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A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven. Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear. Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us. Told by the father, but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.

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Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Average rating
4.2 / 5
Non-fiction?
November 17th, 2015
Why do you call this book non-fiction? Is anyone buying it after the family admitted it to be a fraud?
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What!?
September 30th, 2015
NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¡!
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Heaven is for real
September 16th, 2015
Its ok. I did enjoy it, but at times I found it a bit too much. Entire book you knew where it was heading, so no big highs.
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Heaven is real
September 14th, 2015
Glad I got it on sale for a couple of dollars. I do not recommend it. It could be told in two short chapters.
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loved the book like i did the movie
September 9th, 2015
read it in a day I loved this book. it gives lift and optimism that is much needed in this world. just a good story of someone else and their experiences
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BEST BOOK I READ!
August 26th, 2015
THIS BOOK WAS JUST A MIRACLE DONE BY GOD! ITS A AMAZING MIRACLE AND JUST PROOF THAT HEAVAN IS REAL!.
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Heaven is for real
July 22nd, 2015
I bought this book after a friend of mine read it . A special and touching story, family story that makes you believe that miracles happen and heaven exists.
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Heaven is for real
April 26th, 2015
This book touched me in many ways, and also confirmed something that I saw a while ago ....I saw my mom and other sister in heaven.
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Awesome
April 20th, 2015
Heaven is for Real and Jesus is coming back again real soon! This book really makes heaven more visual.
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3 of 6 people found this helpful
Faked
April 8th, 2015
This kid admitted, a few months ago now, that he made the whole thing up. This book should not be listed as non-fiction but fiction. It boarders on religious propaganda and before you get all tied up in a not by this heathen and his 'point of view', what if this was a book that had a Jewish or Muslim or Hindu or (add in any religion you wish) message instead of Christianity? How would your view of such a book be once the story teller admitted they made the whole thing up? Would you want it to be sold in what is suppose to be a secular bookstore? To be fair you either pull the book, or add similar books of all religions and give everybody a chance to propagate their beliefs equally. At the very least list it as Fiction.
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Heaven is for real
April 6th, 2015
Beautiful story! Through the innocence of a child vision. This is an easy read and I found it quite interesting.
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Want to read
March 29th, 2015
My friend read a bit during a book share, it was mazing, i really want to read, beware was told it would be very heart warming...<3
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2 of 3 people found this helpful
Heaven is for Real
March 6th, 2015
I couldn't put this book down. It brought me peace and comfort and validated my thoughts and confirmed my beliefs. Thank you Todd for sharing your story!
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8 of 9 people found this helpful
Heaven Is for Real
February 25th, 2015
This is a very ineresting read. My husband died recently and my sister-in-law suggested that I read this book. I have always believed that there is something after death but was never sure what. This book has offered a little boy's impressions of Heaven. I wonder if an adult would experience the same impressions of Heavven or if Heaven would be presented in a totally different way. An adult has pre-conceived opions and probably different ideas of what Heaven means to them. This book opens the door to other questions about life after death. I really enjoyed this book.
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4 of 6 people found this helpful
Hope
February 6th, 2015
Excellent! This book is an authentic account of a young boy's recollections of heaven. A few new revelations are revealed that give hope for the eternal life.
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10 of 19 people found this helpful
an abusive father who made his son lie for profit
January 19th, 2015
A pandering book that takes advantage of peoples desire for heaven. A false story pushed by a father who took advantage of his son to make money off of other people's hopes.
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3 of 6 people found this helpful
Must Read
January 18th, 2015
Beautiful, tissues need, reaferming, lovingly written, my faith and love of jesus increase 10 fold..
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4 of 8 people found this helpful
Heaven is for real
January 16th, 2015
Very good book, really comforting, having beliefs in this sort of life anyway just made it for me.
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The best on heaven
January 12th, 2015
I loved this book, So well writen you feel the emotions and see Colten interact with his parents just like any child, When he corrects hs Dad I can almost hear and see his expresstions, Like you should know this Dad,
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1 of 2 people found this helpful
Meaningful Read
November 18th, 2014
Definitely an easy read. Very touching and lots to think about and question personal faith.
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4 of 5 people found this helpful
A must read
November 5th, 2014
those who doubt will enlighten and those who believe will aspire to life-of-eternity.
