Heaven is For Real Book Review

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.

My Amazon Rating 5/5

Author Christine Abraham

Founder and Ministry Director of the Womens Bible Cafe™ since 2009, Christine has led 60+ online Bible Studies for women. She completed a Graduate of Biblical Studies from Liberty University. She's an inspired writer, Amazon Top Reviewer and Blogger Follow on Facebook

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  • Sarah says:

    I work in a library and as this book is popular it came in and I glanced at it and was quite interested until I read tha part about people having wings. I don’t agree with this either. I’m not doubting he saw something and I believe God can and does show us glimpses of our permanent home but I can’t accept this story as one of them.

  • Kathleen says:

    I wondered about the wings and also the description of Jesus. It doesn’t match the description in Revelation 1: 12-16. Jesus has hair white as snow and a golden sash.

    • Christine says:

      The more I’ve thought about this book, the more I think the young boy had a spiritual dream. In his dream, people had wings. This is how his childlike mind was able to recognize that he was viewing heaven. It’s my personal opinion.

  • Kathy hickey says:

    I have a granddaughter in heaven, so of course, I loved the book, but WINGS? He said people have wings in heaven…I don’t think that’s biblical, is it? We don’t become angels! That’s the only thing that bothered me. I loved how he saw the grandfather he never met and was able to pick him out in a picture later!

    • Christine says:

      I’m in agreement with you on the wings. I ordered the book Heaven by John Piper, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  • Christine says:

    Here is a Today Show interview with the boy who saw heaven:


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