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Heaven Is for Real

Entertaining Judgment: Why We Need Stories About the Afterlife

Greg Garrett | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Greg Garrett

Reactions varied widely to the recent news that Alex Malarkey, the young co-author of the bestselling book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, had in fact been trying to tell people for a long time that the best selling book about him was a fraud.

Alex Malarkey and the Death of American Innocence

Sam Johnson | Posted 02.02.2015 | Comedy
Sam Johnson

Only a few short weeks ago it would have seemed impossible that such a vividly told account could have been made up. Who else but someone who had actually seen heaven with his own eyes would have been able to describe it so elegantly as "white," "shiny" and "perfect?"

Soulful Deed

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

For six years we had a wonderful marriage. However, before he died, not only did he leave me traces along the way for his departure, he left me with a deed on how I was to live through the years without him.

Heaven Is for Real -- and Overrated

Clay Graham | Posted 09.13.2014 | Comedy
Clay Graham

As I was finishing my second dessert, Jesus rode up on a rainbow-colored horse and gazed down upon me. He looked like Kenny Loggins during his "Danger Zone" period, except with bluer eyes, and smiled the most compassionate smile I had ever seen.

Near Death Experiences Are Actually True Life Experiences

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

If the near death experiences being shared by many are really to believed, they are actually true life experiences, because what they are describing i...

Jaweed Kaleem

Movie Challenges Viewers On Near-Death Experiences

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion

Is it possible to die, take a quick look around, and come back to life to describe what you found? Seekers have asked the question for millennia, wit...

'Heaven Is For Real' Boy Describes Heaven To Sean Hannity

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion

Colton Burpo, whose account of a near-death experience at age 3 (almost 4) was told in the best-selling book Heaven Is For Real, gave Fox News' Sean H...

'Heaven Is For Real' Is Heartfelt But Dull

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 04.16.2014 | Entertainment

Continuing the recent trend of faith-based films, including "Noah" and "Son of God," ''Heaven Is for Real" is a sweet tale based on a 4-year-old boy's...

'Heaven Is For Real' Film Offers An Accessible Look At The Afterlife

USA Today | Claudia Puig | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion

(RNS) A wide-eyed 4-year-old makes a fairly convincing case for the existence of an afterlife in “Heaven Is for Real.” But it’s Greg Kinnear, wi...

How Do We Know About Heaven?

Greg Carey | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

I strongly suspect that all reports from heaven include a great deal that comes from this world. How that happens -- how culture, psychology, and physiology relate to mystical experience -- I have no idea. But there's no such thing as a report straight from heaven.

A Different Religious 'Diet' Book

Rachel Marie Stone | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Rachel Marie Stone

We can find a soupçon of happiness -- even joy -- through sharing food with others, through being mindful of (but not crushed by) issues of sustainability and justice.

Proof That Hell Is For Real

Steven Clifford | Posted 04.13.2013 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

"Why don't you write something for the people who are buying the Heaven Validation books?" she asked. "Something like Heaven is for Real: But It's Overpriced and Overrun With Tourists?"

How Many Of This Year's Bestsellers Have You Read?

Posted 12.28.2011 | Books

Total U.S. book sales of 2011 have been compiled by Nielsen's Bookscan. Their lists feature about 75% of American book sales, and don't include sales ...

A Trip To Heaven And Back

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 09.10.2011 | Religion
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I have no quarrel with the success of "Heaven is For Real." It has touched the hearts of many people. But it asks us to suspend our critical thinking. That is what faith is about.

How In The World Did Colton Burpo Beat Me To Heaven?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Here was I, preparing to astonish the world with my tale of a visit to heaven, and I get beaten to the bestseller list by a tow-headed kid.

Favorite Outdoor Reads

nytimes.com | Amy Goldwasser Is the Editor Of “Red: Teenage Girls in America Write on What Fires Up Their Lives Today.” Peter Arkle Recently Published the 57th Issue Of “Peter Arkle News.” | Posted 08.06.2011 | Books

For many people, summer reading involves SPF, shirtlessness and bare feet in the grass. On a recent partly sunny Sunday afternoon on the Sheep Meadow ...

May 21 Rapture: Books We Will (And Won't) Be Reading If The World Really IS Ending Tomorrow

Gina Barreca | Posted 07.19.2011 | Books
Gina Barreca

It'd be interesting to see what we'd read if we actually considered ourselves an endangered species. We'd have to give up the pretence and get with the program; we'd have to read only what we know (or believe) we'd love.

Stephen Hawking: 'There Is No Heaven'

AP | Posted 07.26.2011 | Weird News

LONDON -- Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking finds no room for heaven in his vision of the cosmos. In an interview published Monday in The...

Child's Vision Of Heaven To Be Adapted For Film

deadline.com | Posted 07.10.2011 | Books

Sony Pictures has acquired screen rights to the book Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip To Heaven And Back, written by To...

4-Year-Old Boy's Confirmation Of Heaven Tale Becomes Publishing Phenomenon

nytimes.com | JULIE BOSMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Just two months shy of his fourth birthday, Colton Burpo, the son of an evangelical pastor in Imperial, Neb., was rushed into emergency surgery with a...