Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

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 When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren'...

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Title:Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Author:Todd Burpo
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:162 pages pages

Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back Reviews

  • Lori
    Mar 28, 2011
    Why did I read this book? I don't know. I saw the family on the Today Show, and they seemed honest and earnest and pretty normal. When something extraordinary happens to regular people, I tend to be more open to believe it. So if this little boy was claiming he visited heaven, I was cu...
  • Tina
    Jun 26, 2011
    First of all, this is a book I would never in a million years pick up on my own. I read it b/c one of my students brought it to me and told me how much he loved it, and that he wanted to lend it to me so I could read it. So, yeah: I read this b/c I care about my students and the things...
  • Jonathan
    Mar 24, 2011
    I don't doubt for a minute that this kid believes what he is saying. After all, he was 4 when it happened. Aside from heaven being real, I'm guessing he believes many other things are real too: Elmo, Mickey Mouse, and unicorns. What I can't fathom is that his parents would be gullible ...
  • Deborah Markus
    May 21, 2014
    True story #1: My husband?s former boss once told him she has evidence for a past life: she spoke Welsh (a language she is completely unfamiliar with) in her sleep. My husband asked the obvious question: ?How do you know you spoke Welsh in your sleep?? She had a friend spen...
  • Jeni
    Aug 23, 2011
    This book made you think. I feel like it is a feel-good story, and most everything this boy saw went along with what i believe heaven will be. I thought the writing in the beginning was well crafted and the ending wavered a bit, but overall it is a fast, captivating read. It is worth y...
  • Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius*
    Jan 22, 2011
    Oh Boy. I am reluctant to review this since I have friends who loved this book, and my mother recommended it. But this book bugged me so much I just have to have my say. This is a book about a three year old boy, Colton, who comes close to death (never pronounced clinically dead,...
  • Amanda
    Aug 08, 2011
    So I'll preface this by saying the following: 1.) I would have never read this of my own accord. I read it only for book club. 2.) I was skeptical going in. 3.) Though I'm a born-and-raised Catholic, I would classify myself as an agnostic, at best. 4.) I'll also admit I skimmed hug...
  • Ron
    May 30, 2011
    One sub-genre of Christian literature reports dead-and-back experiences. Because I criticized some as self-serving and frankly false, I receive others for my enlightenment or critique. Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back is distinctly ...
  • Kristen
    May 11, 2011
    Dear America, This is why people think we're stupid. Knock it off. Thanks, Kristen ...
  • Joy
    Feb 07, 2012
    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 begi...
  • Natasha
    Apr 12, 2011
    I am already on the 11th chapter - I am just get chills when I read this book. Last night, I spent time reading comments from Goodreads. I was shocked of all the one stars and negative comments. These are the topics that kept coming up. I just have to vent about it... 1.)WHY DID...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Mar 22, 2014
    I'm not putting this on any shelf other than "read". I'm not going to take a stand on any other heading. The first part of this book was hard for me to read, I suppose it will be for most parents. Knowing we're closing in on an account of either the near death or temporary death of ...
  • Katie
    Jan 25, 2012
    I love the very last line of the epilogue of this book: "Colton, what do you want people to know from your story?" (Colton says): " I want them to know that Heaven is for real." And that's the journey this book took me on. Helping me get a tiny a picture of what Heaven is going...
  • Dawn
    Mar 09, 2012
    I'm not sure how I feel about this book. When I lost my son last year, I got a lot of the "he's in heaven now, and you'll be with him again some day" comments. And I wanted to believe, I really did.. But I've always had a problem with faith. It would be so much easier for me to accept ...
  • Stephanie
    Nov 01, 2011
    Heaven may be for real, but the Burpos certainly aren't. I know it sounds hypocritical for a Christian to be skeptical, but I think in a few years the Burpo family is going to come out and say the whole thing was an elaborate metaphor and they're shocked anyone would take it literal...
  • Benjamin R
