Monday, October 24, 2011


Story Description: 

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 begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear. 

Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us. 

Told by the father, but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.  

My Review: 

A lovely and endearing story about four-year-old Colton Burpo who underwent emergency, life-saving surgery and miraculously slipped from his body and went to Heaven where he met Jesus.  Describing heaven as only a four-year-old who has been there can, is truly astounding.  He meets the sister he never knew he had and brought his parents comfort upon learning that it was a “girl” they had miscarried a couple of years before and never named her.  For his Gramma, always wondering whether her deceased husband had ever made it to heaven, brought great relief to her ongoing worry.   

It was a page-turner that I couldn’t put down and ended up reading it in one sitting.   This story just might win some non-believers over to the believer side.  I’d definitely read this one again just for the beautiful descriptions of heaven told by Colton to his family. 


  1. This is the extremely moving story of a little boy who went to Heaven for a short time during surgery. The descriptions of what he saw during his journey are vivid.
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