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While driving past the hospital where four-year-old Colton Burpo had nearly lost his life four months earlier, his mother asked her son if he remembered the ordeal. His simple answer left his parents speechless and has captivated countless readers since:
“Yes, Mommy, I remember,” he said. “That’s where the angels sang to me.”
In Heaven is for Real, Colton’s father, Todd Burpo, tells the story of his son’s heavenly experience while he was undergoing surgery for a burst appendix. Colton recalls sitting in Jesus’ lap, listening to the angels sing to him and meeting the very “nice” John the Baptist. Even more astonishing are the details Colton gave about things he had no way of knowing. He told his parents that he left his body during his surgery and could see them in the waiting room praying for him, further authenticating his account.
Told in the simple voice of a four-year-old, the significance is clear: Heaven is for Real, and Colton’s story is one you don’t want to miss.
A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven. Heaven Is for Real, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent, 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.