    May 16, 2011
    My Mom has been reading us this story at nightime. We usually read 2-4 chapters. The book is about a little boy named Colton. At the beginning, he dosen't want to hold Rosie, a big Spider at the Petting Zoo. Later, he can't stop throwing up. He has to go through surgery because he had ...
  • Carol
    May 04, 2011
    This book was a very quick read, due to the fact that I didn't want to stop reading it. Todd Burpo did an excellent job in describing the events that led to his son's discovery of Heaven. If you have children, you can appreciate his depiction of the events and mannerisms of his childre...
  • readergirl
    Nov 30, 2011
    My best friend in the world is battling stage 4 cancer. She wanted me to read it so of course I did. After finishing it I just can't review this book. Who am I to know if this Colton experienced "heaven" or not? I am no one to judge how well a miracle is written. It will forever be a m...
  • Aaron Carlberg
    Oct 11, 2011
    For a while now people have been asking me to read and comment on the book Heaven is for Real written by Todd Burpo. Todd Burpo writes the book as an account of the experiences of his four-year-old son, Colten. For some reason, because I am a pastor, people think I am going to love thi...
  • Katie
    Jul 02, 2011
    **SPOILERS BELOW** This review may seem a bit negative, but I really didn't think that this book was bad... I just thought it was a little too "stretched" for my liking. I 100% believe that it is possible for this little boy to have gone to heaven & seen Jesus Christ & seen...
  • Jdaniels
    Jul 11, 2011
    This is probably the most neutral review I've ever written. Why write one then? Because there are some things I have to say about this book. Before I begin, let me say I am coming from a conservative Christian background - I believe that what the Bible says is true. And the Bible sa...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    May 27, 2015
    I know, I know, don't raise your eyebrows... I felt I just had to read this book. I felt it could not possibly be as ridiculous as it seemed from many reviews. Well... ?Colton, you said that angels sang to you while you were at the hospital?? He nodded his head vigorously....
  • Jakob J.
    Feb 08, 2012
    Update 4/14/2014 (initial review remains unchanged) Now seems like as good a time as any for an update on this relevance-clutching intelligence insulter, seeing as how the cinematic adaptation (with all the cliches and sentimentality of a Lifetime movie and all the subtlety and critic...
  • Ross Blocher
    Oct 12, 2015
    While doing some research on NDEs (near death experiences) at the local library, I noticed the shelf held five copies of "Heaven is for Real" - the story of a boy who went to heaven and came back. (This not to be confused with "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven", which has now been pul...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Aug 15, 2012
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 0 Stars It?s rare that I go back and review a book that I read in my past life (see what I did there?) as a non-book-reviewer. That being said, with movie promos bombarding my television (and Goodreads feed) night an...
  • Grace Best-Page
    Feb 03, 2013
    While I don't doubt this boy's sincerity or the facts of his illness and his remembrance of what he experienced, surely there is more to God's realm than this. I find his God too small, but perhaps God tailored the boy's heaven experience specifically to him. We'll know when we get the...
  • Sean
    Feb 24, 2013
    DISAPPOINTED!! I remained open all the way to the end hoping somehow that I would be blown away by some philosophical rant about how all people could hope to experience "heaven". I'm wondering if there was something I missed? I walked away from this book somewhat indignant at the idea ...
  • Natalie Vellacott
    Jan 29, 2017
    I skim-read this some time ago and just glanced over it again to remind myself of some of the details. I cannot believe this book continues to sell millions of copies or that there has been a sequel and now a movie! The book itself is poorly written and tells the story of all of the mu...
  • Nicay Magnate
    Dec 13, 2015
    ?A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.? I read this book last 2014, and I forgot to include it in my read list. As I deleting files in my phone, I saw the screenshots of pages that I love and pictures of the real face of Jesus in my phone. ...
  • Miranda Reads
    Mar 28, 2018
    As a true memoir - astounding. As a novel - an okay read. As an audiobook - kill it with fire There's two ways to go about this review. Either 1) discuss the theological impact and connotations or 2) discuss the quality of the novel. I will be going about route 2 - theref...