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Heaven Is For Real

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

by Todd Burpo, Sonia Burpo, Colton Burpo, Lynn Vincent

Average rating of4.8from (5)reviews

Over 5,000,000 copies sold - read the incredible true story of 3 year old Colton Burpo, the little boy who visited heaven

  • Love biographies of extraordinary lives?

  • This account of one-boy's near-death experience is now a hit movie

  • You'll discover a story like no other, and a new way of seeing what comes after life

  • Authors

    Todd Burpo +2

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  • Publisher

    Thomas Nelson

  • Published

    October 2010

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Heaven Is For Real

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The book that took the bestseller charts by storm, 'Heaven Is For Real' brings you the true story of how one little boy described his trip to Heaven - and back giving an account of life after death that's astounding Christian and non-Christian readers alike. The now iconic little yellow paperback takes on the journey that started when 3 year old Colton Burpo’s 2003 family holiday ended in the child's near death experience.

The story gives you firsthand accounts of the heartache of Colton’s father, Wesleyan Pastor Todd Burpo and his wife Sonja as they prayed for a miracle while surgeons battled to save the three year-old’s life. When the little family left hospital 17 days later, they had no idea of the miracle that had taken place, or of the astounding story their son was about to reveal.

The Story That Spread Like Wild Fire:

As Colton told his story, the Burpo family didn't know what to believe. He talked about a journey - though he's never left the hospital. He talked about meeting his miscarried sister and shared impossible-to-know details about the great grandfather who'd died 30 years before Colton was born. Astonished and perplexed, his parents realised that these couldn’t just be tales from a sick child’s vivid imagination. The only explanation: their son had been to Heaven!

Narrated by Todd, but often told in Colton's own childlike words, the disarmingly simple message of this book is that heaven is a real place, that Jesus really does care for children, and that we should all be ready for a final battle that is coming soon.

'Heaven is For Real' is a book that has engages with believers and non-believers. It is a very human story of a family's pain, suffering, loss and miraculous restoration. Above and beyond 'normal' life its book that will have you asking questions and wanting to know more about what comes next and our ultimate destination.

The book has already featured in both 'The Daily Mail' and 'Daily Express' newspapers, has topped the US New York Times Bestsellers list for an unprecedented 56 weeks for a book of this content, and is well on its way to becoming a bestseller around the world. The popularity and the buzz around 'Heaven Is For Real' shows no signs of diminishing with further specialised editions.

But it's the original book, co-authored by the experienced bestseller in her own right, Lynn Vincent, that's the key to whole astounding story. The questions and the answers - at least the answers from a 4 year old with first hand experience, and presented by a pastor father in tune with what the Scriptures say on the matter, are absorbingly presented in 'Heaven Is For Real'.

Prologue: Angels at Arby’s
1. The Crawl-A-See-Um
2. Pastor Job
3. Colton Toughs It Out
4. Smoke Signals
5. Shadow of Death
6. North Platte
7. “I Think This Is It”
8. Raging at God
9. Minutes Like Glaciers
10. Prayers of a Most Unusual Kind
11. Colton Burpo, Collection Agent
12. Eyewitness to Heaven
13. Lights and Wings
14. On Heaven Time
15. Confession
16. Pop
17. Two Sisters
18. The Throne Room of God
19. Jesus Really Loves the Children
20. Dying and Living
21. The First Person You’ll See
22. No One Is Old in Heaven
23. Power from Above
24. Ali’ Moment
25. Swords of the Angels
26. The Coming War
27. Someday We’ll See
- Epilogue
- Timeline of Events
- Notes
- About the Burpos
- About Lynn Vincent

INTERVIEWER: “Well, the story of a little boy 's near-death experience and what he described as a trip to heaven quickly turned into a best-selling book. "Heaven Is For Real" has spent the past 52 weeks on the New York Times best sellers list, including 44 weeks at number one. And now the family who brought it to us has brought out a children's version called “Heaven Is For Real For Kids”. And Todd, Sonja and Colton Burpo are with us this morning. Good morning to all of you, it's good to see you again.

ALL: Good morning.

INTERVIEWER: Let's recap for those who aren't familiar with the book. When Colton was 4 years old he had a burst appendix, had several surgeries. Having come through that, he started telling you guys about having seen Heaven. What did he say, Todd?

TODD: I think his stories have been incredible. He can see us where we were in the hospital while he was in surgery, so that first grabbed our attention because those facts, we didn't know how he knew them. Then he goes on to talk about a sister he met in Heaven, my grandfather, and of course he tells us what God looks like. The only painting of Jesus that he's ever said is right, the information he shares is pretty incredible.

SONJA: Colton seemed to know things you had never told him. After all, he was only 4 years old.

TODD: He told us about our miscarried daughter and about a great grandfather he had never met and various other things.

INTERVIEWER: Colton, it's been eight years now, it's a long time for anybody. do you still have those vivid memories of heaven?

COLTON: Yes, I do.

INTERVIEWER: And what stands out most in your mind? What can you really still see?

COLTON: Well, the things I remember most are my family members and Jesus.

INTERVIEWER: Do you worry at all that those memories will get fuzzier and fuzzier over time? That happens to everybody.

COLTON: No. I think those memories are implanted.

INTERVIEWER: Let's address the scepticism, because I know you're familiar with it. I guess it has two parts. on the one hand some people are just - they want to believe this, who wouldn't want to believe it, but they wonder could it really be true that someone so young could actually see Heaven and live to tell about it.

TODD: Well, we questioned our son as first. I think, as parents, everyone can tell when their 4 year old is telling the truth. When they're telling you things they cannot make up. We're close enough to verify the story. For people that are farther away, we understand that. But we also see all the people that are finding peace and hope and comfort from Colton's story. So for those people that might even be against the story, we just look past them and see all the people that are getting peace and hope. It’s incredible to have ideas. What do my loved ones look like, how am I going to meet them, what is it going to be like. And for them to hear that and have peace, that's what we focus on.

INTERVIEWER: It's an amazing perspective to start thinking in those terms and I think the other criticism would be, ‘well, you wrote a book about it, now you've got a kids book and I hear a movie might be in the works’. So for those saying, ‘is this all about getting a profit’, what would your response be, Sonja ?

SONJA: It's not about that. We're just going to share the story, God blessed the story and a lot of people have found different parts in it; that felt their hearts and are touched by it. Our intention was to just write and help a few people and it just kind of exploded. The kids’ book, we're super-thrilled about.

INTERVIEWER: Colton, I know people that are your age can read it. Are you pretty excited about that, about sharing your story?

COLTON: Actually the [kids’] book isn't for my age [12]. I’d say the adult version is more their age. But for kids 4 through 8, it [kids’ book] is a 32-page picture book. So it works for them pretty good because the wording is easy; pictures describe the story.

INTERVIEWER: Well, it 's wonderful to have you here. Have you thought about who might play you in the movie?

COLTON: I have no clue. I think those two [his parents] already have a few people [in mind] but I don't.

INTERVIEWER: All right. Well, you'll have to pick somebody pretty good to play you. Thank you so much. It’s great to have you. Once again the book is “Heaven is for Real For Kids."

Based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book,The Heaven is for Real Movie recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Starring Academy Award


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.


  • Authors

    Todd Burpo +2

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    Thomas Nelson

  • Published

    October 2010

  • Illustrator

    James W Hall Graphic Arts

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  • Dimensions

    127 x 203 x 16 mm

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  • ISBN: 9780849946158

  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson

  • Release Date: October 2010

  • Weight: 196g

  • Dimensions: 127 x 203 x 16 mm

  • Eden Code: 3496373


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