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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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    Denise 12-08-12
    Denise 12-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    Where does Heaven Is for Real rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is by far on top!


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

    None so far.


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

    Expresion and realism.


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

    Yes and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for anyone who has any doubt about Heaven and who is there.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mia 11-21-12
    Mia 11-21-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes! The reason I gave it three stars has to do with a:) The Q&A with the father in the beginning and b.) The father's constant need to say "we are a normal family". I liked parts of this account of a true story in my opinion. They did drag it out which made me think they felt the book needed to be longer than the case. I am a Christian, thus I feel the story were important and uplifting. Like the fact: Jesus is sitting next to his Father A.K.A. They must be divided, but still working as one.

    Unlike "Proof of heaven" which I rated higher ( If it can change it I will) This book made me cry. Worth spending your cash on if you want what I call a more fully painted picture than given in "Proof of Heaven" Some parts like I already said should have been cut, making the listen intense for 2,5 hours. Now you have to wait for the amazing moments which could lead you falling to sleep while missing the best parts.

    At it's best it can lift you up and give you strength. I highly suggest continuing with the book "God loves you" by Dr. Jeremiah if you need a hand in this world.


    If you’ve listened to books by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent before, how does this one compare?

    This was the first


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dean Gallagher?

    The father and his son


    Do you think Heaven Is for Real needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I think every NDE is personal as the boy learns about his fame it could very well change his memory of heaven


    Any additional comments?

    As you listen to this book, try and avoid thinking what atheists have to say. Listen to the message in your heart when you are done. What you feel is the important thing, I would give it to a child because they wish to learn. This unlike other NDE books are written closer to their language than other accounts of this sort. I loved it and the boy would get more stars, however the father takes up to much space.

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    Alea Crossroads, TX, United States 10-29-12
    Alea Crossroads, TX, United States 10-29-12
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    Where does Heaven Is for Real rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of the best list


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story is a quick read, but an emotional moving story


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

    A moving true story based on a 4 year old's experience meeting Jesus in Heaven


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sherry Los Banos, CA, United States 08-12-12
    sherry Los Banos, CA, United States 08-12-12 Member Since 2015

    Audio books have opened my world so much. I have been a member for a few years and i plan on being a member for many more years <3

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    Where does Heaven Is for Real rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    seven out of ten.


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

    when he describes heaven.


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

    No i havent. But I liked him.


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

    emm, good question.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nels Mahwah, NJ, United States 07-24-12
    Nels Mahwah, NJ, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dogs indeed are in Heaven!"
    Where does Heaven Is for Real rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As good as any


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end where he mentions there were dogs in heavenbecause mine just died


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

    What a trip!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grateful Girl Land O Lakes, FL 03-20-12
    Grateful Girl Land O Lakes, FL 03-20-12 Listener 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 2015

    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 2013
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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 03-13-12
    Karen 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


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teri 03-13-12
    Teri 03-13-12

    3 Men & Me

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

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