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"A beautifully written glimpse into heaven that will encourage those who doubt and thrill those who believe." -Ron Hall, coauthor of Same Kind of Different as Me "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.

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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. Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer of Heaven 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 loved this book! This book is definitely an eye-opener. It is a true story of what happened to a boy. I was so encouraged that I decided to buy one for my friend. I recommend this book to everyone.
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One of the most heart aching experience for most mothers would be to loose their babies or unborn ones. If she/they understood 'Heaven is for Real,' the pain and sorrow would become eased and lessened. I wonder if a miscarriage happened, the soul returned to the Heaven would get another chance to come to the grieving mom?
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This is a believable and encouraging book, but must be read with caution because the only true account of heaven is the Bible. It is one boy's account of what he presumably saw of heaven when he was under anaesthesia in an operation. There is some doubt in the evangelical Christian world as to whether God would allow such an event (someone coming back from heaven to tell of their experiences).
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4,438 人中、4,033人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
Is "Heaven is for Real" for real? 2010/11/30
投稿者 The Heavy Revy - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
I found out about a pretty neat program not too long ago. I could get free books if I'd agree to write a review. As a lover of books, with over 1,000 of them in my library, I jumped at the chance.

The first book I received was titled "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo. Needless to say, as a pastor I was skeptical! I thought, Oh no, not another I've been to heaven book! Beginning with 90 minutes in Heaven, the market has been flooded by books of peoples accounts of their journey to Heaven, Hell, and the Laundromat! I assumed this book would be little different and I thought I'd wind up relegating this book to the "not worth my time" pile. I was wrong.

"Heaven is for Real" is a a heartwarming, simple, and surprisingly biblical glimpse into a little four year old boy's journey into Heaven. Colton Burpo was four year's old when he found himself at death's door. His family didn't realize he had made his amazing journey until small but shocking revelations that amazed and bewildered his parents began to leak out. Colton didn't just have one sit down conversation, he let his journey be known one startling revelation at a time.

How could this little boy know these things? How could he know about relatives who had died long before he was born? How could someone so young offer such amazing insights into Heaven, Christ, and the glories that await Christians? How could he know things he'd never been taught and couldn't know?

As I mentioned before, I'm a skeptic at heart. A book like this one wouldn't likely catch my attention and certainly wouldn't win any praise from me. So many books like these are fanciful, unbiblical, and simply outright inconsistent with what I know to be true from the Bible. Colton Burpo's story was a refreshing and surprisingly accurate portrait of what awaits each of us whose destiny is Heaven. I read the book with a critical eye, looking for those little details that would prove this story to be at best inaccurate or at worst a fraud. I couldn't find them. His tale seemed honest. His descriptions fit the way a child would describe things, not one whose words had been fed him by an adult. Some of his revelations were simply amazing!

Who would be blessed by this book? I'd honestly say almost anyone. If you've recently lost a loved one or maybe you are a mother who has lost a child to miscarriage. You can find something here that will warm your heart and quite possibly help ease your pain. This book is a sweet, touching, and amazing story. I think you'll be blessed by it.

That said, you might wonder if I found anything in the book I didn't agree with. That's a tough question. I found nothing I'd say was blatantly wrong or in direct contradiction with the scriptures. There were a couple of things that made me raise my eyebrow but I can't quote a verse that says Heaven couldn't be like that, just a couple of things that didn't fit my expectation or interpretation of what Heaven would be like. Those things might make you wonder but I think you'll find they don't detract from what this book is meant to do, strengthen your faith, encourage you in your walk with Christ, and maybe just maybe long for Heaven just a little bit more.

Hope this review helps you make your choice of whether or not to pick up a copy of this book. I'd recommend you do.

Micah

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <[...]> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Sweet story, but not a resource for theological discernment 2011/3/8
投稿者 Amazon Customer - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
It's a terrible thing to be young and jaded. I confess that, despite my belief that there is a real and dynamic spiritual world interwoven with material reality, I approached Heaven Is For Real with a high degree of skepticism. I have a hard time getting past the logical-critical methods which have been drilled into me through the course of my education. Part of me, I suppose, deeply longs for quantifiable evidence of the spiritual. My jadedness comes from poring over scads of accounts of afterlife experiences and finding so many times that they come coated in a greasy film of sensationalism and self-promotion. Heaven Is For Real might just be the real thing.

