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Near-Death Experience Led to Heaven's Door
Winnipeg Free Press ^ | 6/4/11 | Joanne Thibault

Posted on 06/04/2011 11:00:11 AM PDT by marshmallow

Heaven Is for Real

A Little Boy's Astounding Story

of His Trip to Heaven and Back

By Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Thomas Nelson, 163 pages, $17

WHILE on a family road trip in 2003, a small-town Nebraska boy just shy of four years old survived a brush with death made all the more maddening by how preventable it was.

A simple case of appendicitis took a malevolent turn when medical miscalls, parental errors in judgment and the vagaries of winter travel conditions lead to Colton Burpo suffering a rupture and rampant infection.

Heaven Is for Real, by Colton's father, Todd, a Baptist preacher, with the help of Sarah Palin's ghostwriter Lynn Vincent, could easily have been devoted to examining how such a near tragedy occurred.

But instead, Colton, once restored to health, energy and normal precociousness, offers up a far more irresistible storyline.

In conversation, Colton starts to drop the names of some remarkable religious figures, saying that he had met them in heaven during the moments he was nearest to taking his last breath.

Todd, a pastor at a Nebraska Wesleyan church, wonders about his son's otherworldly comments that pop up in the midst of otherwise normal little-boy chatter.

Being careful not to seed and feed Colton's account, Todd coolly inquires, "Remember when we were in the car and you talked about sitting on Jesus's lap ... well, did anything else happen?"

Immediately rising to the open-ended bait, Colton goes on to describe meeting Jesus's cousin, John the Baptist, and petting Jesus's multicoloured horse. Todd, knowing that Colton could not possibly have had prior knowledge of the experiences and people he describes, interprets the situation as a calling.

"We'd been given a gift and our job now was to unwrap it, slowly, carefully, and see what was....

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Todd is even able to report to Catholic friends that Colton "saw Mary kneeling before the throne of God and at other times standing beside Jesus."

:-)

1 posted on 06/04/2011 11:00:15 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Oh, no! Not this again!


2 posted on 06/04/2011 11:05:08 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (.Life and Death are wearing me out)
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To: marshmallow

thanks for posting

Do you think you will read the book?


3 posted on 06/04/2011 11:05:38 AM PDT by aimee5291
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To: marshmallow
"Immediately rising to the open-ended bait, Colton goes on to describe meeting Jesus's cousin, John the Baptist, and petting Jesus's multicoloured horse. Todd, knowing that Colton could not possibly have had prior knowledge of the experiences and people he describes, interprets the situation as a calling..."

Let's see. His father is a pastor, but of course the boy would never have heard about any of these things in advance. Right...

4 posted on 06/04/2011 11:15:39 AM PDT by mlo
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To: marshmallow

I just finished reading it... while sitting in business class on a plane to Atlanta, sitting next to a soldier heading to Afghanistan for his 4th tour of duty...

I gave the book to him.

It was a pretty interesting read.


5 posted on 06/04/2011 11:32:12 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: mlo
Let's see. His father is a pastor, but of course the boy would never have heard about any of these things in advance. Right...

The boy was 4 years old... barely. Of course, he had HEARD of these things.... but there's no way a 4 yr old would know the level of detail claimed in the book.

Now.. the father could be "embellishing" the story.... we all have no way of knowing. But, no way the boy made it up all be himself... with such biblical accuracy. IMHO.

6 posted on 06/04/2011 11:35:10 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: mlo
Let's see. His father is a pastor, but of course the boy would never have heard about any of these things in advance. Right...

So you're saying the pastor is a liar? I haven't read the book, but I did hear this guy speak. I think he might know whether his wife's miscarriage was spoken of or not, for example. There were lots of other examples. Maybe he just made up the things his kid said too? Why don't you allege that?

ML/NJ

7 posted on 06/04/2011 11:37:15 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: mlo

He goes into such great detail there is no way he would have learned even 1/100th of it from his father.

The book was a complete game changer for me personally.


8 posted on 06/04/2011 11:43:34 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland (!@)
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To: marshmallow

Have not read this but plan to. I’d recommend that you try “Glimpse of Heaven” by Trudy Harris. I saw her speak at a Catholic women’s breakfast in Pittsburgh several weeks ago. Amazing. We have such a loving Father.


9 posted on 06/04/2011 11:57:46 AM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: ml/nj
"So you're saying the pastor is a liar?"

No, but it's certainly a possibility. He wouldn't be the first pastor to ever tell a lie.

Look, you have to consider every possible explanation. Not just the ones you prefer. Assuming the boy could not have simply internalized the stories in advance, and I don't exclude that possibility, you are still left with several other explanations. Only one of them is that he really saw exactly what the books says. There's no reason to believe this story.

10 posted on 06/04/2011 11:59:45 AM PDT by mlo
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To: Peter from Rutland
"He goes into such great detail there is no way he would have learned even 1/100th of it from his father."

You mean the book goes into such great detail. The boy didn't write the book.

"The book was a complete game changer for me personally."

You should be more skeptical of claims without evidence.

11 posted on 06/04/2011 12:01:00 PM PDT by mlo
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To: mlo

http://www.amazon.com/Glimpses-Eternity-Mind-Body-Spirit/dp/0824948130


13 posted on 06/04/2011 12:03:08 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: mlo
Look, you have to consider every possible explanation. Not just the ones you prefer.

FTR, I spent about five hours at my synagogue today so it's not like I a big Jesus advocate or anything. I heard the father on Steve Malzberg's show. Malzberg is also Jewish and not a promoter of charlatans during my listening experience. Something happened that isn't easy to explain.

ML/NJ

14 posted on 06/04/2011 12:04:46 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

What a bigoted thing to say.


15 posted on 06/04/2011 12:05:08 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: darkangel82

The truth hurts.

Ask Juan Williams.


16 posted on 06/04/2011 12:10:03 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: ml/nj

Well, I saw the father and son on Fox and Friends and it immediately hit me as a hoax and a fraud. The boy was bored and detached and the father was intense and talkative.
But then, I believe it’s the mother’s duty to instill religious values and for the dad to sheepishly and reluctantly go along to church wishing he was home with football and a beer. That was my dad and he was wonderful.


17 posted on 06/04/2011 12:11:04 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (.Life and Death are wearing me out)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Extremely gullible ones, too!


18 posted on 06/04/2011 12:11:51 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (.Life and Death are wearing me out)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

DU would be more to liking, bigot.


19 posted on 06/04/2011 12:14:43 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: miss marmelstein
The boy was bored and detached and the father was intense and talkative.

There is another possibility. See Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous Lives.

ML/NJ

20 posted on 06/04/2011 12:20:29 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

Oh, no! Not the Bridie Murphy thing! Personally, I don’t listen to anything anyone under 10 has to say.


21 posted on 06/04/2011 12:23:54 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (.Life and Death are wearing me out)
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To: surroundedbyblue

Did this woman meet God? What gets me about all these stories is that the person involved always gets to meet Jesus and God. Never St. Peter at the pearly gates or anything like that. My God, even Joan of Arc said she only got to talk to St. Catherine, St. Margaret and Michael the Archangel and she won a war for heaven’s sake!

It reminds me of all the people who believe in reincarnation and always come back as Cleopatra - never a little lackey with leprosy.


22 posted on 06/04/2011 12:30:23 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (.Life and Death are wearing me out)
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To: darkangel82

“DU would be more to liking, bigot.”

You totally lack sense.

Point taken.


24 posted on 06/04/2011 12:34:31 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: miss marmelstein

Post #22.

Good point taken.


25 posted on 06/04/2011 12:38:24 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: miss marmelstein
Not the Bridie Murphy thing!

Who's Birdie Murphy? It's been a long time since I read Life After Life. If you don't listen to what kids under ten have to say, I don't think you have to worry about any of the stuff the LAL author has to say because nearly all of the supposed memories of a previous life depart along with those other memories from about age four and earlier, according to him.

ML/NJ

26 posted on 06/04/2011 12:41:42 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: miss marmelstein

Um, no. “this woman” is a hospice nurse who compiled hundreds of stories of dying patients who had visions of the other side before their death.

Sheesh. Google her name & read for yourself.


27 posted on 06/04/2011 12:45:29 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: mlo

You don’t believe in visions? Obviously the child had a vision, and he peopled it with Christian images. Even the saints do this, because we only paint with the colors of our experiences.


28 posted on 06/04/2011 12:50:03 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: marshmallow

I do not like to block people’s spirits, but I will caution them on stories of multicolored horses. If it’s an analogy to the followers or the church building, I do not get it.

Folkes need to delve more in the theological merits of such stories. I have seen islam and communist atheists pull some similar suspect romanticized stunts before...


29 posted on 06/04/2011 1:06:32 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: ml/nj

It’s BRIDIE Murphy, not Birdie, lol! One of the most famous hoaxes of all time - some woman with past lives.

Personally, I went through all these beliefs when I was a teenager along with conspiracy theories. But they don’t hold water for me any more. I’m sure there’s an afterlife and I’m sure I’ll be in it one day but at this point one life is hard enough without investigating past lives or future lives.


