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Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
by Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent

Published: 2010-10-31
Paperback : 163 pages
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A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven.

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins ...

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A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven.

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.

Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us.

Told by the father, but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.

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On Wednesday, we broke the news to the Imperial hospital
staff that we were taking Colton to the Great Plains Regional
Medical Center in North Platte. We considered Norma’s suggestion
of Children’s in Denver, but felt it would be better to
stay closer to our base of support. It took a while to get
Colton checked out, as it does anytime you leave a hospital,
but to us it seemed an eternity. Finally, a nurse came in with
the discharge papers, a copy of Colton’s test results, and a
large, flat brown envelope containing his Xrays. Sonja called
ahead to the office of pediatrician Dr. Dell Shepherd to let his
staff know we were coming.
At 10:30 a.m., I picked Colton up out of the hospital bed
and was shocked at the limpness of his body. He felt like a rag
in my arms. It would’ve been a great time to panic, but I tried
to keep my cool. At least we were doing something now. We
were taking action.
Colton’s car seat was strapped into the backseat of our
SUV. Gently, I laid him in, wondering as I buckled him in how
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How does this account of thge boy's experience coincide or differ from descriptions of heaven in the Bible?
How many other books have you read about this subject and how are they the same or different that this one?
by csmutny (see profile) 09/21/11

At what point in the book, if ever, did you really start to believe Colton's story about heaven?
What was the most remarkable thing that Colton shared?
Does Colton's experience change your thoughts of heaven? If so, how?
by laurieleigh04 (see profile) 07/08/11

1. Did you believe the claims made in this book?
2. After reading this book, do you agree with Colton that “heaven is for real”? Why or why not?
3. Which descriptions of heaven do you feel are accurate and which do you disagree with and why?
by JanVanEe (see profile) 06/08/11

Is there a Heaven?
What are people like in Heaven?
by Lacy3711 (see profile) 05/13/11

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We went to Phil\\\'s Heavenly Pizza
by pdtimekeeper (see profile) 06/13/14
Very spiritual owner. He holds prayer meetings on certain days and even has an altar in the back room. We had the Pizza and it was HEAVENLY!

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  "Heaven is for Real"by sonyaef (see profile) 07/18/15

The title speak for itself!

  "Heaven is for Real"by pdtimekeeper (see profile) 06/13/14

I had high hopes...but was disappointed

  "Fast read and great discussion for book clubs"by jaegeral (see profile) 05/14/14

Our group enjoyed this book and it inspired a great conversation on just what heaven will be like and religious differences. We had varied perspectives - some sceptical some believers.

  "I knew it!"by Julz721 (see profile) 09/29/12

This is a great quick read. One that helps to confirm GOD's promises and offers us hope and meaning. I could not hep being just a bit annoyed by the parent's the parents for some of the decisions they... (read more)

  "Lovely"by Trinireader (see profile) 08/15/12

Such a beautiful story, it touch my heart.

  "Heaven is REAL"by FriendshipSisters (see profile) 07/02/12

There's really not much to say that the synopsis does not. This is a short book, (158 pages), and is a very fast read. "Heaven is for Real" is well written and gives the reader a glimpse i... (read more)

  "Heaven is for real"by wendy55 (see profile) 06/30/12

The book was a quick, believable read. As would be expected, it prompted "Heaven" discussions and provided wonderful hope to its Christian reader. We liked the way the story was told, weaved through... (read more)

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