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“Heaven is for Real’s” First Family: The Burpos

Todd, Sonya and Colton Burpo, the family behind the new movie, “Heaven is for Real,” talk about the amazing story of Colton’s visit to heaven when he was 4. Read Transcript


Pat: WELL, THE BOOK IS

"HEAVEN IS FOR REAL."

THE MOVIE IS OPENING TODAY,

AND PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO

"THE 700 CLUB" TODD, SONYA,

AND COLTON BURPO.

WHAT DID YOU GUYS THINK OF

THE MOVIE?

WE LOVED IT.

AFTER THREE YEARS OF

WAITING, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE

DON'T KNOW ALL OF THE

STEPS.

BUT WHAT WE HAVE TODAY, AND

AT THE END OF THE DAY, THEY

KEPT TRUE TO THEIR WORD TO

TELL COLTON'S STORY COLTON'S

WAY.

WE'RE THRILLED WITH IT.

IT IS EASY FOR US TO ENDORSE

THIS FILM.

Pat: SURE.

I WANT TO ASK YOU, YOUR

FATHER'S BOOK HAD LITTLE

SNIPPETS OF THIS, THAT, AND

THE OTHER.

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?

WELL, I HAD

APPENDICITIS.

Pat: AND DURING THAT

TIME, WHAT HAPPENED?

WELL, DURING THE FIRST

SURGERY THAT I HAD, THAT'S

WHEN I GOT TO SEE HEAVEN.

Pat: YOU LEFT YOUR

BODY?

YOU DIDN'T DIE; YOU LEFT

YOUR BODY?

YEAH.

I COULD LOOK DOWN AND I

COULD SEE MY BODY, AND I

COULD SEE MY MOM IN ONE

ROOM, AND SHE WAS ON THE

PHONE TALKING AND PRAYING,

AND MY DAD WAS IN ANOTHER

ROOM, AND HE WAS PRAYING AND

YELLING AT THE SAME TIME.

Pat: WHEN YOU GOT

THERE, WHAT WAS HEAVEN

LIKE?

HEAVEN FEELS LIKE HOME.

I MEAN, WE WERE MADE TO BE

THERE WITH GOD, SO IT'S JUST

AMAZING THE FIRST TIME YOU

GET TO BE THERE.

Pat: YEAH.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU SAW JESUS?

YEAH.

AND HE -- I SPENT MOST OF MY

TIME IN HEAVEN WITH JESUS.

Pat: YEAH?

THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO

WANT TO SEE JESUS, AND HOW

COME YOU?

OR DID HE HAVE TIME FOR

EVERYBODY AND YOU DIDN'T

UNDERSTAND HOW IT WORKED?

AT THE TIME, HE WAS WITH

ME A LOT.

BUT IF I WASN'T WITH HIM, I

WAS WITH MY GREAT GRANDPA

AND MY SISTER.

Pat: DID YOU BELIEVE

HIM WHEN HE FIRST CAME

BACK?

FIRST, I ALWAYS BELIEVED

IN HEAVEN, BUT I DIDN'T

BELIEVE IN NEAR-DEATH

EXPERIENCES.

IT WAS A JOURNEY FOR ME TO

SIT DOWN AND REALIZE THAT

WHAT MY SON WAS TELLING ME

REALLY HAPPENED.

I THINK BEING A PERSON WHO

GREW UP READING SCRIPTURE

AND TRUSTING SCRIPTURE, AND

HERE IS A CHILD TALKING TO

ME ABOUT WHAT HE SAW.

TO ME, THE ADVANTAGE WAS AS

A PARENT, YOU KNOW WHEN A

4-YEAR-OLD IS TELLING YOU

THE TRUTH.

AND YOU KNOW WHEN A

4-YEAR-OLD CAN'T INVENT THE

THINGS HE WAS SAYING.

THERE IS NO WAY HE HAD THE

DEPTH OF THE THINGS HE WAS

SHARING.

HE COULDN'T READ AT THE

TIME.

AND HE WAS SAYING WHAT NO

4-YEAR-OLD WOULD BE READING

OR TAUGHT IN CHURCH.

AND IT WAS EXACTLY RIGHT.

AND IT WAS TRUE.

Pat: YOU DIDN'T WANT A

MOVIE TO BE MADE OF THIS,

WHY?

THE INTEGRITY OF THE

STORY.

AND I SAID, WOULD YOU DO

ANYTHING THAT WOULD VIOLATE

ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN.

