"Do you remember the hospital, Colton?” Sonja said. “Yes, mommy, I remember,” he said. “That’s where the angels sang to me."
When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.
Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery - and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read. With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how “really, really big” God is, and how much God loves us.
Retold by his father, but using Colton’s uniquely simple words, Heaven Is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where, as Colton says, “Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses.”
©2010 Todd Burpo (P)2010 Oasis
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I was expecting something else, but this title became a four hour sermon from a preacher trying to prove heaven is real. I wanted to hear more from the boy that "went to heaven" and back, but it became a sob story for his father. If someone is reading this book, odds are they already have a interest and a strong believer in their religion. They are probably not looking for another Sunday service from the pulpit.
They and I are most likely what to hear from the boy's prospective, but we get a sermon. I just couldn't get over the redundant message over and over. It's like the father wrote this book, as if he needed to go back to seminaries school to complete a class. The kid should had wrote his own story rather than his dad because it felt like the book had an agenda, which is obvious.
The definition of analytical, "Proving a known truth by reasoning from that which is to be proved."
The boy should has told his own story because it would had been more acceptable to all.
Great story to make you think that there is something out there that is much bigger than we are. I enjoyed it and appreciated the innocence of the child and the purity of what he saw. I appreciated the way the parents hesitated to bring this story out for fear of the backlash,I really feel like there was a reason to share this vision.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
An excellent story told in a rather strange way - - there's an interview at the beginning that completely SPOILS the entire book. Skip that part and go straight to the story of heaven as revealed through the eyes of a child. I was much more interested in what the little boy said than in his father's interpretation and translation. But, the story is so interesting because it seems like it was the boy's personal heaven - - an amazing and special concept that I hope doesn't get lost in the father's need to explain why it fit into a pretty standard biblical interpretation. Still, the story provides a great comfort and a wonderful sense of hope.
Even though I am a believer, I must be honest and admit that I do have my moments of wondering if it’s all real. As most thinking Christians look around, there is the inevitable time when we ask ourselves the hard questions. I’m betting my entire life and after life on the gift of Salvation offered by the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and I want to be certain I haven’t taken anything for granted. As a result of that mindset I am one who openly welcomes a boost to my faith. This book provided that and then some. If you possess the gift of unshakable faith then perhaps this book will not go beyond the realm of interesting. For the rest of us it is far more. I admit to being very cautious before diving into such works. So at the advice of my closest friend and Pastor, I listened to the book with an open hand. At no time did the book violate Scripture so I am left to only wonder at the amazing possibility that every word is true. I especially enjoyed the part of what Jesus looks like. I won’t tell you about that…you’ll have to get the book to solve that mystery. Trust me, that alone is worth it. One word of caution, as a parent the first third of the book is difficult to listen to. I cannot imagine the pain the Burpo family endured and it made listening as a father painful. It is all necessary to the overall story, but I wasn’t prepared for that side of the story and it took me by surprise so be ready.
In close, if you could use a boost to your faith then I highly recommend this book. Oh, also, the narrator did a wonderful job. A narrator can make or break an audio book; my compliments to Dean Gallagher for a job well done. Now, give this a listen and enjoy the ride.
I have read several books on near death experiences. It seems that since Raymond Moody wrote "Life After Life" & removed the taboo of relating these experiences, you can find them everywhere. I sometimes wonder if the abundance of these accounts encourages some to seek fame or money by fabricating their story. I have never read an account that included so much orthodox doctrine as this account. It all fits too neatly into an opportunity to preach for me to find it believable. Years ago I knew a man who referred to "faith promoting rumors" when talking about tall tales passed off as true to make a point the originator believed to be true. This book has that feel.
More than a little skeptical... not about the existance of heaven, but the father trying to put his own interpretation and comparison to scripture using his son as the anchor to his story. It doesn't enhance believability given the fact that the man is a clergyman.
I couldn't finish the book.
I believe for myself. I'm LDS and most of what happened to Colton has happened to many others. We tend to collect stories of miracles such as these as we look for verification of prophecy and revelation to help us understand the world we are in and the one we come from and hope to return to. It helps us to make sense of the pain of this world, and why we experience what we do.
this story is amazing - God is still at work. The narrator spoke like he was reading to 1st graders. I had a very hard time getting into the story because of that
LOVED ALL THE HEAVEN INSITE! But the story was slow the first half. I listened to the audible with my 12 year old daughter...she stopped listening...too slow. (she's my religious skeptic...and I hoped this would strengthen her faith.) If I read the book, I would have skimmed to the second half. Details drawn out about father's medical problems, and wasn't necessary.
The second half was great. It renewed my faith. Makes me look forward to the afterlife. Reminds me what an awesome friend I have in Jesus, and that he's ever present, looking out for me and loving me!
I just ordered the kindle Kid's version of the book and will read it to my girls. Hopefully, it will give my skeptic 12 year old some reassurance in her faith....the book is written for a younger group of kids.
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