"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
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!
This book should be read by all people who want to know more about heaven. Something always clicks for me when I hear that someone living today has an encounter with Jesus, it makes the miracles in the bible become relevant to today. I like his description of the holy spirit because that matches up with an encounter I had. It is neat when peoples encounters of heaven match up. WOW!!!
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.
I loved this book and I couldn't stop listening. It brought me hope about my eternal future with Christ and my loved ones in heaven. Thank you for writing this book even though you will have to endure may critics.
I loved this book and the story! My son had already read it and I was going to read it until I saw it on audible.com. It was a very interesting and wonderful story. I did not like the narrator's attempt to speak in the child's voice (that was irritating after awhile), but it did not take anything away from my enjoyment of the overall book. I completely agree, Heaven is for Real!!
No, it was VERY repetative, like the author assumed we would repeatedly forget the boy's story of heaven.
The story - I believe it's true
No, his voice was unpleasant. I had to take breaks from it.
I'm glad I learned the story.
This one is for old fashion reading.
When a child under terrible circumstances has a vision and then begins sharing it with his father, I thought I'd be inspired. Instead though I found that the child said things he didn't comprehend and then just walked off to play while the father was stumped only to justify his own beliefs with what his son said. It was frustrating to me to hear. I felt manipulated by the words of a child, which if I didn't like the explanation of, I'd be cast as an unbeliever his father the pastor. It wasn't so much the story of the child and what he saw that bothered me, it was the interpretation of the story by his father. If heaven is for real then I believe it will be open to all good people whether they have accepted Christ as their Savior or not. If not, is that really the kind of heaven you want to be in.
I have listened to this book twice and have recommended it to several people. It is not great literature but it is a good story. To my English ear, the accent of the reader is too broad and in terms of the story, it takes too long to get to Colton's experience of heaven. But on the whole the message carries great hope. I have lost three people this year and the book strongly encourages me to believe I will see them all again.
"Breathless! I want more of Jesus"
What a great story. Glad it's through a child's eyes, so unspoiled and pure... God's magnificent love demonstrated through the miraculous
"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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