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Heaven is for Real

“We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.” – Acts 14:16 NIV Version

In March of 2003, Todd and Sonja Burpo were living a nightmare. Their then four-year-old son, Colton, had suffered a burst appendix and developed a life-threatening infection. Doctors told the Burpos that surgery was Colton’s only option.

Four-Year-Old Goes to Heaven and Back

Colton narrowly survived the surgery. His survival, while miraculous, was not as spectacular as the journey he took while doctors worked to save his life -; while Colton’s body was in surgery, his consciousness ascended to Heaven.

Months after the surgery, when the family drove by the hospital in which he had stayed, Colton mentioned that angels had sung to him in Heaven. He described his experience in great detail. He had spoken to the archangels Gabriel and Michael. He had seen God’s throne.

At first, the Burpos were skeptical. But then, Colton started to describe things he shouldn’t have known about.

Colton accurately described his parents’ actions while he was in surgery. He talked about meeting his grandfather, who had died 30 years earlier. He revealed that he had met a sister who had been miscarried — except his parents hadn’t told Colton about the child they had lost prior to his birth.

Todd Burpo, who has co-written a book, “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back,” about his son’s experience, was astounded when his son’s story matched up with scripture. For example, Colton mentioned several images that appear in the Book of Revelation.

Now eleven, Colton is a happy and healthy sixth-grader, who still regales his family with things he remembers from his otherworldly experience. His tale only has only become richer and more detailed as he ages and learns how to better express what he has seen.

“We have all accepted the truth of Colton’s witness,” said Todd. “As we read the Bible and hear Colton say over and over again, ‘yeah, that’s the way it is,’ [it] affects us all.”

You can read about Colton’s experience in Heaven by reading the book “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back.” Visit for more information.

“And Hiram added: “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth!” 2 Chronicles 2:12

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