AND HE SAID NEVER.

AND I SAID AT THE END OF THE

DAY, MY BOY IS GOING TO HOLD

ME RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOU

PUT UP ON THE SCREEN.

AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE

THAT RISK.

THAT WAS MY BIG CONCERN.

Pat: SONYA, TELL ME

ABOUT THE CHILD YOU LOST.

WHEN COLTON CAME BACK AND

TOLD ME HE HAD TO SISTERS,

HE CAME AND TOLD US LIKE

THIS IS THE WAY IT IS, AND

WE HADN'T TOLD HIM.

Pat: DID YOU BELIEVE

HIM?

WHEN HE SAID HE MET HIS

SISTER, IT PRETTY MUCH

SOLIDIFIED IT BECAUSE WE

DIDN'T SHARE THAT WITH TOO

MANY PEOPLE, AND ESPECIALLY

WITH HIM.

Pat: COLTON, WHAT ELSE

HAVE YOU GOT TO TELL US

ABOUT HEAVEN -- HOW LONG

WERE YOU THERE?

I SAID I WAS THERE FOR

THREE MINUTES, BUT IT IS

KIND OF HARD TO GRASP I

COULD EXPERIENCE ALL OF WHAT

I SAW IN THREE MINUTES.

Pat: YOU SAID IT WAS

KIND OF LIKE HOME.

AND I'VE HEARD ABOUT FLOWERS

AND BEAUTIFUL BIRDS AND

SINGING.

WAS THERE ANY OF THAT THAT

YOU SAW?

YES.

THERE WERE A BUNCH OF PLANT

LIFE.

THERE WAS WATER.

THERE WERE PEOPLE, AND THERE

WERE ANIMALS IN HEAVEN.

Pat: ANIMALS?

PEOPLE ASK US ABOUT DOGS.

I'M FOR HORSES -- DID THEY

HAVE HORSES UP THERE?

YES, THEY HAD HORSES,

DOGS, CATS, LIONS, PRETTY

MUCH EVERY ANIMAL WE HAVE

DOWN HERE ON EARTH ARE UP IN

HEAVEN.

Pat: AND THEY'RE ALL

TAME?

YES.

Pat: YOU WEREN'T

SCARED?

YOU WERE AT PEACE ALL OF THE

TIME?

WELL, NOT AT FIRST.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING

JESUS DID FOR YOU?

WELL, WHEN I STARTED TO

RISE OUT OF MY BODY AND I

COULD SEE MY BODY AND THEN

MY PARENTS IN SEPARATE

ROOMS, I WAS SCARED OUT OF

MY MIND.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS

HAPPENING.

BUT I WAS SITTING ON JESUS'

LAP, AND HE HAD THE ANGELS

SING TO ME TO CALM ME DOWN.

Pat: WHAT ELSE DO YOU

WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY

FROM THE MOVIE?

IN THE MOVIE, IT IS VERY

HONEST.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

IS GOOD IS IT TALKS ABOUT

BROKEN PIECES THAT PEOPLE

CARRY.

AND I THINK IT WILL BE GOOD

FOR PEOPLE TO COME TO THIS

AND HEAR FROM COLTON, AND

HOPEFULLY GET SOME OF THOSE

BROKEN PARTS HEALED AND TALK

ABOUT IT.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THAT

PEOPLE REALIZE WHAT JESUS

DID FOR COLTON, HE WANTS TO

DO FOR YOU, TOO.

THERE IS NOTHING HE DID FOR

COLTON THAT HE DOESN'T WANT

TO DO FOR EVERYBODY ELSE.

Pat: INCREDIBLE.

THE MOVIE, FOLKS, IS CALLED

"HEAVEN IS FOR REAL."

IT OPENS IN THEATERS

NATIONWIDE ON APRIL 16th.

A SPECIAL EDITION OF THE

BOOK, "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL,"

IS ALSO AVAILABLE WHEREVER

BOOKS ARE TOLD.

WE LEAVE NOW WITH COLTON

BURPO SINGING "HEAVEN."

* I CAN TELL YOU A STORY

* THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR

HEART *

*

* IT CAN MEND YOUR BROKEN

HEART *

*

* HE REALLY LOVES YOU

* HE REALLY, REALLY LOVES

YOU *

* HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW

* HE REALLY, REALLY LOVES

YOU *

* HE REALLY, REALLY LOVES

YOU *

* HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW

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