Todd Burpo, co-author, husband and father, is a small-town minister and serves as the narrator. Todd went through a trying season of personal injury and illness, taking on large medical debts, which culminated in a life-or-death struggle for Todd's son, Colton. Colton had a bout of what seemed to be, and was misdiagnosed as, the stomach flu, but in actuality Colton's appendix had ruptured and the condition went untreated for five days. Railing against God for this Job-like testing, as Colton was wheeled into the operating room screaming, Todd thought he'd seen his son for the last time.

Against all odds, and through multiple surgeries, Colton miraculously recovered. The caliber of the miracle would not begin to be revealed till months later when Colton revealed to his family that he had been to Heaven. Over the course of time Colton would open up and share details of his experience; offering preternatural knowledge of things about which, his family says, Colton had no prior knowledge. As Todd described it, Colton's revelations came in the sort of call-it-as-you-see-it way of preschoolers who have not yet "learned either tact or guile." From details about Heaven to interactions with family members who passed on prior to Colton's birth, this story is one which invites the reader into contemplation of mystery.

What allows me to take this story seriously is the sense of humility and circumspection present in the narrative. The Burpos tread carefully with Colton letting him tell his story as he was ready. Seven years passed from the first inklings of Colton's experience to the publishing of the book.

The single aspect of Heaven Is For Real that concerned me was when Colton's reporting shifted from descriptive to predictive, recounting visions of a great battle-to-come at the end of time. In these visions, the forces of Heaven are arrayed against the forces of Hell and Christian men wield either swords or bows-and-arrows as part of God's army. Colton reported to his father that he saw him as a participant in that future conflict. What gives me pause is this: the Armageddon visions come much later than the earlier stories shared by Colton and are in a narrative peppered by frequent references to Colton's early and ongoing love for superhero battles played out with sword-wielding action figures.

Don't use this book as a basis for theological discernment about either the afterlife or the end of time. Take this book for what it is: a sweet story of the love of parents for their child, the care of Christians for each other in times of crisis, and the surprising mystery of the grace of God.
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Gonna get a lot of flak for my review, so here goes... 2011/8/29
投稿者 L. D. Richardson - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック Amazonで購入
For those of you who are going to rant and chastise me for being judgmental, save it...

I, too, have had a terrifying experience where my child was extremely sick, doctors could not diagnose him for a couple of days, he went into the hospital, and when he was finally diagnosed was not expected to live. This is where my 'judgmentalism' comes from...

Thinking I was going to be buying a sweet little, uplifting tale that would resonate with me as I am a person of great faith and unfathomable love and thankfulness to God _ I came to a point in this book (about midway through Chapter 6) where I had to quit reading this book. The more I read (as written by the little boy's father) about the actions of these parents before actually seeking medical attention for their obviously sick child, the more judgmental I became. I don't like it when I find myself judging people, so the best thing for me to do was to delete the book from my Kindle and just forget about it. If I could ask for my money back, so that no money goes into the hands of people who acted so ignorantly, I would.