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Heaven is for Real
November 3rd, 2014
A blessed book that God has sent us through the Burpo family that Heaven is real. A story that gives us hope.
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Heaven is real
October 31st, 2014
Thank you for sharing. Thank you for sharing.
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1 of 4 people found this helpful
Heaven is for real????
October 31st, 2014
No stars. Who wrote and published this book. It seems to me it was written to justify and excuse parents beliefs and cover up and hide from their own irresponsible choices made on the child's behalf. It is part of apocalyptic thinking that soothes the souls of citizens whose governments attack and kill other people's innocent and often helpless children, mothers and fathers. Heaven is where we could live if love, compassion, tolerance combined with life, air, water, and mother earth were sacred trusts for future generations. Do not waste your time. Hauntings by James Hollis is a far more worthy choice on salvation and being at peace with your soul.
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Heaven is real
October 15th, 2014
Comforting tthe assurance that it is all real..
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Heaven is for real.
October 10th, 2014
An amazing, joyful story that is well written and finished before you know it. I cannot mark it closed as I know I will keep going back. Truly uplifting.
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Heaven is for real
September 27th, 2014
Wonderful book, easy read, loved it!
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Heaven IS for real
September 3rd, 2014
Amazing book... can't wait to watch the movie!
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Heaven is For Real
August 14th, 2014
Believable and heart rending what this family has gone through.
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Heaven is for real
August 8th, 2014
A very interesting read. I recommend reading with an open mind
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Loved it!
July 31st, 2014
Great book, great information and great detail! Loved it:)
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Amazing story
July 27th, 2014
One of the best book that I ever read
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Heaven is for Real
July 27th, 2014
Very inspiring especially from a child's point of view
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Heaven is For Real
July 20th, 2014
Love this story!
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Must read
July 17th, 2014
Whether you are a believer in God or not, you should read this book. I think just understanding God's love and mercy will open your mind and heart.
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Heaven is for Real
June 27th, 2014
I loved this book! After losing my Pops last month, it was a great comfort to hear of the details Colton experienced in heaven. It brings heaven to life as a real tangible place. I am no longer fearful of death, but excited to see heaven for myself when my time comes! An easy, uplifting read!
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Heaven is for real
June 17th, 2014
Awesome book. If you have ever wondered about Heaven before reading this book you will wonder less afterwards.
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Love it
June 1st, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. Confirmed what I already thought about heaven. Can't wait to see the movie.
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Heaven, it's for real!
May 28th, 2014
I've always believed that when I die, all my departed pet dogs will greet me at heaven's pearly gates. :D
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Le ciel ça existe pour de vrai
May 12th, 2014
Comment le trouver en français
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1 of 3 people found this helpful
Le ciel ça existe pour de vrai
May 12th, 2014
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Heave is for Real
May 8th, 2014
What a wonderful down to earth story. I now look forward to reuniting either my family and friends when I arivr in Heaven!
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Quick read
May 4th, 2014
New perspective on heaven good quick read
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Heaven is for Real
May 1st, 2014
Great read. Enjoyed it
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Heaven is for Real
April 30th, 2014
Fascinating! You won't be able to put this book down 'til you finish reading it!
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Heaven is for real.
April 27th, 2014
Offers hope and knowledge t believers and nonbelievers alike. I have shared with Christian friends and am trying to get people I know who don't have the spirit to read this. I can't wait to see the movie this week!
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A mystery
April 27th, 2014
Very thought provoking.
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Heaven is for real
April 27th, 2014
About my 10th reading...love it each time!
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Heaven sent! ♥
April 27th, 2014
Truly amazing, wonderful account of Colton's visit to Heaven and told by the truthful innocence through a child's perspective. Loved the book and anxious to see the movie! ♥
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I BELIEVE
April 27th, 2014
It brings shivers ...AWESOME
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Happy, uplifting story!
April 25th, 2014
It made me cry as well as smile. A great read.
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Hope for us
April 21st, 2014
Truly heart warming and insight into what's in-store for us
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Excellent
April 14th, 2014
Thank you Colton for giving me something to look forward to at the end of my journey here.
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Heaven is for Real
April 14th, 2014
Touching, meaningful, encouraging story.
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Can I come to?
