"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
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 wasn't aware how much this book was dominated by religion, maybe I didn't get enough information about it ahead of time. The story was interesting but kind of hokey and a bit far fetched, even if it was true. Just not my style at all!
I thought this was a fantastic testimony. The orator did an excellent job reading the book. I didn't want to turn it off to work but had to. I was kept rivited to my computer. I want to share it with everyone.
This book was very inspirational and full of confirmation of what most of us had read or have been taught. It gives hope to those that may fear death and comforts those who have lossed love ones. Although he has come from a spiritual family who reads bible stories to their children at a young age you can not ignore what he has seen that he would not have known. This is for believers and seekers. For those on the fence a must.
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.
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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