Skip to comments.Near-Death Experience Led to Heaven's Door
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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Oh, no! Not this again!
thanks for posting
Do you think you will read the book?
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What a bigoted thing to say.
The truth hurts.
Ask Juan Williams.
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.
Extremely gullible ones, too!
DU would be more to liking, bigot.
There is another possibility. See Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous Lives.
Oh, no! Not the Bridie Murphy thing! Personally, I don’t listen to anything anyone under 10 has to say.
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.
“DU would be more to liking, bigot.”
You totally lack sense.
Good point taken.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Sorry! Didn’t mean to step on your toes.
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.
Gatun, I am outflanked here on the afterlife-little boy with big lying father stuff. Better get back here and help me out!
I continue to make my point. And such language from a religious one.
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.
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?
And just what did I ask for?
I see my first reply did not get to you backing you up.
By following the link to the page, you asked for content related to Near-Death Experience Led to Heavens 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.
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.
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.
She was a medical doctor in her internship.
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.
“If you did not have any interest in the subject, dont click the link.”
I rarely do. I do find, though, folks like you don’t solve problems. You create more problems.
Very good book. You know, he said everyone in heaven is in their younger state...no old people there. Makes sense to me.
We may be reaching the end of the discussion.
Call on me anytime you want for backup.
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.
I will! I am now reaching back into a past life for a suggestion as to what to make for dinner. Talk to you.
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.