Near-Death Experience in Todd Burpo’s Heaven is for Real

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Near-death experiences have been known to happen to all ages. As many incidents involve a visit to heaven, not every incident is described the same through different age groups. In Todd Burpo’s Heaven is for Real, Colton Burpo takes a trip to heaven after experiencing a ruptured appendix. Burpo’s interpretation of his four year old’s near death experience is both similar and different to those of adults.
Through visiting the near-death experiences of three people, we get the chance to observe the similarities between each story. As a four year old, Colton Burpo goes through multiple tests and blood work to solve the problem of his pain, which is a result of a ruptured appendix. Through this procedure Colton experiences heaven for the first time. He later gives a detailed description of his experiences in which he described in detail to his parents. Many near-death experiences have been reported in history, and the stories seem to be relatively similar to Colton’s. For example, two middle- aged adults, Betty Eadie who suffered from double pneumonia and Brian Miller who had a major heart attack which lead to ventricular fibrillation both report similar yet different stories involving different aspects of heaven. In Burpo’s Heaven is for Real, Colton describes heaven as “that’s where all the rainbows’ colors are” (63). In comparing to the adult experiences, Betty Eadie experiences colors as well:
When light strikes an object here, the light reflects off that object in a certain color. Thousands of shades are possible. Light in the spirit world doesn’t necessarily reflect off anything. It comes from within and appears to be a living essence. A million, a billion colors are possible. The flowers for example, are so vivi...

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...ults in near-death experiences. As we grow and mature, we pay more attention to the big picture rather than taking a second to notice the small details and differences within the painting.

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