I got a copy of this book last 2012. And I remember I was able to finish it in a few days. I saw the copy again inside our bookshelf and read it once more.
I got goosebumps all over my skin once again while reading some entries in the book. I can’t help but shed a few tears as well. The book is a true story of a nearly four-year-old boy’s accounts on his visit to heaven.
Colton is the name of the boy. He lives in a small town in Nebraska. And the author of the book is Colton’s father, Todd, a pastor, with a little help from Lyn Vincent, a professional writer. Colton underwent an emergency appendectomy at nearly age four. During the surgery, he slipped from consciousness and entered heaven.
The people he met in heaven.
In heaven, he met God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He saw Angel Gabriel who sits on a throne on the left side of God the Father. He had a glimpse of Mama Mary as well who kneels before the throne of God and at times, stands beside Jesus. He also met his great-grandfather Pop who died 30 years before the little boy Colton was born. He had a conversation with his miscarried little sister as well. Her little sister doesn’t have a name, though, she said their parents never gave her a name. What’s more, there are many children in heaven and God loves them so much. There are no old people in heaven, too, and everyone has wings and a halo — all except Jesus.
Things he saw in heaven.
The little boy described that in heaven, Jesus has a horse and the horse is rainbow-colored. There are big rainbows as well and their colors are not contained in seven only. In heaven, there is a golden gate with many pearls on it. He also described how big God is and how He fits in his golden chair. He relayed to his parents too that Jesus has a sash and marks on his palms and feet (wounds from the crucifixion).
Three minutes in heaven
Colton stayed in heaven for three minutes which seemed to be longer from a heavenly perspective.
The first time they heard of Colton’s story
Four months later after the emergency surgery on Colton, the Burpo family were traveling when Todd reminded his son that they were very near the hospital where he had been treated. The little boy made an off-the-cuff remark, “Yes, it is where the angels sang to me.” Thus began a long series of “beyond belief” revelations that stretched over a period of several years.
As mentioned earlier, Heaven is For Real is a true story of Colton. Colton had a near-death experience. He disclosed things which indeed rocked his parents to the max. He started his story with an accurate description of what happened during the surgery — he went up out of his body, he looked down and saw the doctor working on his body. He saw his dad in a little room by himself, praying while his mother was in a different room, and she was praying and talking on the phone.
In the years following the little boy’s heavenly encounter, Todd was very interested in having Colton describe Jesus. He showed to Colton many drawings and paintings of Jesus but the little boy would only say no. Nearly three years after the emergency appendectomy, Todd showed to Colton a portrait of Jesus painted by a young Lithuanian girl named Akiane, who likewise claims to have visited heaven at age four. “That one’s right,” was the response of Colton.
Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo and Lyn Vincent is a nice read. I recommend everyone to grab or borrow a copy. The book personally caused me to imagine what heaven might be like. The book inspired me to do good for me to go up to heaven and see for myself God’s beautiful blue eyes.
So do I believe in Colton’s story? More than anything else, the book not just gave me a wonderful glimpse of what lies ahead for BELIEVERS but reassured me that 1) there is a place called heaven, 2) Jesus really loves children, and 3) we should be ready for the coming last battle.