Heaven is for Real

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Published by: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: October 31, 2010
Pages: 163
ISBN13: 978-0849946158


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


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 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 will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child.


“Compelling and convincing…It’s a book you should read.”
—Don Piper, author (with Cecil Murphy) of 90 Minutes in Heaven 

“I have scientifically studied over 1,600 near-death experiences (NDEs) and found that typical NDEs may occur in very young children and while under anesthesia. Even after studying so many NDEs, I found Colton’s experience to be dramatic, exceptional, and an inspiration to Christians everywhere.”
—Jefffrey Long, MD, Author, Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences