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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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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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"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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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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