Heaven is for Real is proclaimed to be a true story about a little boy named Colton Burpo who went to heaven and came back to share his story. It is told by Colton’s father Todd Burpo who is a pastor of a Wesleyan church in Imperial, Nebraska. A paragraph from the back of the book sums it up nicely:
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.
This book has become very popular, so my review may not be very popular; nevertheless, I will be honest in my opinion of the book. The style of writing was descent but certainly nothing to rave about. The story was interesting but the writer never really pulled me in. I never had a problem putting the book down (which is why it took so long to read).
Furthermore, I have a very hard time believing the “facts” of the story because I don’t believe they are Biblical. There are several issues that I have with the story but let me deal specifically with one. Colton tells his parents that he sees God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit while he is in heaven. This is directly opposed to what John sees in his vision of the city in Revelation 4
Revelation 4:1-2 After this I looked, and, behold, a door [was] opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard [was] as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and [one] sat on the throne.
John saw ONE throne and ONE sitting on the throne, and His name is Jesus. Therefore, I do not believe the story of Colton Burpo.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”