“Heaven is For Real” by Todd Burpo


“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”   Matthew 18:3

This verse is the scripture that opens up the book and defines the book.   We have all at one point wondered and/or been fascinated about heaven: Is it real?  What is it like?   “Heaven is For Real” gives us a child’s glimpse into the place that we all dream about, pray about and hope to go to someday.

Colton Burpo: an ordinary boy with an extraordinary story.

The book starts out as the family is heading off to visit the uncle of Colton in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The family has not taken a vacation since Colton’s incident in Colorado a few months prior, so they start out somewhat leery of what lies ahead.   As they stop at the fast food restaurant, Arby’s, for some dinner to go, the parents and children are bantering back and forth about the last time, when Colton went to the hospital.  His mother asks “Do you remember the hospital, Colton?”  Colton, much to the shock of his parents, replies, “Yes, Mommy, I remember.  That’s where the angels sang to me.” His parents continue to prod him more and more for details, such as sitting on Jesus’s lap and, meeting his baby sister and grandfather he never met on earth, and Colton replies in way that implies “Well, of course!”

“Heaven is for Real” is, in a way, God’s love story to us.  I strongly believe that he can use ANYBODY to convey His truth and love, and Colton is no exception.

“Heaven is for Real” IS real and it gives me, a Christian, a beautiful glimpse as to what is ahead, through the eyes of a very lovable little boy.


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