April 12th, 2014
I was awestruck from the title! This book made me cry from beginning to end, thank you for sharing your remarkable story!!!
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Eye opener!
April 11th, 2014
This book was an unreal experience. I'm not a religious person but this story has given me faith
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Heaven is for Real
April 10th, 2014
Awesome book. Gives you something to look forward too.
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Heaven is for Real
April 10th, 2014
Awesome book. Gives you something to look forward too.
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Heaven Is For Real
April 9th, 2014
Wow, that about sums it up.
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Very inspirational!
April 9th, 2014
This was a well written book on account of a little boy's visit to Heaven and back. His innocence charm and way of telling his parents that he was in Heaven when he was under for surgery. No matter what one believes in the afterlife or in God, this book is just a narration of a little boy's vision of Heaven. Whether you need spiritual uplifting and want to sort of not be in fear of death, then this little book will help you. I say "little" because it's a little boy's perspective of Heaven but the meaning can touch our lives in a big way. This book will not disappoint. I read some reviews where a lot of people think it's a pastor's way of preaching to have new believers through this medium of a book. Keep an open mind and maybe you will feel your heart uplifted. I know there is a movie version coming out soon this year maybe it will impact so many people n various ways. But this book made me feel that I don't have to be afraid of death. I believe in Heaven and God and Jesus even before reading this. The only impact I had with this was "wow, this little boy said so much with a lot of innocence." Enjoy the Burpos journey through a little boy's perspective of Heaven.
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A great message, told by a boy
April 8th, 2014
A great little read....with an uplifting story. I'm excited to see the movie. God Bless :)
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Heaven is for Real
April 6th, 2014
Very interesting book,insight into a child's view of heaven,I enjoyed it very much.
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Heaven
April 3rd, 2014
Very good book!! The picture of Prince of Peace is Beautiful!!!
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Heaven is for Real
March 19th, 2014
Great book and easy to read... Definitely a must read! It really got me thinking of heaven from a different perspective. Not sure if all the details of heaven are accurate, but I believe that something supernatural or even a miracle happened.
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Intresting but short
February 21st, 2014
Intresting book simply written though I was expecting more detail . You do wonder if the environment that the boy has been brought up in had some influence in his experiences and if his parents were reading too much into his statements.
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Breathtaking
February 15th, 2014
Definitely worth the read. Amazing story!
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Ineresting
February 14th, 2014
Interesting book, but I think I have more questions now then I did before I read this book.
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Heaven is for Real
February 6th, 2014
This is one of the most candid books I have ever rea d. How can you doubt the little boy Colton when he tells of his account in heaven as a matter of fact over a couple of years.
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heaven is for Real
February 1st, 2014
If nothing else, take it from a child. This book is narrated by the father of the boy with the account of a visit to Heaven given by the 3/4 year old boy. This boy blows minds with his info account if the savior, God the Power of God, and heaven. It is truly worth the read and links the reader up to another 7 year old's account of the heaven and the Savior Jesus Christ.
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Interesting recounting
January 30th, 2014
This will make you believe if you were having doubts, but it seemed a little too wordy for me. Still interesting.
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January 27th, 2014
This was an eye opening book for me, and I loved it. A very good read if you're questioning the after life. I plan on reading it again, and I don't normally read a book multiple times, very good!
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January 26th, 2014
Amazing story... What an incredible experience! That little boy is blessed!
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January 26th, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. It was rather enlightening. I am looking forward to seeing the movie this year.
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January 26th, 2014
This was well written and provided a great read. It certainly open your eyes up to the possibilty of things beyond the grave. A book that could start a lot of very strong discussions.
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January 26th, 2014
I LOVED THIS BOOK. THERE ARE SO MANY QUESTIONS SURROUNDING DEATH AND AFTERLIFE THIS PARTICULAR BOOK MADE ME FEEL VERY CALM ABOUT MY LOVED ONES
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January 26th, 2014
I absolutely LOVED this book!! It makes you realise that we dont know everything about our world or the next and somethings may surprise us.
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January 26th, 2014
Great book. This is not the first book of this type I have read. Just because we can't see something doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
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January 26th, 2014
The story of Colton and his experiences in heaven are fascinating and allow us the opportunity to also experience it through the eyes and ears of this little child.
