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Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back | [Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent]

Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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.”

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2010 Todd Burpo (P)2010 Oasis

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    Grateful Girl Land O Lakes, FL 03-20-12
    Grateful Girl Land O Lakes, FL 03-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Inspiring listen during difficult emotional times"

    I am glad a previous reviewer suggested skipping the intro/prologue. I went straight to the story and found it very interesting. Yes, there was a fair amount of excess material, but it was all relevant. The tale of the boy's experience is reassuring and inspirational, especially in the context of my mom's lengthy and painful illness.

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    susan Wintersville, Oh, United States 03-20-12
    susan Wintersville, Oh, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2011

    Christian, wife, mother, GRANDMOTHER and nurse. I love audible because it allows me to do two things at once: 'read' & exercise or . . .

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    "something to hang your hope on"
    Where does Heaven Is for Real rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite listens. Different from anything I've listened to so far. As a nurse, this read confirmed for me a number of concepts that I have always suspected and gives me a real hope that I can offer my ill and dying patients. When I become dejected with life, it gives me something concrete to believe in - that heaven is a reward.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Todd's son spoke of his little sister and his grandpa in heaven. These revelations brought tears. What great hope to us that we will see our loved one's in heaven. I have no doubt that I will someday get to meet the daughter I miscarried.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At times, this book gave me chills, the good kind.


    Any additional comments?

    There was not enough material in the beginning to keep your attention easily but the last half was great. While I enjoyed the speakers voice, it did not translate well when in

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Salina, KS, United States 03-19-12
    Donna Salina, KS, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to Heaven Is for Real the most enjoyable?

    Made me think what the power of God can do! Of course I believe these things can happen cause I have experienced death when I lost my son at childbirth and nearly died myself. I remember that I saw a bright light and started walking toward it but heard a voice telling me that it was NOT my time...guess that is when the Doctors was able to bring me back to life when I went back.

    So, IF there are some sceptics out there the miracle of God is present and with faith I guess you could experience the presence of God.


    What other book might you compare Heaven Is for Real to and why?

    None that I can think of that I have read, pretty much a NOVICE.


    Which character – as performed by Dean Gallagher – was your favorite?

    I would say the little boy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Well the little boy said it all with the name of the book.


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    Karen Leander, TX, United States 03-13-12
    Karen Leander, TX, United States 03-13-12
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    "Nice story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heaven Is for Real to be better than the print version?

    I liked the audio version because each character has it's own different voice. It just adds a lot to a story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


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    Teri Gastonia, NC, United States 03-13-12
    Teri Gastonia, NC, United States 03-13-12

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    "Heartwarming and faith-affirming"

    Would love periodic updates on this family and how this experience ended up changing them and their community.

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    Joy Brece, France 03-12-12
    Joy Brece, France 03-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting twist"
    Where does Heaven Is for Real rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Some where in the middle


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Dad, as he had such a struggle with almost loosing his son and then this interesting story and experience that his son keeps expanding upon. I often found myself asking what would I do if it was my son and he kept talking about seeing God, Jesus, Angles and Heaven itself.


    What does Dean Gallagher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Perhaps a bit more theater


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me very angry at the family Doctor and how doctors can intimate families when gut feeling and family history (in this cases) often times are right on the money.


    Any additional comments?

    It will be interesting to read a follow up on this young lads attitude toward heaven and his whole experience when he is older.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Madelyn Lindon, UT, United States 03-12-12
    Madelyn Lindon, UT, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "So glad they shared their story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heaven Is for Real to be better than the print version?

    Don't have the print to compare.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Colton's story slowly came out over time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Meeting his sister.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction; just loved what was shared.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the interview at the beginning before the narration begins. I'm like other viewers that didn't care for the little kid voice when doing Colton's narration, but it was still very enjoyable to listen to.

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    Jaime Yorba Linda, CA, United States 03-05-12
    Jaime Yorba Linda, CA, United States 03-05-12
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    "Loved it! This story has made my faith stronger."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heaven Is for Real to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily. I like both. It depends how busy I am.


    What other book might you compare Heaven Is for Real to and why?

    NA


    What does Dean Gallagher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did:)


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Hope, AR, United States 03-05-12
    Susan Hope, AR, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you listen to Heaven Is for Real again? Why?

    Very REAL book. Very overwhelming. Brings Heaven to life and reality! Gave me a new perspective on my life and helped me have hope and reassurance that I will see my loved ones one day.


    What other book might you compare Heaven Is for Real to and why?

    None


    Have you listened to any of Dean Gallagher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Robert United States 02-23-12
    Robert United States 02-23-12
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    "put together well/ insperational"
    If you could sum up Heaven Is for Real in three words, what would they be?

    glimpse of heaven


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Todd Burpo puts the story together from an adverage persons witness of the events


    What does Dean Gallagher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his voice was a good fit he sounded like a regular guy not an over embelishing actor. you know what I mean?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    they all did, I could almost feel the familys pain and anguish (wouldnt want to go there).but every time they revealed a new glimpse of heaven I was moved


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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