30 posted on 06/04/2011 1:17:00 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (.Life and Death are wearing me out)
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To: surroundedbyblue

Sorry! Didn’t mean to step on your toes.


31 posted on 06/04/2011 1:18:16 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (.Life and Death are wearing me out)
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To: mlo

The boy goes into great detail about what he saw when he was clinically dead about heaven and about what he saw both there and here. There is absolutely no way he would have known any of the details beforehand. I didn’t even know certain details, I had to look into the bible myself just to verify it.


33 posted on 06/04/2011 1:23:32 PM PDT by Peter from Rutland (!@)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Gatun, I am outflanked here on the afterlife-little boy with big lying father stuff. Better get back here and help me out!


34 posted on 06/04/2011 1:26:02 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (.Life and Death are wearing me out)
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To: Ivan

I continue to make my point. And such language from a religious one.


35 posted on 06/04/2011 1:26:57 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Peter from Rutland

Not that I really care but are there tapes of this kid doing all the talking? ‘Cause when I saw him on tv, I thought he was a mute! His father did all the talking while the kid sat there like a bump on a log.


36 posted on 06/04/2011 1:28:42 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (.Life and Death are wearing me out)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

I never claimed to be religious, but I sure knew what I might find when I pulled up this post. Did’t your mother teach you not to complain when you get what you ask for?


37 posted on 06/04/2011 1:29:40 PM PDT by Ivan
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To: Ivan

And just what did I ask for?


38 posted on 06/04/2011 1:37:48 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: miss marmelstein

I’m here.

I see my first reply did not get to you backing you up.

I’m here.


39 posted on 06/04/2011 1:41:11 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

By following the link to the page, you asked for content related to “Near-Death Experience Led to Heaven’s Door” and proceeded to complain about the crazies that also followed the link. If you did not have any interest in the subject, don’t click the link.


40 posted on 06/04/2011 1:47:54 PM PDT by Ivan
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To: miss marmelstein

Here is one for you.

I had a wonderful cousin who had a vision of the Virgin Mary. Folks around her knew what was happening because they could hear my cousin talking to this whatever. Within a few minutes, she committed suicide. She opened the car door and jumped off a bridge which they were driving on.


41 posted on 06/04/2011 1:55:55 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Ivan

This is an open forum. We are all allowed to get on here and comment. Some of us think this book is a stupid hoax and freepers should be intelligent enough to see through it. It’s our opinion and we are expressing it. If you don’t like it, you can always go to Pravda (if it exists anymore) where there is only one point of view.

I also think that people who buy into this book are indulging in superstition - not religion.


42 posted on 06/04/2011 1:56:01 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (.Life and Death are wearing me out)
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To: miss marmelstein

P.S.

She was a medical doctor in her internship.


43 posted on 06/04/2011 1:57:46 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Dear God! In NYC - where I live - the ones who usually do this kind of thing are diabolists or into Voodoo, not Christians!

Like George Bush the Elder, I’m not into the vision thing.


44 posted on 06/04/2011 2:00:26 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (.Life and Death are wearing me out)
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To: Ivan

“If you did not have any interest in the subject, don’t click the link.”

I rarely do. I do find, though, folks like you don’t solve problems. You create more problems.


45 posted on 06/04/2011 2:05:25 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: aimee5291

Very good book. You know, he said everyone in heaven is in their younger state...no old people there. Makes sense to me.


46 posted on 06/04/2011 2:08:04 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: miss marmelstein

We may be reaching the end of the discussion.

Call on me anytime you want for backup.


47 posted on 06/04/2011 2:25:09 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Sadly, in googling around, I find that the only people willing to call this story a hoax are either very gay or left wing sites and two very staunch Christian sites. The gay anti-hoaxers are - as usual - stupidly puerile in their discussion and the left somewhat more intelligent. The best are the two Christian sites that sternly warn folks about dabbling in superstition and - dare I say it - heresy.

I wonder why the right is not dealing with this. I think it’s just not on their radar screen. As usual, they’re missing the bus.


48 posted on 06/04/2011 2:25:39 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (.Life and Death are wearing me out)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

I will! I am now reaching back into a past life for a suggestion as to what to make for dinner. Talk to you.


49 posted on 06/04/2011 2:28:42 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (.Life and Death are wearing me out)
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To: miss marmelstein

I know what you are saying.

They are too busy sitting on their fat arses whining as usual...

Come live in Panama. It’s a paradise.

I sit here angry at my country from my computer 1050 miles from Miami...closest point to the U.S. from Panama. Then I have to remind myself I don’t live in the U.S.


50 posted on 06/04/2011 2:37:30 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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