Heaven is For Real

By: Todd Burpo


Colton Burpo, the three-year-old son of Todd and Sonja Burpo, spent time in heaven and came back to talk about it. Colton’s experience was not the traditional... (near death experience) since he never actually died. The first half of the book is the story of the events leading up to Colton’s visit to heaven. His dad, Todd, a Wesleyan minister, gives the nail biting story of dealing with his son’s stomach ache that was misdiagnosed as the flu. After many days of pain, trips to the doctor’s office, and multiple hospitals, they finally find out that Colton has a ruptured appendix that has been poisoning his body for days. At the edge of death, the doctors rush him into surgery while the parents are on their knees before God.

Colton survived. The medical reports give no indication that his heart ever stopped. While it was a very close call, the surgery was a success.

Over the next months, even years, Colton began, to the surprise of the parents, to explain what happened to him while in surgery. The rest of the book is filled with account after account of Colton telling his bewildered parents about his time with Christ in heaven. Things that Colton should not have known and had never been taught came to the surface as this three-year-old boy processed his faith as confirmed through his time with God.

  • -He sat in Jesus’ lap
  • -He met his sister who died in his mother’s womb (whom his parents had never told him about)
  • -He saw John the Baptist
  • -There is a coming battle with Satan (he is a futurist!)
  • -There are thousands of colors we have never seen
  • -He met his great granddad (who told him things about his father that his father had never told him)
  • -He saw Jesus’ “marks” on his hands and feet
  • -All the people had wings of various sizes (including Colton) and flew around (except Jesus who moved up and down as if on an escalator)
  • -Jesus had the most beautiful eyes, a beard, a white gown, a purple sash, and a crown
  • -All the people had a light above their head (halo?)
  • Matt Boswell - Come Thou Fount Every Blessing (Ost. Heaven Is For Real)