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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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    Cindy Leesburg, FL, USA 08-24-14
    Cindy Leesburg, FL, USA 08-24-14 Member Since 2003

    I am on the young side of being older, but nonetheless - wiser.

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    What did you love best about Heaven Is for Real?

    A little boy's first-hand account of his visit to heaven... it is excellent and impossible to refute.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CHARLENE C FIELDS ALEXANDRIA, VA United States 08-23-14
    CHARLENE C FIELDS ALEXANDRIA, VA United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing Story!!!"
    Where does Heaven Is for Real rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say it's number one.


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

    There are many but, I guess the one that stands out the most would be when Colton said he not only had interactions with Jesus but God as well. When questioned about God's throne and Jesus sitting at his right hand and Gabriel on his left sent chills down my spine.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elena Alegria pasadena, ca 08-18-14
    Elena Alegria pasadena, ca 08-18-14 Member Since 2015

    aikoalegria

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    "could've been so much better"
    Would you try another book from Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent and/or Dean Gallagher?

    no


    Would you ever listen to anything by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent again?

    probably not


    What didn’t you like about Dean Gallagher’s performance?

    it wasn't his fault, the story was poorly told.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    the title was WAY better than anything in the book. Maybe the kid should write the book instead...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Al 07-23-14
    Al 07-23-14 Member Since 2013

    Audible is a very welcomed tool in my life, as I have a reading disabilty with comprehension. I do much better when I can listen .

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    "For a true story I am floored."
    What made the experience of listening to Heaven Is for Real the most enjoyable?

    The fact that they the speakers hit the nail on the fact about Jesus.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Dad, Pastor, and the extremely hard test of faith he went through along with the building of his faith and other listeners faith.


    What about Dean Gallagher’s performance did you like?

    Yes very much, especicily when he almost lost it, shows he has the love of the Lord Jesus Christ..


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

    I have listened to it twice. And paid for it at work the next day I was dragging. I will listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to here more about Heaven from this kid.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 05-11-14
    Barbara 05-11-14

    A bookworm since a child. Love audible books.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Heaven Is for Real to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy the audio versions of books because I commute. I think I enjoyed hearing the author himself talk about his experiences at the beginning of this book. You can hear the emotional content of the story in the audio book that you do not get in the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Colton. The child would just blurt out what he was thinking and feeling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Colton telling his parents that he had a sister in heaven.


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

    This book was made into a film already. I enjoyed the audio book better than the movie.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Lombard, IL, United States 05-08-14
    Tracey Lombard, IL, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2015

    New to audible - enjoy a variety of authors from Chick Lit/Romance to Biographies and interesting personal stories! Nice to meet you .. :)

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    What did you love best about Heaven Is for Real?

    This is such a faith strengthening testimony that has me in a place of looking forward to meeting Jesus and seeing loved ones even as I still enjoy life on this side!


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

    90 Minutes in Heaven - the experience of a person and their testimony clearly designed to encourage others now to strengthen their relationship with God so as to experience a beautiful eternity!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    karin 05-04-14
    karin 05-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved the Book very inspiring"
    What did you love best about Heaven Is for Real?

    The authenticity of the story. It was inspiring to me


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

    havent read anything that I could compare it to that was authentic and not a novel


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

    no he is new to me


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

    The book inspired me with wonder, to hope that I may also have the same experience one day in Heaven


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James LONG BEACH, CA, United States 04-16-14
    James LONG BEACH, CA, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to Heaven Is for Real the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable parts for me were hearing how Colton (the boy) revealed his experiences to his parents and their reactions to each revelation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heaven Is for Real?

    One of the most memorable moments was when Colton told his mom that he had another sister and that whole discussion.


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

    Dean allows me to get a little sense of the emotion the family experienced.


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

    Well, at this writing, today is the opening day for the actual movie, so this question is not necessary! I think the book's tagline is fine!


    Any additional comments?

    As a Christian myself, I found this book to be an amazing, inspirational story. It provides a possible glimpse into some details of the heavenly and spiritual world that most all of us can't see and won't see until we die and go to Heaven ourselves. It gave me a little insight into what I've read in the Bible. It was a very emotional and amazing story that has strengthened my prayer life and a story that I enjoyed very much. I've listened to it twice already.

    For those who consider themselves Agnostic or Atheist, reading this book with an open mind may cause them to re-consider what God and Jesus say in the Bible and what it really means to be a Christian.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-14-14

    customjeweler

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    Would you listen to Heaven Is for Real again? Why?

    Yes because it is heartwarming, real, gives you hope on many levels, and I believe it as a Christian, and if I weren`t it woul still give me comfort.


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

    The Bible. It is in keeping with what the Bible teaches.


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

    Every day experiences in a story told in a way that you can relate. It sounds realistic, the emotions in his voice are just right and timing is perfect. It reels you in.


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

    It convinced me thar regardless of whether all of these things truly happened to this child, they could have. There is nothing about this book that could do anything but bring glory to God by reading it and that it would bring hope to so many people and change their lives if they believe in what they read and apply thee belifs of Jesus, Heaven, and God in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a life changing book and I am looking forward to seeing the movie with my church on Good Friday whrn it is released at the theater. I am glad I was able to hear it on Audible first.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John 03-14-14
    John 03-14-14
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    This was a good book. I don't know if I believed the story but fun to listen too and made me think.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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