Colton Burpo

In heaven, Colton met his great-grandfather, who had died long before Colton was born.

Near Death Experience

The story of what Colton Burpo experienced when he was 4 years old is taking America by storm. During emergency surgery, Colton Burpo died, and what he saw after that is causing a lot of people to reconsider what they believe about life after death. Initially after Colton left his body, he was able to see what his mother and father were doing. When he told them these details later they were amazed because he was in surgery at the time and they were not with him. Colton BurpoAfter that, Colton was transported to heaven. In heaven, Colton met his great-grandfather, who had died long before Colton was born. After Colton came back he was able to recognize pictures of his great-grandfather from a photo album.

But Colton did not just catch up with family members that had passed on. The truth is that Colton says that he actually saw God the Father. In addition, Colton says that he met Jesus and in the video below Colton describes what Jesus looks like. Also, Colton also claims that he met John the Baptist.

One thing that really validated this experience for his family was when Colton told his mother that she had miscarried a little girl at one point. His mother had never told Colton about that, but it was the truth. Colton met his little sister that was never born during his trip to heaven.

Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent


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Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon who has taught at Harvard University and other prestigious schools, says he now believes in the afterlife following a near-death experience in 2008. Alexander describes heaven as he experienced it in his new book “Heaven is Real: A Doctor’s Experience of the Afterlife.

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Personal Near Death Experiences

One most extraordinary aspect of NDE's is that the underlying pattern seems unaffected by a person's culture or belief system, religion, race, education, or any other known variable, although the way in which the NDE is described varies according to the person's background and vocabulary. There is no evidence that the type of experience is related to whether the person is conventionally religious or not, or has lived a "good" or "bad" life according to his/her society's standards (although an NDE often strongly affects how life is lived after the experience).

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.