"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
Too many contradictions and ridiculous suppositions. This isn't the little boys story... it's the parents story. Seems a shame to use your son to make money. Not worth the money or the time.
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If the story wouldn't have been embellished by parents.
The lack of believability.
I really regret having purchased.
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
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.
I was very dissapointed. I thought this was going to be a little boys story, but he didn't have much of a part in this. If you want to be preached at you will enjoy this.
Come on.....lets get real. I don't believe any of it. Such a concidence that this happens to be a pastor that is having financial problems...BINGO....cash in on son's illness.
It is obvious from the reviews that there is a split between believers of the Bible and skeptics. As a believer, I would have been terribly disappointed if the father had not referred to the appropriate scriptures. I knew immediately that the boy was spot on with scripture but I didn't have to look them up before listening further to the boy's story. There is no doubt in my mind that this boy went to heaven. Any believer could tell you that, unless the whole thing is a scam, which I do not believe it is, this boy saw heaven and did not hear these things at home. For one thing, a child that age would not have grasped the significance of what he saw, even if he had heard the stories. Some of these things are argued about by theologians even today. The boy's simple descriptions blew the complicated descriptions of theologians right out of the water. The father did exactly what I would have done: make sure the descriptions matched the scriptures. No believer wants their child to have misinformation about its spiritual future. No child could have had such understanding at that age. The descriptions are very simple, yet very deep. Much too advanced for a child to have figured out without actually seeing it. The skeptics seem to believe that the father put his own "interpretation" on the boy's story or on scripture. He did not. He simply read the scriptures and said what they obviously say. The boy "got it" from seeing it. I am grateful that the pastor/father wrote this book and shared what his son said. I would not have wanted to miss it.
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.
This book really disturbed me.
First, if the parents had responded sooner to the boy's illness, he would not have had the hallucinations about heaven. Second, no matter how often the father claimed that he was guiltless in leading the boy to describe "heaven", I can not agree and feel the child was manipulated. Last, when is war, violence and discrimination going to end if not in "heaven"?
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 didn't finish it"
I found the constant religious references frustrating - maybe that info is on the back cover of the printed book and if I had flicked through a printed copy I may have noticed it then, but I didn't notice it when looking at it on Audible.
I believe that this story did happen as read, but it didn't live up to my expectations of it. I didn't finish it - I guess there was no 'unknown' about the story to keep me interested.
Very disappointed with this book because I had high hopes.
This is the story of a four year old boy w
ho nearly died and apparently experienced heaven.
Read by the boys father who insists on speaking like a little boy whenever he quotes his son and does a lady voice when quoting his wife neither of which add to the story and becomes quite irritating.
There is some unnecessary padding out in the book including a chapter that describes a family day out in detail that has no relevance to the theme of the book.
My biggest problem with the story is that the child's experience of heaven happens to fit exactly with the child's fathers opinion of what heaven should be like. Repeatedly the father (who is pastor) states that as adults we KNOW that heaven is full of angels with wings, Jesus is there wearing a crown and a sash and other characters from the bible are also there. He keeps saying "how could I child know what is in heaven unless he had been there".
The child also makes statements like the only way to get to heaven is through Christ - this is really narrow minded old school theory. Presumably there are no Muslims or Hindu's in heaven then?
This account is purely a case of seeing and hearing what you want to see and hear.
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