Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Book Review - Heaven is for Real

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Last month I read "Heaven is for Real: A little boy’s astounding story of his trip to Heaven and back" by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent.

Dawn's Recommendation: 5 out of 5 Stars

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. (from Amazon)

What I liked:

The story is amazing! It gives a glimpse of heaven from a child’s experience and it offers hope for all who read it. As Colton told his story to his dad, Todd Burpo, Todd compared everything he said to what Todd knew of heaven from the Bible. Everything fit. The book shares the backing from the Bible to Colton's story, lending credibility.

The book shares Colton's account of:
*meeting family in heaven

*what people look like and dress like in heaven
*what you do in heaven
*what happens to babies who die in miscarriage
*what's going to happen in the future
*how Jesus reacts to children
*how Jesus reacts when we follow his will
*God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit

"Heaven is for Real" is a very short read and I read it in two days. Can’t stop thinking about heaven now! 

What I didn’t like: The story lacks a little polish and it skips around some, but the content more than makes up for that!


  1. I read this delightful book and it thrilled me. It was too short. I wanted to hear more!

    1. It was a quick read! I wanted to keep reading too!


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