Here are a few examples of their behavior that just stupified me: When little Colton first became sick, before a trip, his mother took him to the doctor and the doctor wrote his illness off as a stomach flu. The parents prayed not that their sweet little 3 year old get better, but that he would get better enough not to interrupt a trip. (The trip was for a district church denomination meeting.) So, little Colton seems to be back to his old self the next day, so they go on their trip. While out on their trip, both of their children become sick one night and the parents believed there was a revisitation of the stomach flu. That's understandable. However, when the 6 year old daughter who only threw up a couple of times overnight and the 3 year old continues to vomit "hourly", without any sign of improvement whatsoever, do they check-out of the hotel and take him to the ER or head back home? Nope, they take him to the home of some friends (let's just give this virus to everybody we know) so the mother can take care of him while the father attends church with one of the friends. Ignorant, selfish call I think. But, we're all entitled to a dumb move now and then. So, I keep reading. Once church is over, the father and his friend come home to find the 3 year old still very sick and vomiting "profusely". The male friend the father went to church with that morning is concerned, thinking the symptoms might equal appendicitis. The father, whose experience as a pastor and garage door salesman make him an expert, decides that it's not appendicitis. Fine, anybody can be wrong. Keep reading... so dad decides it's not appendicitis and must still be the (contagious) stomach flu, therefore the family will just stay another night with their generous hosts - just in case they haven't made them sick yet, I guess. The following morning,after a night of the little boy STILL vomiting, the parents pack up to go home and their host, seeing the sick child cradled in his mother's arms, says that the little boy looks "pretty sick" and suggests that the parents take him straight away to the ER. Well, the parents reason that the 3 hours they would sit in an ER would be better spent driving home, so they head on home. They call ahead to their local doctor, make an afternoon appointment, and before heading out explain their reasoning to their host. The host "said he understood", but the father "could tell he was still worried". Okay, even now the friends of the parents are apparently thinking "what are you DOING?". Two hours into the drive, after the parents have had to stop and change clothing on an already fully potty trained child (!!!) whose began soiling himself and the child is by now "crying constantly" and they've had to stop "every 30 mintues" for him to throw up. So, they're still an hour or so from home, and they STILL DON'T STOP AT AN ER! I mean, come on people, it doesn't take a triple digit IQ to figure out at this point that 48 hours of hourly to half-hourly vomiting by a 3 year old can result in dehydration so severe that he could be having organ problems. Wait, the dad even says that 2 hours into this 3 hour trip home that they know he must be getting dehydrated (ya think?!?) and they STILL DIDN'T STOP. So, they get back to their hometown in 3 hours and, though earlier in the book Dear Old Dad says they called ahead for an appointment with family doc, when they get home you know what they do? They go to the ER. FINALLY! And when they get to the ER, the kid is so sick, they don't make the family wait the dreaded 3 hours that the parents had speculated about earlier, no, one look at the child and the ER staff immediately takes them back. Blood work is performed, Xrays are performed, and IVs are run. Results... the doctor doesn't know what's wrong with the child, but the Xray shows 3 masses in his stomach. While the IVs and antibiotics (antibiotics... they don't give those for stomach virus) are dripping, friends begin streaming in. One friend suggests that the parents should have the boy transported to Denver Children's (ya know, since doctors at Podunk Hospital don't know what's wrong). The parents dismissed this, instead deciding (I suppose) to let the Podunk docs google until they make a diagnosis. On day two, after the boy is STILL throwing up and only getting worse "faster", mother stays on at the hospital while Dad works and prays. Finally, on day 3 at Podunk, it dawns on the parents of little Colton (whose looking like death to his parents)that maybe they should take him to another hospital. Denver Children's? Noooo, that would be too far from the parents "base of support". ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WHAT ABOUT COLTON'S MEDICAL SUPPORT? This is where I quit reading. I know from the photo on the cover that little Colton survived and is doing well (he's obviously not 3 anymore). But I just, at this point, had formed such an unfavorable opinion of these parents selfishness or ignorance or both, that I just didn't want to read anymore. As a parent, I love to the point I would die for my kid. Sitting in an ER 3 hours from home is a far cry from death. Subjecting him to days of continual degradation of health and wellbeing so that I can be close to those who will pat my back and tell me it's all gonna be alright is not my idea of taking care of my child. I'm sorry if this feeling is offensive, but it's why I could not finish this book.
83 人中、71人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
Unbelievable (literally) 2014/5/6
投稿者 Phineas M. Hanks - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック Amazonで購入
If there is something--anything--redeeming about this book I could not find it, hence the lowest rating possible. Reading this book is maybe the nicest thing I've ever done for my friends. Now you don't have to. For me, it was kind of like being dragged by horses across a field of broken glass. . . during a blizzard. . . while passing a kidney stone. . . and listening to Bob Dylan. I didn't know anything about Todd Burpo, but I can tell you my respect for Lynn Vincent has plunged to the center of the earth. I can't even give it a bump for the quality of writing.

