Heaven is For Real By Todd Burpo Charlie HattasReading Miss Roche Period 3 5/11/12
AUTHORTodd Burpo is the husband of Sonja andthe father of Cassie, Colton, and Colby Burpo.Todd is a pastor of Crossroads Wesleyen Churchin Imperial, Nebraska. His sermons arebroadcasted locally every Sunday on the localradio station. He also works at Chase County Public Schools asa wrestling coach and as a member of the school board. Toddalso – in times of emergency – works as a firefighter for theImperial Volunteer Fire Department. I think Todd Burpo wasvery courageous and brave when Colton ruptured hisappendix. He is now on the list for one of my role models.
SUMMARYOne day, Colton Burpo’s stomach began hurting. His motherand father thought that he just had the stomach flu. It turnedout that Colton’s appendix had ruptured. At the hospital, thedoctors and surgeons did all they could to help Colton, butfrom their looks, Colton’s father new that Colton wasn’t goingto make it. Colton’s dad prayed hard to God for a miracle, andthen that prayer was answered. Colton was alive! Hemiracuosly survived. Even the doctors were surprised at whathad happened. At the Burpo house, everything was back tonormal, until one day. Colton’s dad asked Colton what it waslike at the hospital and Colton replied, “That’s where theangels sang to me.”
CHARACTERSMain Characters:Todd Burpo – the father of Colton – husband of Sonja – pastor – has a strong belief in GodSonja Burpo – the mother of Colton – wife of Todd – very brave and lovingCassie Burpo – sister of Colton – oldest child in the familyColton Burpo – had his appendix ruptured – went to heaven and back – had bravery when going through his treatmentsColby Burpo – brother of Colton and Cassie – the youngest – had a sense of humor and always liked to joke around
CHARACTERS CONTINUEDSupporting Characters:Pop – Todd Burpo’s grandfather – met Colton in heaven – was very handsome when he was young – Todd liked Pop better than his father – owned a farm where Todd liked to visit
PLOTIntro- Colton feels sick and his parents think he has the stomach flu- Colton’s parents take him to a hospital because the “stomach flu” was actually a broken appendixRising Action- At the hospital, everything seems hopeless- Colton’s dad prays hard and so does his mom- They gather together some people from their church to pray for ColtonClimax- It turned out that Colton survived!- He miraculously turned out to be okay- Even the doctors were astonished with the news
PLOT CONTINUEDFalling Action- Over the months, Colton tells his parents how he had been to heaven and back- Everyone in heaven has wings and is young- Jesus has a crown and a purple sash- God sits on a throne, Jesus sits on the right, and Gabriel the angel sits on the left- Colton also saw Pop, Colton’s dad’s grandfatherConclusion- Colton concludes that a war is coming between Jesus and Satan and that Todd has to fight in it- He tells his dad not to worry because Jesus will win, like he always does
VOCABULARY- Appendix n. - a tube-shaped sac attached to and opening into the lower end of the large intestine in humans and some other mammals. – “Your on has a ruptured appendix,” he said. – page 37- Gurney n. - A wheeled stretcher used for transporting hospital patients. – In the surgical prep room, Sonja laid Colton on a gurney, kissed his forehead, and stepped away as a nurse closed in with an IV bag and a needle – page 37- Deductible n. - A specified amount of money that the insured must pay before an insurance company will pay a claim. – “There’s a $3,200 deductible.” – page 54
VOCABULARY CONTINUED- Glum n. - Looking or feeling dejected; morose. – He looked a little glum when he said this. – page 72- Capacity n. - The maximum amount that something can contain. – But we hadn’t told Colton, judging the topic was a bit beyond a four-year-old’s capacity to understand
ACTORSTodd Burpo played by Sonja Burpo played by Ryan Phillipe Katie Holmes
ACTORSCassie Burpo played by Colton Burpo played by Joey King Jonathan Lipnicki
ACOTRSColby Burpo played by Pop played by George McCarthy Walter Matthau
MUSIC– “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Guns N’ RosesI would have this song in a scene when Colton takes his last breath and dies.– “Stairway to Heaven” by Led ZepplinI would put this song in a scene where Colton is floating up into heaven.
RATING I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.I give Heaven Is For Real a 4.5 out of 5 stars because I really liked the story. It was very interesting. I wonder what it would be like if I went up to heaven and cam back. That would be pretty cool. I would get to see Jesus and all the angels. The thing I didn’t like about the story was that it wasn’t as detailed as other books I’ve read. Otherwise, Heaven Is For Real is a really good book.