"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
What an incredibly fascinating story. I would be driving to work listening and wanted to stay in the car to see what would happen next. Its a book that makes you think long and hard about whether there is a heaven and a God. A great book that already have recommended to others who have also loved it too.
As a "believer" I found this a little hokie. . . . too much of this story is contrived . . . the author and his son spend too much energy convincing the reader of its believability.
Not especially well-written, but the story is riveting and very believable. The non-believers will find holes in the story and explain it away. Believers will find even more proof that there really is a place called heaven.
When you stop to realize that this is an actual account of what a 4 year old boy experienced when undergoing an emergency appendectomy, you will find it to be very compelling. I listened to it in the car on a 3 hour trip. I hadn't quite made it to the end and could not wait for some quiet time to listen to the end.
What a blessing that Burpos chose to share their story. I recommend this book for children, mothers who have lost a child and anyone struggling in their faith.
I appreciate the interview included in the beginning.
Great story telling gives great insight and details about so many aspects.
Absolutely amazing. I appreciate the family sharing this with the world!
Whether you take this story at face value or you just read/listen past the scripture and see the power of the mind for this little boy - it is a wonderful story and should be shared.
Production quality of this recording was not as polished as most I listen to but was just ok in that respect.
The heaven this boy experienced is extremely stereo typical of the Christian heaven, at least, as taught by most contemporary churches in the USA. That said, this story very well may be a glimpse into that part of heaven, the Christian heaven, but the accounting does not hold my interest enough to listen more than 2/3 the way through due to the amount of common belief structures built into the story it gives me some doubt as to whether it is an experience fully from that side of life and instead made from much which may have been heard by this child before, perhaps deeply buried in his subconscious mind and coming to light now as he begins to be able to more fully communicate, as he matures. I have no doubt this child has heard the stories he has repeated as part of his NDE experience many times over as a child, due to his father being a preacher, it is expected he would do so. Now, perhaps he is telling exactly what happened, maybe, I don't know. I suppose there is a Christian heaven waiting for the faithful which exactly mirrors what is told in this story, as taught in churches simply because that is what those souls expect and are comfortable to go through after "death".
It is my firm belief that there are many facets to heaven, many heavens which fit the expectations of the souls who gravitate to each of them, this being a story of just one of them. I think this story will be well received by the masses of Christians but keep in mind, this is just part of the story, one small part of that heaven which has mansions for each of us, no matter what religion or belief system.
There are a thousand paths to God, Namaste.
In China, there's countless lost of unborn baby, only God is the answer for the families to be healed and have the beautiful hope, thanks to the pastor's family and thanks to Jesus our savior!
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