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Book Review: “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back”
stevansheets.com ^ | 1/25/11 | Stevan Sheets

Posted on 03/11/2011 9:41:31 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta

The story follows the Burpo family through months of trying times all culminating with their 3-year-old son Colton’s appendix bursting and his near-death.

A few months after this incident, while on a family-trip, Colton began to reveal that during his surgery he actually visited Heaven.

The details with which Colton described his time in Heaven are absolutely incredible.

I am grateful to the Burpo family for allowing readers to be brought into this incredible story.

As I read the book, there were a few times where I literally dropped my phone to my chest (was reading it on my Kindle app) and gasped in disbelief.

I was in awe at how the details continued to be revealed to the family as Colton continued to let them in on his experience in Heaven.

Personally, Colton’s story drew me back to an experience I had with my older sister Stacia while she was still here and suffering through her bout with cancer.

On a Sunday afternoon with her eyes still shut she exclaimed to those of us in her hospital room that she “saw stairs”.

I cannot recall exactly how much time lapsed, but I believe it was over the next couple of hours she gave us a play-by-play of her experience of visiting Heaven.

She was twelve years old.

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TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: bookreview; heaven; heavenisforreal; moviereview
The author of the book is Todd Burpo
1 posted on 03/11/2011 9:41:39 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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2 posted on 03/11/2011 9:42:40 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Todd Burpo and son...

3 posted on 03/11/2011 9:46:40 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Very interesting book.

I highly encourage folks to read it.


4 posted on 03/11/2011 9:47:11 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: PetroniusMaximus

I recently have it as a gift, and the person liked it.


5 posted on 03/11/2011 9:53:00 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Correction: I ‘gave’ it as a gift...


6 posted on 03/11/2011 9:54:23 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Wonderful book.


7 posted on 03/11/2011 9:55:19 AM PST by mykdsmom (FUBO)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I just finished reading it. Put aside for a moment his visit to Heaven, as a Parent of a young boy myself, I was horrified for a few chapters there as he was fighting for his life. Had this big ole guy nearly in tears reading through his father’s telling of it.

As for the boys story of Heaven and the parent’s documentation of it, I could find nothing that would have me doubt that the story is true. The only questionable part is when he says his great grandfather, “Pop” had wings, and he had little wings himself. Contrary to many old movies and even cartoons we do not become angels. When I got to that part of the book, that is when just a little natural skepticism set in. I was hoping for a little help from his pastor father to ask more on that, but he just let it go. Still it was a good read, and I think the story is highly credible.


8 posted on 03/11/2011 10:00:44 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Just ordered it.


9 posted on 03/11/2011 10:02:08 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Save and read latter


10 posted on 03/11/2011 10:12:11 AM PST by Rumplemeyer
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To: NavyCanDo

Don’t be silly. He and others might not be angels, but why not have wings?


11 posted on 03/11/2011 10:16:24 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: mykdsmom

I agree.


12 posted on 03/11/2011 10:18:16 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: NavyCanDo

I think so too.


13 posted on 03/11/2011 10:18:55 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Peter from Rutland

Me Too!


14 posted on 03/11/2011 10:21:42 AM PST by rapture-me
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I know a little girl who at the age of about 3 died from smoke inhalation in a fire in her home. Her parents said when they brought her out, you could see she was dead.

The paramedics worked on her and finally brought her back. Months later, when she was old enough to talk better, she slowly began to tell her parents about heaven. Like this little boy, the story came out over time. To me, the most touching part of the story was that she said Jesus met her with cheerios. Her folks said cheerios were her favorite thing in the world. Jesus met her in a manner she could relate to.


15 posted on 03/11/2011 10:25:55 AM PST by Grammy
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
THE Book says this:

Luke 16: 19"There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.' 25But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.' 27And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.' 29But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.' 30And he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' 31He said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.'"

16 posted on 03/11/2011 10:31:38 AM PST by lupie
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

John 3:13:

No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.

1 Thessalonians 4:

(16) For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

(17) Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.


17 posted on 03/11/2011 11:28:31 AM PST by ScottfromNJ
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Boy’s Tale of Heaven Is Publishing Phenomenon

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2687287/posts?page=55


18 posted on 03/11/2011 11:41:54 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

The story is not Biblical and didn’t happen. It is a fantasy by the young boy’s mind or just a fantasy written to make money. Every person who has ever lived and died is dead, graveyard dead with the exception of Jesus Christ. This is why God called him the first-fruits. The reason Jesus Christ got up from the dead is because God raised him. If people go to heaven when they die, why would there be a resurrection of the just and the unjust? They would already be in heaven or some other place. Read your Bible people and quit going by what someone else says about the Bible. When we die, we are dead and stay dead until God sends His Son to raise all for judgment. There will be a group of people who will not die who will be changed from mortal to immortal at the Gathering Together commonly called the Rapture.
Death is the enemy, this what Jesus Christ came to defeat. Going by this cute little story, death is just the gate to some bliss filled place. Not true, if the Bible is correct and if the Bible is not correct, we have no hope. I believe it is, that is why is is called faith.


