REVIEW: Heaven is for Real

A little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back.

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It’s not often that you can have a first hand account of what life after death is like. In the book “Heaven Is for Real” by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent, a three year old boy, named Colton Burpo, with Appendicitis dies and goes to heaven only to meet God’s son himself. Throughout the book Colton tells stories of his real accounts of supernatural experiences with past family members. The book is narrated by his father, as he recollects all of the events that Colton experienced.

I really like how the book is set up this way because it offers many opportunities for the reader to connect with more characters rather than just having Colton himself tell his story. From this point of view, it shows how an older adult figure would comprehend and evaluate the situation of his son dying, going to heaven and coming back to life.

The manner in which the book leads up to Colton’s death is fitting and appropriately written. This death is told through the father’s voice, once again. The father explains how Colton was acting after returning from heaven and some of the decisions he made in order to save his child’s life.

The story goes to show that perhaps there is something after death: life. This is a heart-warming and thrilling novel that will leave the reader questioning life.

“Heaven is for Real” is a recommended read for young-adults and older. The novel will take its audience on a suspenseful adventure that will make the reader want to flip through all the pages and never want to set the book down.