THE BOOK TALK – MEG THOMPSON H E AV E N I S 4 R E A L B Y: T O D D B U R P O
EXPOSITION• Todd Burpo, father of a curious and fun-loving little boy, tells a little bit about his son, Colton.• Colton is four years old. He has an older sister, Cassie. His mother’s name is Sonia.• Todd Burpo owns a garage door company. He is also a preacher.
RISING ACTION• It all started when the Burpo family went on vacation.• Colton started feeling very sick. Todd and Sonia realized it was serious enough that he had to go to the hospital.• The doctor announced that Colton would need surgery right away.• Todd and Sonia were terrified, but not as terrified as Colton.• After the surgery, things started to settle down.• Colton stayed in the hospital for a couple of weeks and started to feel better.• He eventually went back home. Things were pretty much back to normal until….
CLIMAX• One day Colton and his dad were in the car. They happened to pass the hospital.• Colton said, “Hey! That’s where the angels visited me!”• Todd didn’t know what to say and told Sonia. They kept an extra close eye on Colton and listened for more incidents like this.• Sure enough, Colton mentioned a few more things. He told his family about what Jesus looked like and how much He loves us.• He also talked about what heaven looked like and a few people he met while he was there. For example, he mentioned his unborn sister that he never knew about. He also mentioned his great grandpa who died before he was even born!
ENDING• Todd and Sonia decided to share Colton’s fascinating story. They spoke at their local church first. Then people were interested and more people came to hear the story.• Eventually Todd Burpo wrote this book, with the help of Sonia and Colton.• (and yes, there are dogs in Heaven, according to Colton.)• Video of Colton