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Review: Heaven is for Real for Kids

February 10, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Heaven is For Real for Kids is an amazing first-hand account of the reality of heaven filled with more truth than you’ll find in any science textbook. It is a fitting addition to any home-school parent’s arsenal, as it is a first person account of truth, more real than any theory so-called scientists have ever made up by digging around in the dirt. I believe this book is inappropriately labeled a children’s book when it should fall squarely under nonfiction, in the TRUTH section.

So is Santa Claus

Colton Burpo has done this world a great service by bringing this story back from the other side with such precise details, and Todd Burpo has given this world an incredible gift by not dismissing Colton’s story, as so many parents would, as the delusional ramblings of a four year old, or as the result of an overactive imagination from the son of a fundamentalist Christian pastor. We are blessed that Todd Burpo had the strength to buy everything Colton said, hook, line, and sinker. What a blessing!

The facts in this book chill me to the bone! Now we know, without a doubt, the fate of anyone going under general anesthesia. They go to heaven! Temporarily! You see, tiny Colton had a burst appendix because of his or his parents’ sin (we aren’t told which), and he is taken to the hospital to be operated upon. This is where the story picks up; when an angel swoops down to bring him to heaven for an afternoon of revelation.

Heaven is for Real for Kids was directed and approved by Colton, so we know we can trust the illustrations in the book to be TRUTH. The Bible speaks of Jesus and crowns in heaven, and we now know what Jesus’ crown looks like. The King of Kings’ crown is remarkably similar to the King of Burgers’ crown. Praise Him!

It’s also worth noting that God is probably still as appalled by your naughty bits in heaven as he is on earth. All the illustrations approved by Colton show that the people and angels in heaven all wear the same white Snuggie, draped with a sash colored with one of the colors of the rainbow. It’s clear that Jesus doesn’t want anyone wandering around heaven with their tally-whacker or dirty pillows flopping around for all the angels to see. We get to bring our modesty to heaven, where God will reward us with perfect bodies that we can hide from everyone!

Colton sees all sorts of people in heaven. I was amazed that he saw King David and Samson in heaven. They weren’t even Christians! They could never have believed in Jesus or said the sinners prayer, yet there they were, hanging out with Colton. This is ground-breaking stuff! I always thought the Jews had it wrong and only Christians were allowed into heaven! We may have to rethink some of our theology, but that’s how good science is done: go where Jesus leads you for the evidence!

Another remarkable thing Colton saw was his older sister. Colton’s older sister was never born, she was a miscarriage. And she’s in heaven! This has vast implications. If all the aborted and miscarried fetuses are in heaven, this is great news! What’s more, is that if you extrapolate just a little bit, you realize that life doesn’t necessarily begin at conception, but it begins when two living cells, the sperm and the egg, join together. I may be going out on a limb, but if zygotes and blastocysts can make it into heaven, what’s to say that wasted eggs and sperm don’t get to heaven as well? This is great news! I’m in my mid-thirties, and I’ve been jerking off ever since I figured out how. And I mean a lot. How exciting is it going to be when I get to heaven and come face to face with all those billions upon billions of unrealized children that I thought were wasted in a tissue! What a joyous reunion we’ll have! They must be having a grand time right now in heaven, partying with Jesus, even as I write this!

Colton Burpo is very clear in the book that heaven is a very real, very physical place. He presents some very astounding things in the book which boggle my mind. For instance, everyone has wings except, oddly enough, Jesus, who just has a horse with homosexual rainbow hair color. He says that people can use the wings to fly if they want to, but if you inspect the pictures diagramming peoples’ wings, it’s easy to spot that the physical structure of the wings would be far too fragile for regular use. Or would they? People thought the same thing here on earth about bumblebees, that their wings were far too fragile for flight, until it was found that they just flap their wings super fast to achieve a hovering state. Imagine how much faster people in heaven must have to flap their wings in order to remain aloft! Imagine how much faster still the typical fat-ass American will have to flap their wings to keep their flabby bellies in the air. God is Great!

Halos 'n shit

And if you wrongly thought angelic wings were only the fever-induced dream of the schizophrenic author of the Book of Revelation, you’ll also be surprised to learn that circular halos hovering above the head are one hundred percent absolute fact! Take a look at Colton’s picture above. Everyone has halos! Even the upside-down guy on the left has one and it’s still hovering inches from his cranium despite gravity. Creepy! I don’t see any steel rods jammed into their skulls so I’m assuming God’s using another one of his unexplainable tricks: Magnets! How do they work?

If, like me, you thought it was crazy that God allowed a few Jews into heaven, get ready for this: Colton played with elephants and kangaroos in heaven! I thought C.S. Lewis was out of his gourd when he portrayed Jesus as an actual lion in the Narnia books, but apparently, that’s all true too! Animals also need to accept Jesus into their hearts! This must be especially joyous for animals that have multiple hearts. The squid has three hearts! Triple the Jesus! Lucky!

I told you the horse was gay

One of the themes that keeps coming up is that, in heaven, rank is determined by size. Colton describes the more important angels as being as tall as giants. One of them carries around a flaming sword that’s reportedly as big as Colton’s father. I bet Colton’s mom would disagree with that!

The most important one in heaven, and the largest in stature, is of course, God the Father. Colton visits the cold and sterile throne room of the Trinity, reporting that it’s his favorite place. To me, the thrones just look unnecessary and uncomfortable, but the same can be said of English royalty. It’s probably just God’s way of looking down on us, something he must do regularly because, at his size, we are about as small as kittens. Boy, no wonder Mary lived life as a virgin! After taking something the size of the Holy Wang, she probably couldn’t walk for days!

From here, we can almost see up God's Snuggie!

