I just finished reading Heaven is for Real by Tom Burpo and Lynn Vincent. Tom’s four-year-old son (Colton), who nearly died of a burst appendix, reported that he’d been to Heaven. The book details the events surrounding the child’s illness and his his out-of-body experience.
I’m not sure I believe the entire book — particularly the details about heaven reported by the child as he grew. But the boy’s earliest reports appear to be authentic.
The book mentions another child, Akriane Kramarik, who had a similar experience at a similar age. At age eight, she painted a picture of the Jesus she met in heaven (below).
Akiane Kramarik seems to be a child visionary. Growing up in a home with an Atheist mother and a lapsed Catholic father, she apparently began having “divinely inspired visions,” which she translated into poetry and art. By age four (Colton’s age) she was painting and writing poetry. There can be no denying, at least, that she is a prodigy. She appeared on CNN, World News Tonight and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Forget that she is a child; her work is amazing.
She was just eight-years-old when she painted Prince of Peace, her first portrait of Jesus. This is the painting Colton said was [an accurate depiction of Christ]. It is reproduced in the back of every copy of [Heaven is for Real].
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