Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real : A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

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#1 New York Times best-seller with more than 11 million copies sold and Amazon's #17 best-selling book of all time. Heaven Is for Real was the best-selling non-fiction book of 2011 as reported by Nielsen's Bookscan, and was developed as a major motion picture by Sony in 2014.

"Do you remember the hospital, Colton?" Sonja said. "Yes, mommy, I remember," he said. "That's where the angels sang to me."

When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren't expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed-a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy's trip to heaven and back.

Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery-and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.

With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how "really, really big" God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Colton's uniquely simple words, Heaven Is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, "Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses."

Heaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child.

Continue the Burpos story in Heaven Changes Everything: The Rest of Our Story. Heaven Is for Real also is available in Spanish, El cielo es real.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 16mm | 191g
  • Nashville, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • ill
  • 0849946158
  • 9780849946158
  • 9,166

About Todd Burpo

Todd Burpo is pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan and a volunteer fireman. He and his wife, Sonja, have four children: Colton is an active teenager; he has an older sister, Cassie; a younger brother, Colby; and a very special sister he met in heaven. Sonja Burpo is a busy mom and pastor's wife. A certified elementary teacher, Sonja is passionate about children's ministry and helping women work through the difficulty of miscarriage.

Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer ofHeaven Is for Real and Same Kind of Different As Me. The author or coauthor of ten books, Lynn has sold 12 million copies since 2006. She worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD magazine and is a U.S. Navy veteran.
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I love the book! it's really shows how God loves children. He also call people to believe that He has already prepared a place for us in heaven. I firmly believe in the story. There is another book where the title is HEAVEN IS SO REAL! by Choo Thomas and also recounts almost the same vision Choo have when she visited heaven. Very inspiring books!show more
by Roanne Resurreccion
Just finished the book. Could not put it down, that's for sure. You will be encouraged, uplifted, and often moved to tears. That is, unless your heart is really, really hard. On Easter of 2012, a friend of ours who had 8 children ages 2-14 died of brain cancer.show more
by Marvin
It is a wonderful true story, encouraging to look forward what is to come. How special to know that our miscarried babies are not lost but live in eternity. My own daughter died with 4 years with the same medical history. The Lord Jesus allowed her to come back, like this little boy and she saw many things that are described in this book. It is very worth reading and encourages to live in faith even if others laugh about it. Because the book is not packed with thrilling fears,but real love and care, it is not citch but simply true and touching. Thanks to Todd Burpo!show more
by hannuscheck
Beautiful story of a child's honest innocence and the joy of things to come. Others have written their similar accounts without meeting or conferring with each other - heaven IS for REAL!show more
by Jocelyn Warnock
A lovely work of FICTION, written by a pastor who nearly lost his son and decided to convince people of his beliefs.show more
by Craig Dalglish
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