Heaven is For Real, by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.
This ghost written book concerns a child who was dragged around on a road trip by his ignorant parents for five days while he was vomiting with a perforated appendix
This kid was almost four and had been subjected to daliy god talk while still in utero. His dad was a part ime preacher, small business man and trying for social perfection by coaching the local soft ball team. The child’s mother was a substitute teacher, and money not plentiful .
On the trip, the child finally got proper medical treatment and went through a normal operation with normal blood pressure and brain wave activity under anesthesia. At no time during this operation was the child even close to dying. The close call was before he got to the hospital.
Some time after the hospital stay, the family was on another trip, and came near to the location of the hospital, so the mother asked if he would like to go back?
This teasing set off a defensive reaction, so he replied in the manner that would get him the most attention from his god loving parents, and maybe do a bit of payback.
This five year old now claimed that he saw angels and heaven. He had never spontaneously mentioned that before this time.
Then began a long series of claims of the child talking to dead relatives, a miscarried child of his mom’s, god’s throne, Jesus, golden gates with pearls, and lot’s of kids whose names he never remembered.
All these unstubstantiated claims were so numerous that I ran out of bookmarks to remind me to challenge each point.
The biggest blooper of all was when the dad came upon a story on the internet showing another child’s rendering of the face of Jesus, and the child picked up on the emotional reaction to this picture, and said ” Yes, that was the picture of the face of Jesus that he saw in heaven. (While he was dead on the operating table.)
The people of Jesus’ time were short, stocky, round faced, most likely clean shaven, with ringlets of curly hair and brown eyes.
Most idealized portraits of Jesus look like a Northern European Norse god like Thor. Or the actor that plays him on T.V.
Now, this child never knew until he was told that you have to die before you get to heaven, so once he knew that he claimed that he had died, but for just three minutes. That little factoid just sneaked by the monitoring machines in the operating room.
This book is made up out of the minds of the super Christain family and the child’s brainwashed nonsense only served to “inspire” his parents to concoct a fantasy of a near death situation.
We can add this book to a long line of hoaxes, written for money.