Heaven is for Real: A Little Boys Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent


Heaven is for RealReviewed by Teri Davis

Who really knows about heaven? Most of us have read the Bible version of heaven, but still question its reality. How do we know if it really exists?

Rev. Todd Burpo always believed in heaven which is to be expected for a minister. However, what he didn’t plan was having his four-year-old son explain the reality of heaven to him.

Colton Burpo seemed to have the flu along with his older sister. When the sister improved and Colton didn’t, Todd, and his wife, Sonja, prayed and fortunately took their son to another medical facility to discover that his son’s appendix had burst. During this frustrating time, the family began to question their faith.

Colton was finally able to return home, healthy. What was shocking was when Colton started to describe heaven and events that he could not have possibly known about such as the miscarriage of a baby before he was even born.

Todd Burpo, Colton’s father, works full-time as an operator of a garage door company, an Episcopalian pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan in Imperial, Nebraska, a wrestling coach, and a volunteer fireman. Lynn Vincent has written Same Kind of Different as Me, Going Rogue: An American Life, and has been the co-author of nine books.

Heaven is for Real is for all of us who occasionally question our faith. It is written in a casual style that makes you feel a part of the Burpo family. The story is well-written and concise even though it moves quickly. Personally, I am keeping this book close to me for those times that I need a little reassurance of
God’s love.

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