I am a born-again Christian who has been taught the Biblical view of heaven – what it is and what it will be – through church and school for my entire life. And I have to be completely honest here: reading the book “Heaven is for Real” by Nebraska Pastor Todd Burpo left me both confused and curious.
Not long after surviving an emergency appendectomy in 2003, four-year-old Colton Burpo told his parents that he’d died briefly during surgery and had actually gone to heaven. Colton’s parents, Todd and Sonja, are of course taken by surprise, especially when Colton reveals that he had been able to look down on them both, seeing them in different areas of the hospital as they cried and prayed for him – something that was completely true yet downright impossible for Colton to have seen while lying unconscious on an operating table. Over the next weeks, months, and years Colton continues to divulge more details into his heavenly experience, and although Todd is able to back up the majority of Colton’s words with Scripture, both he and Sonja are consistently taken aback with each bit of information. From everyone having wings and not being old (even if they died at an old age) to meeting both his great-grandfather and the baby girl his mother had miscarried – neither of whom Colton had met because they’d died prior to his birth – Colton’s stories of heaven become more and more intense as time goes by. And by the end of the book, Colton informs Todd that he will be fighting in the Battle of Armageddon someday.
My confusion with this book lay in the fact that although Todd Burpo was able to back Colton’s claims up with Scripture, some of what Colton saw simply didn’t mesh with what I was taught in church and school. However, this sparked a curiosity in me to do my own research. It’s been awhile since I’ve really delved into Scripture so I’d most likely be doing myself a favor – and hopefully strengthening my faith in the process – by looking up the passages to back up Colton’s claims myself.
However, let me say this: I did enjoy reading “Heaven is for Real” and would definitely recommend it to fellow Christians. The book is a mere 154 pages so it is a quick read, and this book WILL make you think.
My copy of Heaven is for Real was provided free of charge from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.