Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

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18 Critic Reviews

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

Synopsis

“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: 18 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 3

Examiner

Excellent
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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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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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

Good
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

Excellent
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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Reading for Sanity

Good
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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LibrisNotes

Good
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

Good
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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Good
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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A Reason To Read

Below average
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

Below average
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

Good
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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