‘Heaven Is for Real’: One boy’s astonishing account
Heaven is for Real Book A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” by Todd Burpo
In the Heaven is for Real book A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven
A few weeks ago I began hearing about the book, “Heaven is for Real”, written by Todd Burpo. Todd is a pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska. I was initially interested in the book simply simply because a fellow Wesleyan Pastor was published and apparently the book was gaining in popularity. When I read the outline of the book, I realized I wanted to have Heaven is for Real sooner-than-later.
Previous evening I was reading through my Twitter feed and noticed that one of my friends about 3/4 of the way through the e-book Heaven is for Real and ended up being obviously impacted by what he was reading. I made the decision to buy the book Heaven is for Real through my Amazon Kindle app on my Android phone and literally within a few moments I was reading. A sample-chapter from the book is available if you are interested.
Heaven is for Real Book story follows the Burpo family through months of trying moments all concluding 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 started to reveal that during his surgery he actually visited Heaven. The details that Colton explained his time in Heaven are definitely extraordinary. I'm thankful to the Burpo family for providing readers to be brought into this extraordinary story.
As I go through the Heaven is for Real, generally there were a couple of times where I basically dropped my phone to my chest (was reading it on my personal Kindle app) and gasped in disbelief. I was in amazement at the way the details continued to be revealed to the family as Colton continued to allow them to in on his experience in Heaven.
Personally, Colton’s story attracted me back to an experience I had with my older sister Stacia while she was still right here and suffering through her bout with cancer. On a Weekend afternoon with her eyes still closed she announced to of us in her hospital room that she “saw stairs”. I cannot recall exactly how much time lapsed, but I believe it was more than the next few hours she provided us a play-by-play of her experience of visiting Heaven. She was twelve years old. I remember instantly-interpreting her description of what she was seeing and being fascinated that God was giving her a glimpse of her eternal home. She mentioned meeting family members that she did not know here on earth. I remember her getting quiet for some time after which exclaiming loudly, “I found the babies!” as all of us rapidly returned to her bedside for the update on what she was experiencing. It was after that experience that my sister had a new-found peace in being ready to leave this world for her eternal home with Jesus. That expertise has left indelible marks upon my heart.
When I think about ‘visions of Heaven’, I can’t help but be skeptical. I approach these kinds of things with hazy glasses - questioning how much of any account could be trusted as a real source or actual testimony. A lot of the Christian community does the same. We’re even quick to quote passages like 1 Corinthians two:9 - But as it is written: “Eye has not witnessed, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the points which God has prepared for all those who adore Him.” Whenever all of us do this, we make the mistake that many of us do more often than not really of taking the Bible out of context. Within the very next verse (ten), the Apostle Paul writes, “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” This provides me assurance that definitely God does reveal a number of these “hidden” things by His Spirit. And as we look in the entire of Scripture we see picture-after-picture of the glory and awe that awaits the faithful who find rest in eternity.
I do not know what parts of the Heaven-visions in Scripture or in accounts like “Heaven is for Real” are symbolic or literal, but God’s Word is not cryptic in revealing that Heaven and Hell are real locations and are the only two choices when we leave this earth.
“Heaven is for Real: A bit Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” is an excellent book. It really is well-written and offers a fascinating inside-peak into the lives and experiences of the Burpo family members as they skilled the supernatural. I really recommend studying the Heaven is for Real and from experience can say that it is almost impossible to place down.
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