This dispels yet another myth for me. I was always under the impression that God sat on an Aeron chair. Thanks for the clarification, Colton! Now we know that the three Gods sit in straight-backed uncomfortable chairs with no padding, and that the Holy Spirit sits awkwardly to the left of God and Jesus. He always gets the shaft! And, he doesn’t even get a Burger King crown to wear; just a shitty magnetic halo hoop like any old angel.

Truly, this is the Chair of the Gods

I don’t want to ruin the book for anyone, so if you don’t want to know the ending, stop here. Spoiler Alert!

Colton doesn’t die! Ever! He’s just unconscious for a little while as the doctors perform surgery to save his life Jesus miraculously and inexplicably saves his life! He brings back great tidings of joy and the never before heard message that – wait for it – Jesus really, really loves children! It’s just that ridiculously simple. Or, more aptly, simply ridiculous!

Disclaimer: unwittingly provided me with this book in exchange for a review. It seems to be a website for Christian-only books and reviewers. Let’s see how long I last before they catch on.

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  1. February 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    The amazing thing is people will actually buy this book and it will become a bestseller. I can imagine if I wrote a book like this for little atheist children….I would get my 15 minutes of infamy in the public’s eye.

  2. Rob
    February 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

    That was the funniest thing I’ve read all day. I love me some good blasphemy. Bonus points for the in character sarcasm & satire. Quck question – I came to your blog via your PRK Adventure posts – which I’m planning on later this year – and am in the same situation as you re: kickboxing/MMA/contact sports, so about how long did it take before you could get back to sparring & drilling? Thanks!

    • chad
      February 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Thanks! You know, I never really got back into kickboxing after my PRK surgery. Somewhere along the way in my down time, likely after reading The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, I came to realize that over the years, I’ve been hit a hell of a lot in the head, and I had probably better quit while I was still able to do basic arithmetic and tie my own shoes. I continued to do some grappling and jiu jitsu off and on after about six months following the surgery, but I never really got back into fighting. I’m more of a lover now.

  3. February 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

    As a side note, I subscribed to other comments made on this thread. Naturally, I saw Rob’s post. I do not know the first thing about kickboxing/MMA etc, however I have had PRK—what are the odds that both commentors and the blogger have all had that done! Anyway, I had it done about two years ago and my eyes are still sensitive if I rub them moderately hard. I am not sure that getting hit in the eye would be all that great an idea.

    • chad
      February 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Coincidence? Hardly. That’s God’s divine providence working through WordPress. As for PRK – I chose that because, when getting punched in the face, a lot of times my blink reflex was slower than my opponents’ fists, and I’d often get a contact knocked out of my still-open eye. Had I done LASIK, I would have had a cornea flap that never heals, and I shudder to think about getting that flap, a piece of my eyeball, knocked onto the floor of a boxing ring. With PRK, they just melt your eyeball and it grows back. Since the surgery, I’ve never taken a blow to the face, but I still think I would have chosen PRK because that flap thing just creeps me out.

  4. February 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I play some sports where taking a ball to the face is a very real probability. That is why I chose it. Also, I had no idea that god works through WordPress. Would that mean that theists would believe that god approves our message?

  5. BillB
    March 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    My god.

    My xtian wife brought this book home from the church library and wants me to read it. How anyone believes that this book comes *entirely* from the mind of a four-year-old child … as opposed to his fundamentalist pastor father …

    Great blog BTW!

  6. tv
    July 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I’m not sorry to tell you how wrong you are (and many of your readers) and that you will find out just how wrong you are some day… i pray you will ask forgiveness and have a change of heart before then. You’re blog is blasphemous, shocking, and disrespectful (as are many of the comments). Even if you don’t believe it, is it necessary to mock others who do, especially a child? That takes a very small person…

    • chad
      July 7, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Blasphemy is a victimless crime. The real victim here is Colton, who has been deluded and whored about by his father. That takes a very small person indeed.

      • November 24, 2012 at 7:37 am

        Saying bad things about your mother or about your girlfriend/wife is a victimless crime too, but that’s not a valid reason to do it.

    • A
      March 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      I agree with you

  7. Denise
    September 11, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I stumbled upon your blog because of, what else…PRK. I had it done back in April and I am still doing cart wheels over the results. I just find it funny how I ended up back here tonight reading about your experience again (I was remininscing about mine because a friend of mine who just had it done is also doing cartwheels). I decide to check out the rest of your blog (I’ve been thinking about opening up my own blog shop for quite a while) and decided to click on your Religion tab. And here we all are on the topic of PRK. Very funny. The bonus is your view on religion…Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Someone that can relate with an exacting sense of humor. I will have to visit your freaking awesome WordPress blog regularly now. Coincidentally, I declined an invitation to memorize a bunch of Psalms by December 25 from one of my Facebook friends just a little while ago. Some people have a hard time accepting the fact that other people deliberately choose not to have any religious affiliation and live their lives quite happily and guilt free. Thanks, Chad.

  8. April 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    We love the story of Colton’s heavenly visit. Just bought the book simply written for kids for our great grandson on the death of his grandfather yesterday. Illustrations are lovely but why do the children and some of the other people have wings? Angels are created beings and different from humans, who do not become angels (according to scripture. Please let us hear from you. M. Falls

  9. A
    March 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I will pray for all of you.

  10. Trish
    April 23, 2014 at 10:13 am

    The book HEAVEN IS FOR REAL was a fascinating read for me.  For many it has given them hope for eternal life.  To me, this is a far too important a subject to put my hope in a little boy’s experience.  I wanted to see what God had to say so I went to the Bible.  I have written a Bible study about heaven.  I would be delighted to send you a free copy.  Email me at and I will email you a copy.  If you have only seen the movie, I would suggest you read the book.  The movie changed somethings, add things that did not happen and left out some great material.

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