#1 New York Times best-seller with more than 11 million copies sold and Amazon’s #17 best-selling book of all time. Heaven Is for Real was the best-selling non-fiction book of 2011 as reported by Nielsen’s Bookscan, and was developed as a major motion picture by Sony in 2014.
“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.
Continue the Burpo’ s story in Heaven Changes Everything: The Rest of Our Story. Heaven Is for Real also is available in Spanish, El cielo es real.
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A truly inspiring book, heart felt and a must read!!
Wow is the first word that springs to mind having just finished reading this wonderful book within 48 hours. I couldn't put it down.
An Inspiring story written by an everyday genuine family who helped me realise that everyday life and it's struggles happen regardless of whether you are a pastor or not.
As a father myself the story of how carlton lay in the hospital lifeless broke my heart but I admire the strength and courage of the family.
Carlton opens your heart and mind when he talks about heaven, Jesus, God and people we have lost or may never have known who are waiting for us. He gives detailed descriptions and gets your mind wondering and wanting to know more.
I feel inspired by reading this book and would highly recommend it to anybody.
Heaven is for Real
This book is so real the best out of all the others. The real blessing of God.
Inspiring and touching
Lovely, inspiring and touching. I think God does this to encourage us down here. He knows we need to visualise heaven. Thanks to the Burpo family for being brave and telling this story. Can’t wait to meet y’all there!