Burpo's Heaven Is For Real

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Heaven is for Real
“It's fun to talk about heaven, about the throne of God and Jesus and Pop and the daughter we thought we had lost but will meet again someday. But it's not fun to talk about how we got there.” I read the book Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo, the father of four-year-old Colton, who had an extraordinary experience of going to Heaven and back.
The main character and protagonist in this book is Colton Burpo. Colton is an average little boy, curious, adventurous, and humorous. You learn that he has these qualities from how he acts, what he says, and what his dad, Todd, tells us about him. Both direct and indirect characterization are used. The antagonist in this story is the problem Colton faces with his ruptured appendix, a person vs. self
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This is where we meet all of the characters and when Colton begins to complain about stomach pain. When they return home Colton and his older sister, Cassie, start throwing up. The basic situation is while Cassie’s seem to happen hours apart and slowly fade away, Colton continues to throw up constantly without any break. After a few days of Cassie having a full recovery, Colton is still concerningly sick.
The first place they take him, doctors perform x-rays and see a large mass of black, filling his body. The family has a history of appendicitis so that was Todd first concern, but the doctor soon ruled that out. Colton’s condition worsen over a few days and as Todd described he could see “..the shadow of death..” in his young sons face. They moved on to the next hospital, where they seemed to have more urgency in helping the dying boy. Body scans revealed the same results on a worsened level. The verdict was a ruptured appendix. Todd and Colton’s mother, Sonja, became furious. They had been sitting around for five days when they could have been saving their son this whole time. Colton was rushed into surgery

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