I was compelled to read "Heaven is for Real" by its popularity. The book is currently #7 on Amazon and the movie has grossed $65 million in just a few weeks. Millions of people have formed their beliefs about God and heaven from what Todd Burpo claims his 3-year-old son experienced in heaven and later relayed to him.

The story goes as follows: Young Colton Burpo underwent an emergency appendectomy and made a subsequent miraculous recovery. Several months later, Colton revealed to his parents that while in surgery he had an out-of-body experience, spoke with angels, and sat in Jesus' lap. For the next couple years, whenever the Burpo parents got a hankerin', they'd pump Colton for more information. There was a pattern to these sessions. Colton would be preoccupied (often playing with swords or action figures) when his dad asked something like, "Hey Colton, did you see God's throne in heaven?" Whether the question was, "Did you see animals?" or "Did you see Mary?" or "Did you see Satan?" or something else, Colton's reply never failed to gratify. His father was invariably stunned and amazed. Colton would then run off and play while Mr. Burpo pondered a passage of Scripture that confirmed his son's story, e.g., "Then I suddenly remembered what it says in the book of Revelation. . ." Signaling the completion of the pattern, the author exclaims something to this effect: I know exactly what they were teaching my boy in Sunday School and there's no way he learned this there. Our only reasonable conclusion is that Colton Burpo really did visit heaven!

If the Burpos' close family and friends want to believe this account based on their personal knowledge of them and their character, fine I guess. But should we? Everything in us wants to, but there's no good reason we should. In fact, in this case there are loads of reasons we shouldn't.
For one, I'm really suspicious about Jesus speaking to Colton Burpo in Evangelical clichés. Instead of learning that people need to believe in Jesus, for example, Colton learned from his encounter that we need to be nice and have Jesus in our hearts. Why did Jesus opt for Evangelical clichés over biblical expressions?

As well, despite valiant attempts at proof texting, we do have to choose between biblical theology and the Burpo story. For example, is God the Father physically big so as to require a physically big throne? Do people have bodies after death but before the resurrection? Did Jesus win the victory over the devil or not? For each of these questions and more, the Bible gives one answer; 4-year-old Colton Burpo gives another.

Finally, there are all the things that just don't add up for me. If you thought your child really visited heaven, would you investigate the experience intermittently over the course of years? Or, fearing he might forget some of the details, would you sit down with him at once, asking every question that comes to mind, taking copious notes? Is it even reasonable to trust the account of a child who by all appearances is wrapped up in a world of action figures, make-believe sword play, and fantasy? Does the notion of disembodied spirits having wings strike you as odd? How about Jesus on a rainbow-colored horse? If Colton was having an out-of-body experience, how is it that he sat on Jesus' lap? How did he hug people in heaven if his body was on the operating table? I don't have a verse to prove the Holy Spirit isn't "kind of blue" in color, but do I need one? I could go on. Frankly, not only can I not believe this story, I can't believe anyone can.

If I only had a nickel for every time I've heard Christians justify books like "Heaven is for Real" and "90 Minutes in Heaven" on the basis that, even if false, people are drawn to God by them. I say, no. Jesus told a parable (recorded in Luke 16) about a rich man who died and went to hell. There he suffered in agony. God allowed him to look far away and see a man named Lazarus sitting next to Abraham. From his life on earth, the rich man had known Lazarus as a beggar who lived near him. The rich man pleaded with Abraham to send Lazarus back to earth to warn his five living brothers to change their ways before they died. Denied. Abraham declared, "They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them." The rich man protested that a visit from dead Lazarus would do what Moses and the Prophets (i.e., the Bible) couldn't. Abraham gave this retort, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead."

