Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Author: Todd Burpo
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Before I had read the book, I had seen the movie and absolutely adored it. The book is a very quick read. However, there were a lot of unnecessary parts of the book. Overall, the concept was good even though at times things felt a little drawn out or exaggerated. It made me question my own faith while reading. I loved how this was a true story and a true test to your own faith.
Colton Burpo, a four-year-old, becomes sick with a ruptured appendix and has to be rushed into emergency surgery. While in surgery, Colton visits heaven and sees Jesus and long lost family members. He returns to Earth and tells his parents of his account resulting in an incredible testimony. According to Colton, Jesus sits on the right hand of God, and Gabriel on the left. Heaven is everything you would expect it to be.
The only reason this book was an average read for me is because of those drawn-out parts. Honestly, I enjoyed the movie more. I liked seeing the account instead of just reading about it. With this story, I liked things more visual. This wasn't surprising to me since it's mostly talking about a place and as a person, I like seeing places instead of just talking about them. I think I would have liked the book more had I read it first before seeing the movie.
Todd Burpo is pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan and a volunteer fireman. He and his wife, Sonja, have four children: Colton is an active 14-year-old; he has an older sister, Cassie; a younger brother, Colby; and a very special sister he met in heaven, yet to be named.