19 posted on 03/11/2011 2:19:19 PM PST by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: Grammy

ok, the cheerios got me........I teared up at the image of Jesus meeting a little girl with cheerios.


20 posted on 03/11/2011 2:26:23 PM PST by tioga
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Likely, sentimental and deceptive.


21 posted on 03/11/2011 5:37:42 PM PST by Lee N. Field ("I've studied bible prophecy 30 years." usually means "I've never heard of Geerhardus Vos.")
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To: Doulos1

What an incredible pile of inaccurate, wrong words in your post.

Either you have not read the book . . .

or . . .

you have no idea how to read it with a Biblical yet fair-minded mind-set.

There are verifiable details in the story that could NOT have occurred any other way than for the story to be true.

Willfully blind, Biased ignorance can be a destructive, ugly thing.


22 posted on 06/07/2011 11:28:42 AM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Lee N. Field

Either you have not read the book . . .

or . . .

you have no idea how to read it with a Biblical yet fair-minded mind-set.

There are verifiable details in the story that could NOT have occurred any other way than for the story to be true.

Willfully blind, Biased ignorance can be a destructive, ugly thing.


23 posted on 06/07/2011 11:29:41 AM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Quix
Either you have not read the book . . . or . . . you have no idea how to read it with a Biblical yet fair-minded mind-set.

I have not read the book. I judged it not worth the time.

There are verifiable details in the story

Not at all contrary to my assertion. Think about it.

Willfully blind, Biased ignorance

You're the expert.

Heaven. "The bible tells us of the existence of a realm our mortal eyes cannot see..... "

24 posted on 06/07/2011 12:41:27 PM PDT by Lee N. Field (Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.)
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To: Lee N. Field

Quite an amazing feat to maintain such unscratched polished granit surfaces.


25 posted on 06/07/2011 3:28:00 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Lee N. Field

Sounds like at his age,

he’s about to discover how horribly wrong all his books were on so many things.


26 posted on 06/07/2011 3:29:22 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Lee N. Field

I feel sorry for this boy. He seems to be mislead by his father who’s out to make a buck or two.


27 posted on 06/10/2011 6:08:31 AM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie.)
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To: Cronos
He seems to be mislead by his father who’s out to make a buck or two.

Maybe next there will be a first-hand account about their dog's trip to heaven to help verify the little boy's story. It seems there are some people here who need something to latch onto.

28 posted on 06/10/2011 6:23:58 AM PDT by Titanites
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Maybe next there will be a first-hand account about their dog's trip to heaven to help verify the little boy's story.

Nah.. If the dad is smart, he'll make this a trilogy in four parts. Next will be the younger sister and then part 3 will be about the dog going to heaven and going "woof, woof, dog darn it, the little excrescence was telling the truth" and then the dog comes back and tells his master "woof, woof, hau, hau, grrr,grrr" and the master translates it to describe all the splendors of heaven

Part 4 will be the magnum opus when Jesse Duplantis or Benny Hinn come to visit the family and listen to the dog speak and then they get a whole new revelation by reading between the Woof-Woofs.

Once that is done, they can re-release the first 3 with additional excerpts of the little kid playing ball with the cherubs and the dog learning that in heaven he's not allowed to scent-mark the trees.

29 posted on 06/10/2011 6:32:27 AM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie.)
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To: Titanites; Lee N. Field

There must be some way to get Vogons into this story.


30 posted on 06/10/2011 6:34:57 AM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie.)
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To: Cronos

I think I’m starting to believe, LOL.


31 posted on 06/10/2011 6:40:54 AM PDT by Titanites
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To: All
Book Review: “Heaven is for Real: A Little Dog’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back”


32 posted on 06/10/2011 6:42:15 AM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie.)
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To: Titanites
Well it's easy for you to believe, but what do you think the dog does when he learns that in heaven he's not allowed to scent-mark the trees?

plus, all the cats are in hell.. ;-P

33 posted on 06/10/2011 6:45:11 AM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie.)
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To: Titanites
Book Review: “Heaven is for Real: A Little Dog’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back”


34 posted on 06/10/2011 6:46:25 AM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie.)
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To: Cronos
plus, all the cats are in hell.. ;-P

That's a whole 'nother book series, there. Their cat can give its first-hand account of its trip to the nether world.

35 posted on 06/10/2011 7:22:25 AM PDT by Titanites
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