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January 26th, 2014
This book is a real eye-opener directly from the innocent view of a child. It has re-awakened in me an awareness of a Real Higher-Power and possibilities of an afterlife. Written in every-day language this book would be a good read for kids 10 and up.
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January 26th, 2014
I found this book very inspirational. I read it in three sittings because I wanted to find out what was going to be revealed next. This book helped me get closer to God and that's one of the many reasons I really love it!
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January 26th, 2014
A feel good story which makes us realize that miracles can happen. The family works together to be with their little boy when he gets sick and with the help of God the boy is healthy again. The boy goes on to tell stories of his time in Heaven and we are able to visualize this which is wonderful. If you believe in the Holy Spirit and God, this book is worthwhile reading.
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9 of 11 people found this helpful
January 26th, 2014
The book is heartwarming and faith strengthening. I had my 13 year old daughter read it and she said that if everyone read this book there would be no no doubt in anyone's mind that heaven really IS for real!@
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January 26th, 2014
I found it to be a enjoyable book.
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January 25th, 2014
Astonishing and inspirational book that not only provides proof to believers but indubitable facts to non-believers. Truly transforms the way one looks at life, death, and everything in between. Filled with many humorous, suspenseful, and astonishing moments, Heaven is for Real is an unforgettable book and a must read for all.
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January 25th, 2014
Very well written and opens your mind to beliefs.
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January 25th, 2014
An amazing story of what is possible & glad that they have made a movie & I hope the movie can live up to the book as not all do.
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January 25th, 2014
Even for someone who is not necessarily a "believer", I found this story to be so inspirational and a beautiful tale. I have recommended it to so many! It touches your heart.
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January 25th, 2014
Thought this book was very honest about the emoitions family members go throw when ,a child is seriously ill or seriously injured . There comes a time when we all have to deal with life and death events we have no control over. This book not only brings honesty and truth,but Hope there is a life of purpose after this one..
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January 25th, 2014
This is a wonderful book ! Really makes one stop and think .... What really happens after life on earth !! Really enjoyed this book
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January 25th, 2014
One of the best books on the subject that I've read. I was concerned at first when I realized that the boy's father was a minister and that he had been raised hearing stories of heaven and Jesus all his life, but once I started reading it became apparent that the father approached the story in a thoughtful, logical fashion and wrote a touching story that left me inspired.
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January 25th, 2014
I am not sure about this book. The imagery is beautiful and I do so hope that there is this wonderful afterlife filled with peace and joy. And, there seems to be no logical explanation for Todd's experience, so maybe there is a heaven after all. But there is a great part of me that is sceptical and leaves me unsettled. Then again, maybe that is a very good thing, a book that leads to discussion.
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January 25th, 2014
Great read! Had chills a number of times reading this! God love all the children of the world! This story will not disappoint!
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January 25th, 2014
I had purchased this book, with the intention to read it during a long flight recently. I had read the book from start to finish before I even boarded the plane. My interest was peeked at the title alone. The first words grabbed my attention and kept me throughout the entire book. This is a story that is unbelievably believable and told with simplistic child-like trust in it's clarity of a real encounter with heaven, that only one who has experienced it can tell. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a boost of encouragement that God is intimately involved in this world and in the life of heaven to come.
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January 25th, 2014
An amazing story that inspires hope in God and heaven
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January 25th, 2014
This is a very interesting perspective from such a young man. I found his story very compelling - whether you believe in an after life or not.
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January 25th, 2014
I enjoyed this book from the start, it was a story well told and interesting. I found it hard to put down as I wanted to read what happened next. It was interesting having the photos in the book as well. as it gave an image of the family. I await the coming of the movie. I would recommend it to anyone that has an interest in life after death.
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January 25th, 2014
It makes for interesting speculation on what heaven could be like, but left me speculating on how the father may have planted the ideas into the boys mind or be making the whole story up to spin a money making tale.
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January 25th, 2014
A wonderful book... Renewed my fairb
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January 25th, 2014
The most awe inspiring book I have ever read!
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January 25th, 2014
THIS BOOK WAS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING AND INTERESTING A GOOD READ. THE AUTHOR REALLY CAPTURED THE INNOCENSE OF THE CHILDS VIEW OF HEAVEN AND DEATH
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