"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
Yes, I would listen to
The truth of a little child.
When Colton met his little sister in Heaven.
The book is written and narrated by the boys father. This was a little suspect especially after I found out that the boys father was actually a minister. I tend to become a bit of a skeptic when I find out information that could lead to biases. Although the book still holds value if you can totally forget that a young boy in his impressionable years might be highly influenced by his parents and their teachings. As I said though, I turn in to a skeptic so even if you can't take the book totally seriously it still may have some spiritual benefits to the listener.
As far as the mechanics of the book go. It starts off with a radio interview of the father and moves on from there. The book is written with the typical amateur author type of rhythm which is to be expected from a novice writer. But it gets annoying and since he is the one narrating, it doesn't get any better in the performance.
All in all I wish that I hadn't spent a credit on this purchase.
A friend of mine told me about this story and I just had to get it. Knowing that I don't 'sit' well to read anything - I got the audio of this book - and it was just as intriguing! Just hearing what this little boy saw - was amazing! He (the little boy) is definately a message to us all that 'Heaven IS for real".
All my friends told me what a great book this was but I had no idea how special this book was until I started listening to it. How can you not believe after listening to this book? It is so heartwarming, humorous, happy, sad, and above all uplifting. Dean Gallagher does a magnificent job narrating. Don't miss this one.
I have worked so hard for so long that I've had very little time to read. Enter iPhone4; now an earbud has cut driving time while I enjoy!!!
This is a "Near Death Experience" of a boy whose father is a Christian minister. If you are looking for validation of the Christian religion then this book is for you. Personally, I think thousands of people have near death experiences that echo their own religious (or not) beliefs. Is there an afterlife? Of course! Near-Death-Experiences have proved that, in addition to my own "angel experiences". Maybe they are not so ingrained in the Christian dogma, though.
This book goes over & over the same material and borders on boring. I finished the book because I paid for it and I always like to get my money's worth, but this one fell way short... and I certainly did not get my money's worth. A Christian would give this 5 stars, and that's OK, too.
This book leaves me feeling skeptical yet hopeful. I saw the kiddo interviewed on the Today show and wasn't impressed. He hardly said 2 words and those were less than inspired. His parents did most of the talking. But... my curiosity won out. With his dad's occupation being a preacher, one cannot help but wonder how much really came from this 4 year old, although these concerns are directly addressed in the book. The way they describe his gradual telling of his experience seems quite believable and truly innocent. The idea that there is something beyond this existence is something everyone wants to hear if they are honest. It's a story of love of the greatest kind. Why not let this book give a little hope and peace to readers. Overall, I found it quite uplifting and fun.
Good story that I think is not a story, you decide. Was very skeptical and the further I listened the more skeptical I became. Toward the end it all changed, I am a believer!
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