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Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

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“A beautifully written glimpse into heaven that will encourage those who doubt and thrill those who believe.”

—Ron Hall, coauthor of Same Kind of Different as Me

“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 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.

Customer Reviews

Skip it, it isn't 'for real'

I was excited to read this. It became clear to me early in the book however, that the child was regurgitating Sunday school images, and the father just filled in the blanks. Exploitation? Maybe. As a Christian what is most unsettling are the droves of people reading this book and believing these images as truths, despite the contradiction it has with biblical text. The writing is spotty at best, and it is in the end the equivalent of those feel good propaganda email forwards your aunt sends you on a regular basis. Very disappointing.


Everything about this story strains credulity.

One of the worst books ever

Truly, if I could give this zero stars I would. This was so unbelievably fake, and I cannot believe the amount of people that are buying into it and believing it to be more real than Scripture. If you are looking for fiction entertainment, I might give it something for that. But it isn't real, and isn't Biblical sound at all, ask big theologians like Hank ahannegraff. This is a bunch of bunk.

Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Christianity
  • Published: Oct 31, 2011
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 192 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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