Book Review: “Heaven is for Real”

Special to the Herald-Guide
July 14, 2011 at 11:39 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Ashley Folse
Ashley Folse
Reviewed by Ashley Folse

“Heaven is for Real,” written by Todd Burpo, tells the story of his young son who took a trip to heaven and back. Burpo, a pastor, describes their family’s journey through Nebraska in which they balanced prayer and the well-being of their children. After surviving a life-saving surgery, 4-year-old Colton spends the next few months telling his family about his experiences in heaven. His family does not know what to believe, but when Colton begins telling stories of events that happened before his birth, they know all is true. Years later, Burpo decided to write “Heaven is for Real” to give others inspiration. Colton proudly titled the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Heaven is for Real.” Burpo did an excellent job including small Bible excerpts into his story, while still holding my attention throughout Colton’s journey. I would recommend this book to any age or reading level. “Heaven is for Real” brings strength to the faithful and makes the faithless take note.


Ashley Folse is a junior in the academically gifted program at Hahnville High. She enjoys talented theatre, cross country and volunteering in the community.


Editor’s note: Book reviews are published weekly during the summer in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.


View other articles written Special to the Herald-Guide

featured merchant

Landry's Outboard Motors & Repairs Service
Landry's Outboard Motors & Repairs Service Over 25 Years of Quality Sales, Service and Repairs on YAMAHA, MERCURY, EVINRUDE and JOHNSON Motors.

HHS alum takes stage with Solange
HHS alum takes stage with Solange
In fall of last year, Charles Lumar didn't necessarily see himself performing in Paris alongside a celebrity singer - and yet there he was earlier this month, doing exactly that.

Become A Herald-Guide Insider

Get breaking news, sports and lifestyles straight to your inbox