Apr 202011

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo
Rating: 5/5
Source: Local library
Link: Amazon, Goodreads, Book’s website

Colton is almost four when he has emergency appendectomy surgery. During his sugery he visits Heaven. Afterwards, he shares his experience with his family, often in small doses when asked direct questions. This is a true story written by Colton’s father.

I found this story really moving. To me, a huge part of the reason was the circumstances surrounding Colton’s appendectomy. His appendix didn’t burst or rupture, it split. Silently and dangerously, and was originally diagnosed as a stomach flu.

This hit home because the same thing happened to my brother when he was ten. I remember it well, and have to admit I never really thought of it from my mom’s viewpoint until this book. Now that I’m a mom, I couldn’t imagine the horror and pain of watching your child in extreme pain, knowing there was something seriously wrong, even when the doctor says there isn’t.

I don’t remember my mom’s reactions and behaviours while my brother was sick. I only remember hearing that if she hadn’t taken him into the hospital when she did, he wouldn’t have survived another night. I remember morphine did not agree with him, it made him horribly mean and cranky. When we gave him a card, he immediately turned it over and got mad because “we didn’t love him enough to get him a Hallmark”.

Getting back to Colton’s story, I thought it was just remarkable. I am not a religious person, but I found his simple and straightforward answers about Heaven to be moving. This is definitely a book I would re-read.

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