Meet the Real-Life Boy Who Inspired 'Heaven Is For Real'

By DAVID WEINER

April 03, 2014

Easter is around the corner, and faith-based films from Noah to Son of God are drawing large audiences at the box office. Now, another film about faith is ready to hit theaters. The book Heaven Is For Real sold millions telling the tale of a boy who says he visited heaven. But what has made so many people believe his story is true? We found out from the boy himself and his father! Watch the amazing video, and find out the surprising things he knew when he returned from the brink...

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Colton Burpo had a near-death experience at four years old when he was rushed to the hospital with a burst appendix. He came back knowing things that just could not be explained from a practical standpoint. Now an active teenager, his amazing story written by his father Todd became a bestseller. Todd says, "I've got a lot of witnesses that this really happened, and I think when people watch this movie they are going to really get that."

Todd adds, "I think one of the things that some people ask me is how do we know you didn't make this up? There is absolutely no way I could have invented this and not have people out to expose me."

Heaven Is For Real stars stars Greg Kinnear as Todd and co-stars Kelly Reilly as his wife Sonja, with newcomer Connor Corum as Colton. Like the book, the film finds Colton returning from a near-death experience claiming to have visited Heaven. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth... things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.

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Heaven Is For Real descends into theaters April 16.

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