"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 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.
Christian, wife, mother, GRANDMOTHER and nurse. I love audible because it allows me to do two things at once: 'read' & exercise or . . .
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.
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.
At times, this book gave me chills, the good kind.
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
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.
None that I can think of that I have read, pretty much a NOVICE.
I would say the little boy.
Well the little boy said it all with the name of the book.
I liked the audio version because each character has it's own different voice. It just adds a lot to a story.
3 Men & Me
Would love periodic updates on this family and how this experience ended up changing them and their community.
Some where in the middle
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.
Perhaps a bit more theater
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.
It will be interesting to read a follow up on this young lads attitude toward heaven and his whole experience when he is older.
Don't have the print to compare.
How Colton's story slowly came out over time.
Meeting his sister.
No extreme reaction; just loved what was shared.
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.
Not necessarily. I like both. It depends how busy I am.
Yes, and I did:)
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.
glimpse of heaven
Todd Burpo puts the story together from an adverage persons witness of the events
his voice was a good fit he sounded like a regular guy not an over embelishing actor. you know what I mean?
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
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