I made a conscious decision to read the book featured in today’s Saturday Book Club post on September 11 this year. 9/11 was such a defining moment in our country’s history and I, like many others, still know exactly where I was in I heard the news that day. 

Heaven is for Real is a story about Colton Burpo’s “trip to heaven and back.”

It’s told by his father, Todd, and is about more than just Colton’s experience. Todd also talks a lot about how the experience shaped the whole family.

I won’t go into great detail but I will say that it’s an easy read – I finished it in a couple of hours – and it probably left me with more questions than answers, which isn’t a bad thing.

I love the idea that “there are no old people in heaven” but it made me wonder if heaven is really the same for everyone or not. Colton mentioned a lot about children in heaven…but he was a child when this experience happened. If he was a teenager, would his experiences have been the same? Just a question I had.

Another thing that struck me while reading the book was the patience of Colton’s parents not to push him to talk about his experience and let the story unravel at Colton’s pace, not theirs. I don’t know if I would have done the same.

Overall, I’m glad I read it and I recommend it to anyone who has ever wondered what heaven might be like.

Megan from Gal in the Middle

I'm a middle child (2nd of four girls) living in Middle America (Indiana to be exact) approaching middle age (35 is here) always in the middle of doing something (finishing is the hard part).


  • Anonymous

    another good read is 90 minutes in heaven! I just finished it! very interesting!

  • Sarah Bedgar Wilson, "Farmer On A Mission"

    Megan- I loved the book too! Check out my blog post on it here…

    THANKS for your post! It reminded me to send one of the last copies I have to a dear friend.

    Sarah :)

  • Bethany

    I read this book on the recommendation of my mom. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down! It took me about 2-1/2 hours to read the whole thing. I was inspired, I found myself in tears at times, but I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • This Farm Family's Life

    I have been wanting to read this. Thanks for the reminder. I will be downloading that on my Kindle pronto!

  • Karen

    I was given this book this summer after the unexpected death of my sister at a young age (in her 40’s). Prior to this event and the reading of this book I had been doubting my faith. I shed many tears while reading this book and no longer question my faith. After telling my husband about some features in this book he read it also (and he is not a “book” reader). We both got a great deal out of this book. ps.. I am a Real Farm wife also. I am anxious to get harvest started. I spend my days either in the combine or driving grain cart.