Heaven is For Real is a beautifully written story about a childlike view of Jesus and heaven. I first saw this book on the bestsellers list, and when I read the description I knew I wanted to read and review it. From the time I picked up the book, I was unable to put it down. This book is an account of the details of the boy who saw heaven. The story captivated me and was filled with new discoveries on each chapter. It is well-written, both informational as well as entertaining. The focus of the book is a young boy’s memories of visiting heaven while he was seriously ill, and his father’s struggles with faith during the journey. As the boy continued to share his memories with his parents, and scripture confirmed what the child saw, the evidence became the title of the book: Heaven is For Real. It’s interesting to note the book was written many years after this experience, showing the author’s intent to educate and not profit from the story. As the boy and his family shared their story, more and more people were asking for the details of his heavenly visit. I highly recommend this book for a refreshing look at life beyond what we can see. For a more adult version of a similar story, I recommend 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper.
About the Authors: Todd Burpo is pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan, a wrestling coach, a volunteer fireman, and he operates a garage door company with his wife, Sonja, who is also a children’s minister, busy pastor’s wife, and mom. Colton, now an active 11-year-old, has an older sister Cassie and a younger brother Colby. The family lives in Imperial, Nebraska.
Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer of Same Kind of Different as Me and Going Rogue: An American Life. The author or co-author of nine books, Vincent is a senior writer for WORLD magazine and a lecturer in writing at the King’s College in New York City. She lives in San Diego, California.