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Publisher's Note:

A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven. Heaven Is for Real 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 com…

Overall Book Review:

Heaven is for Real is a feel-good book and a quick read.  It will warm your heart and probably squeeze a few tears from your eyes.

Todd Burpo, Colton’s father, manages to portray the innocence of his you son’s story while including insights that he and his wife had as Colton slowly, over time, told them about his experience.  It was very interesting to me how Todd tried to satisfy his burning curiosity about what his son had seen while striving to steer clear of asking leading questions.  I think, for the most part, Burpo did a good job of capturing Colton’s memories of heaven without letting his own ideas color the story.

The writing in Heaven is for Real is nothing fancy, but the essence of this book is not about the elegance of the writing, it’s about the message of hope and love that the Burop family shares with us.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Thomas Nelson

Content Analysis:

 Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Detailed description of a leg injury with multiple broken bones, no blood mentioned; detailed description of a surgery site with tubes etc. for draining pus.

Sex/Nudity:  None

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I have learned through the years that what I read has a strong impact on the way I feel and how I look at life. I have learned to be wise about what I read. As a mother of four, I try to encourage my kids to choose good books. I try to help them to find favorite authors and explore new genres.