Heaven Is For Real relates the experiences of the Burpo family as four-year old Colton mentions his experiences of heaven in the occasional family conversation. Colton’s dad, who compiled the book, shares his own initial skepticism of his son’s experiences, checking them against the bible and trying to catch him out with trick questions. Heaven Is For Real is wonderfully well-written and the sheer child-like simplicity in which Colton shares his visions is a delight. Heaven Is For Real also includes Colton’s vision of the coming battle and our part in it.
From back cover:
“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 his 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 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.”