by Kristilyn on Oct 30 2012

Heaven Is For Real is an inspiration for believers and non-believers alike. It will open your eyes and really make you think about what might really be out there after we die. And if you’re a little bit afraid of the whole “death” part of it–and you’re not alone–young Colten will provide comfort to you...

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Reading for Sanity

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Reviewed by Mindy on Oct 13 2011

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, felt uplifted when I finished it, and appreciated the message about faith, family, and the existence of a loving Father in Heaven.

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Laura's Reviews

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Reviewed by LAURA'S REVIEWS on Dec 12 2012

I enjoyed the book and read it quickly. It made me cry when Colton was so sick. Having a four-year old son of my own, I can’t imagine such a situation. I enjoyed reading about Colton’s trip to heaven and it was very inspirational

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LibrisNotes

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Jun 13 2011

. . .a fascinating read and a short one sure to strengthen the faith of most Christians in a post-modern world.

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Compass Book Ratings

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Reviewed by Ambra on Mar 21 2012

The writing in Heaven is for Real is nothing fancy, but the essence of this book is not about the elegance of the writing, it's about the message of hope and love.

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A Novel Menagerie

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Reviewed by Sheri on Dec 31 2011

It doesn’t provide a complete validation that there is, in fact, truly a heaven. However, the book makes a strong case for believing in it.

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Book Him Danno

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Reviewed by Lisa Peters on Oct 23 2011

I do not agree with all the theology presented in the book, but don’t let that keep you from reading about this little boy’s experience.

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Culture Watch

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Reviewed by Bill Muehlenberg on Sep 07 2011

...I recommend this book. It certainly is not a work on apologetics...But it will remind all Christians that this world isn’t our real home, and it will hopefully provoke some non-believers to reconsider their closed reductionist worldview.

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True Media Solutions

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Reviewed by Steve on Apr 24 2011

It is very well done and worth the read; however, each reader needs to decide if this story is a true account. As for me … I feel this story faithfully describes Heaven through the eyes of a four year old.

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Reviewed by Roberto Mattos on Nov 10 2010

His style is light and enjoyable and keep us captive till the last page of his book.

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Books and Such

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Reviewed by Donna Safford on Nov 03 2010

This wonderful story gave me goosebumps as I read it...I recommend this book to people who love inspirational tales and will be giving it as gifts.

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A Reason To Read

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Reviewed by Ellen on Sep 21 2011

... it is a simplistic story that is easy enough to read. I think it has more entertainment value than spiritual awakening potential. The story could have been better if we heard more from Colton’s mom. As a mother, I would have liked to have heard the mother’s voice in the telling of the story.

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Sonder Books Stand Out

Excellent
Reviewed by Sondra Eklund on Jun 12 2011

I gobbled up this book in one afternoon. It's not long, and the story it tells is truly amazing...Read this book to be encouraged and inspired.

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The Berean Library

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Reviewed by Karla Tadler on Mar 01 2011

As always, the problems with these stories is that they undermine the sufficiency and supremacy of Scripture while also being contrary to Scripture.

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The Cypress Times

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Reviewed by Gail Welborn on Feb 11 2011

This inspirational, faith-based story is co-written with Lynn Vincent in the simple words of a child.

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