God draws men to Himself through the Word. I suspect He does not draw men through sensational, unverifiable testimonies of complete strangers, much less those who are trusting in the ability of a 4-year-old to remember, interpret, and articulate the details of a supposed trip to heaven. As to the extra-biblical details of heaven and the afterlife, it isn't simply that we don't know these things; it's that we aren't meant to know them. After Paul's unique trip to heaven, he was forbidden to share what he experienced (2 Cor 12:3-4). We only know that he heard "inexpressible things". Why is Colton Burpo allowed to give details which Paul was forbidden from revealing? The answer is simple: Paul didn't have books, movie tickets, CDs, t-shirts, and bracelets (yes, bracelets) to sell. Perhaps God allowed Colton Burpo to tell his story so that his dad, Todd, could become a millionaire.

I'm sure I've raised some hackles. If you believed the Burpos' story based on the book or the movie, I ask: Did you believe it because it was believable? Or because you wanted to believe it? The apostles didn't preach heaven; they preached the gospel. The gospel is the power to save. "Heaven is for Real" is the power to tickle ears. That it occupies the #1 best seller position in the "Christian Book" category on Amazon is a testimony to the sorry state of Christianity.
211 人中、175人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
A Dad Who Lost His Faith 2014/3/31
投稿者 ScribeBuddy - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
There seem to be two schools of thought on the reviews posted here: either it's an amazing, overwhelmingly joyful confirmation of faith, or the father is lying in order to make money.

I have a different point of view. ALL signs in the beginning of the book (and even later, with the father's incredulity) point to the fact that the father was obviously losing his faith. He even raged against God at one point. And when he wasn't raging directly against God, he was picking over and over and over the fact that HE had been through so much, HIS health scares were so bad, HIS inability to work was so bad. When Colton was sick, it was all about how DAD felt about it, how DAD didn't like to see it, how DAD didn't know what to do, how DAD felt like a failure.

Then of course, Colton was begging for Dad before and after the surgery.

And later, with the tiny crumbs we're awarded that (supposedly) came out of Colton's mouth, we are swarmed before, during and after them with Dad going on about HIS reaction, HIS making parallels to scripture, and so on.

For the (co-) author, it's all I, I, I, me, me, me, I felt this, I saw that, I heard this, I couldn't take it so I went to have a glass of water, me, I, I, me, me.

It is so obvious. This person is a pastor. He can/could not forgive himself for beginning to lose faith. So he grabbed onto what may have been a snatch of a dream from his little boy (based on the dogma that had been instilled daily and even hourly in this child, both inside and outside the home - i.e., Sunday school) and began to see what he wanted to see.

He was so desperate for a confirmation of his now-flagging faith that, yes, he, even if only subconsciously, coached his son. You can see it in the writing. He asks a question, then later asks the question with a bit of a twist and of course, Colton, who wants to please his father, reaches and finds "a memory" that seems even more staggering to the father...even though each and every one of these "memories" is thrust into children's heads in Sunday school via words, stories and pictures, and in a preacher's household, in the home as well.

Dad, years later, collected and, yes, paraphrased (he admits that he "wishes (he) had written down" what Colton had said at the time Colton was saying it) Colton's supposed "revelations," from an adult point of view.

Colton was not being bad and he was not lying. A dream, memories, snatches of stories from Bible school - to a not even four-year-old, they all mingle. A child this age has NOT separated fantasy from reality. If I recall correctly, that happens at approximately age seven, which is why age seven and up is termed "the age of reason."

Colton saw how happy his parents were with what he was telling them - AND how their heads snapped in his direction and how riveted they were every time he talked about "Jesus and heaven." Well, what child wouldn't keep doing what gets him attention? Children want and need parental attention and love. They never feel like they're getting enough of it. When they hit upon something that has the parents all a-lather like this, well...of course they're going to keep talking, and, subconsciously, add and embellish. That is very natural.

As to the impossibility of Colton knowing about the miscarriage, his grandfather, etc., what on earth makes parents think children don't listen in on the parents' conversations when the parents think the kids are asleep? Obviously they do not remember being children themselves.

I very much wanted to believe this story but it was contrived, coached, manipulated (poor Colton) and overly eager to prove itself again and again. That itself speaks volumes for the fact that Dad, even with fame and fortune and looooooads of money from this book, and even with TV appearances (um, I thought this happened to Colton, not to him?) - is still trying to convince himself. Sadly, he sure hasn't convinced me.
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