A young boy's experience with heaven

When Colton Burpo was 3 years old, his appendix ruptured. Because the doctor did not correctly diagnose it, five days passed before another doctor operated. By then his body was filled with toxins. It was nip and tuck whether Colton would live. His father, the Rev. Todd Burpo, described that night at the hospital, sometimes raging, other times pleading with God to spare his son.

Colton lived. More importantly in the days and weeks that followed, Colton began describing to his parents what heaven was like — he went there, he told them, while he was in surgery.

A friend recently shared with me the book "Heaven is for Real" (Thomas Nelson publishers, 192 pages). In it, Todd Burpo does not describe his son’s experience as dying. Rather, Todd correlates it to similar experiences in the Bible where people experienced heaven without dying.

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