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B is for Book Review – A Review About A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

Heaven is for RealIf Heaven did exist, what would it look like? This is an impossible question to ask without the asker scoffing skeptically at the possible response. I personally believe that there is something bigger than all of us out there (whatever that something is) just because it’s a nice thought to keep, but if someone were to actually tell me they knew something about Heaven that I didn’t, that they had a personal experience seeing the place through a dream or something similar, I would probably have a hard time believing them straight away.

So of course I’ve had my reservations when a friend of mine handed me her copy of Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent. She told me to give me a shot and to tell her what I thought about it when I finished reading it. This is my answer.

What’s In Heaven Is For Real

The book claims to be a real-life account of a young boy who catches a glimpse of heaven during a risky surgery. He recalls stepping out of his body, seeing the doctors operating on him, and witnessing his pastor father praying for his safety in the waiting room. He wakes up from his procedure with facts about Jesus and his horse, God and his chair, and his departed family members he could’ve have known otherwise, making me think “hmm…maybe he really did!”

My Take On The Book

I think it would have been better if it were written by the boy himself—it would surely make an inspiring children’s book that could portray Heaven as a magical place kids could think about. The fact that it was written from the boy’s pastor father’s point-of-view makes it a little bit contrived and preachy for my taste. In fact, only a small part of the book discussed the boy’s vision, with the majority of it almost reading out like a sermon of some sort. Although I have nothing against any religion, I think it would have been a more enjoyable read if the author stuck to the boy’s story, minus the fluff, and allowed me to form my own opinions about it.

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On the plus side, I like how the book touched a little bit on the power of prayer, which I believe to be true. The writing was okay at best—it was definitely a quick and easy read for me.

Bottom line is, I can only imagine what Heaven is like, if it did exist somewhere in the cosmos. I can’t call anyone who claims to have seen it personally a liar and have it be completely true, because in reality, who knows for sure? The book is and can be a heartwarming read for those who are looking for a story about Heaven and God. For skeptics out there, this might seem silly and contrived in the beginning, but you’ll be surprised to find yourself thinking deep and questioning thoughts in the end.

Have you read any good books lately?  What have you read?


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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "


  • I’d love to believe in heaven. People who have near death experiences all point to the same thing, so it can’t be coincidence. As you say, we’ll never know during our lifetime, but I anticipate my return home with acceptance.

  • I was disappointed in the book, as well as the interviews I watched. The boy seemed coached. The book seemed forced. I was hoping for more, I guess.

  • i havent read the book ,but have a family member ,who has. she said the book is great and recommended i read it.she was very pleased with it and says it does get your thoughts running.