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  • Published: Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Description: xxi, 163 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780849946158
  • 0849946158

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Heaven is for real : a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back

by Burpo, Todd.

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Call number: 133.901 Bu

Available Copies: Pittsfield Adult

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Heaven Is For Real

Interesting book. Interesting story.


I had a hard time reading this book, and not for the reason you might think. I felt like the book was a bit on the preachy side and I have a hard time believing that their son was never ever exposed to some of the things they claim he never was exposed to and yet miraculously described in detail to match the bibles depiction exactly. I agree with a previous comment that this isn’t the end all of what comes next and what he experienced is what he could understand within his own context of life. Having a young child myself, my child often tells me about things that I wonder how he knows about them because he's never been "exposed" to it, yet he knows exactly what Spiderman, Superman, and Sponge Bob Squarepants look like. Does that mean Spiderman, Superman, and Sponge Bob Squarepants really do exist or does it mean he's been exposed to it somewhere outside of his home and parents that we, his parents, are unaware of? Don't discount what a child may or may not have been exposed to that the parents may or may not be aware of.


A straightforward telling of a little boy's account of his trip to heaven.

Here's the thing. I'm willing to believe that this is the boy's true account of his true experience. I'm willing to believe that it supports his family's beliefs thoroughly. See, the night my dad's first wife died 300 miles away, she showed up at his bedside and talked to him. I believe that. A friend who had a liver transplant was greeted by two angels. I believe that, too. So why not believe this boy's account?

But it makes sense to me that what he experienced would be what he could understand, what his family could understand and hear, and what makes sense in his life, culture, and context. That doesn't mean it's the ONLY understanding of heaven and the afterlife. And the family doesn't claim that it is. But when the book has sold a million copies (so it says on the cover), I get concerned about how people are hearing the message.

I somehow doubt that a four year old Muslim child in the Middle East would have conniptions at people's funerals because he needs to know if they "know Jesus." And the boy's account of meeting Pop (his grandfather who died before he was born) sparks the family into telling unknown stories about Pop having "found Jesus" just two days before he died. Why can't he just be in heaven because he was a deeply good man who did right? And it's all well and good that there will be a fight against Satan and "the men will have swords and the women and children will be behind them," but let me tell you... if our children are threatened, almost every mother I know will be standing in the front line to defend them. 'Cause it's not like the men around us are somehow already proficient at sword-fighting, y'know? The boy in the story was given an experience that fits his family, community, and church, and I believe him. But I don't think it's the be all and end all of what comes next.

Out of the mouths of babes

Unbelievable story. A must read.

life changing

This book will change the way you look at life


If only we could all have the unquestionable faith of little children... We all need a little encouragement sometimes, and this book does that. I keep thinking about it. The author's (dad's) correlations of his son's statements with Bible verses was interesting and intriguing. If you don't believe in God, or heaven, or hell, read this book.

life changing

This book may change your life

Heaven is for real: real touching

Always interested in other-worldly topics, I loved this book. I especially appreciated it as a parent who also has struggled with seeing my kids suffer and asking 'why'? I liked hearing how another parent (the author) tried to understand what his very young child experienced without putting words into his mouth. Amazing what this kid "sees'' on his brief visit to heaven. Quick read, too. Worth it!

Inspiring Book

Heaven Is For Real is a very inspiring book that taugh me a lot about Heaven and the amazing faith of little children.

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