Burpo, a pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska, said after hearing his son’s story, he knew he had to share it with others. Colton, Burpo’s son, was almost four-years old when he had a near death experience. He shared with his father about his trip to heaven during the experience and what he told Burpo was astonishing.
“He told me angels song to him and he talked about how he saw Jesus,” said Burpo. “God says whenever I do anything for you, I want you to tell others about what I do and that is all what Heaven Is For Real is . This is a boy’s account of what he saw when he went to heaven…and how fresh and wonderful is a child’s experience of heaven is.”
Colton’s account of his visit to heaven is fresh and wonderful however many critics, including Christians, believe the story is a “fluke.” Burpo, responding to critics, said people need to keep an open mind and not be so “religious.”
“They have no integrity, they have not investigated anything nor have they been honest enough to look at the facts,” Burpo said. “I come from a small town and when you see the movie you will see there is no way you could invent a story like this in a small town and get away with it…people from a small town would be on Fox news or the Today Show saying we made this up, they don’t exist because we didn’t.”
After the release of the children’s version of “Heaven Is For Real,” in 2010, Burpo released a version for adults in 2011. The movie “Heaven Is For Real,” debuted in theaters nationwide on Wednesday, April 16. It has been called “a great faith movie,” by many and is doing amazingly well. Burpo believes his son’s story will help people of faith and non believers all across the country. Colton, who is now 14, still shares his story with young children in schools, hospitals and via Skype.
During a recent book signing in Houston, Burpo shared with fans how Colton is doing and what he still recalls about his surreal experience. After talking to a fan who told Burpo she was really “bless” by the movie, he was asked if Colton still remembers that day.
“He does not remember too much about his experience with the doctors and the hospitals but he still remembers his time with Jesus in heaven.”
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