There are a lot of books about faith, but few told from the perspective of a child. That’s what makes Heaven is for Real unique. What is considered the true account of a young boy’s eight minute experience in heaven has roused inspiration and speculation that has captured the eyes of the media over the past year.
Colton Burpo was four years old when his appendix burst, releasing poisonous fluid throughout his fragile body that nearly took the young boy’s life. As he teetered between life and death in a hospital bed, Colton claims he visited heaven. The experience was so vivid he was able to tell his parents exactly where they were and what they were doing while he was in the operating room under anesthesia.
Colton didn’t start talking openly about it until a year after the whole experience. Or perhaps it started sooner, but it took a year for his parents to catch the message he was trying to relay. After all, it isn’t every day your kid looks at you and says he met Jesus.
Heaven is for Real is an easy read that you can start and finish in a single afternoon. Which is good, because once you pick it up the chances are you won’t want to set it back down. Colton’s experience is heartwarming and illustrates a childlike faith that will capture the yearning inside of any seeker’s heart to believe with the boldness of a child, no matter how old you are.