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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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    Stacy LUFKIN, TX, United States 03-12-14
    Stacy LUFKIN, TX, United States 03-12-14
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    "Very touching encounter"
    What made the experience of listening to Heaven Is for Real the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the narrator. But the book itself was a very touching encounter that will change my perspective and charge my faith!


    What did you like best about this story?

    That there is so much evidence of the truth from an innocent unknowing little boy. Jesus loves the children!!!!!!!!!!


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

    I liked his enthusiasm and story telling ability.


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

    ABSOLUTELY!


    Any additional comments?

    Read (listen, lol) and you will enjoy it!! :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Ballard Tulsa, OK 03-10-14
    Tammy Ballard Tulsa, OK 03-10-14
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    "Good Book"
    Would you listen to Heaven Is for Real again? Why?

    Probably not


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

    not sure what other book I would compare to


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't really have a favorite scene


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

    Felt for the parents as their son was in such an ill state and clinicians were having trouble figuring out what was wrong with the little boy.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, liked the message....easy to listen to and follow, written simply.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer OAKMONT, PA, United States 04-24-13
    Kindle Customer OAKMONT, PA, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "boring"
    What would have made Heaven Is for Real better?

    I don't know. It was really just boring.


    Has Heaven Is for Real turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes!


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

    It was just not that interesting. It was like listening to a parent over-talk about their kid.


    What character would you cut from Heaven Is for Real?

    Everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    I just don't know why this book was such a seller.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MICHELE AKA MICKEY RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA, United States 01-04-13
    MICHELE AKA MICKEY RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA, United States 01-04-13
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    "THE BOOK IS BASED ON ACTUAL EXPERIENCE OF A FACTS"
    What made the experience of listening to Heaven Is for Real the most enjoyable?

    THE FACT REMAINS HOW CAN A CHILD KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT SOMETHING HE WAS NEVER EXPOSED TO FROM HIS MY FATHER OR MOTHER. HE EXPLAINED THINGS THAT HE WOULD OF NEVER KNOW UNLESS HE DID VISIT HEAVEN.IT IS A FACTUAL READING EXPERIENCE AND I BELIEVE EVERYONE SHOULD GET A CHANCE TO HEAR THIS AMAZING STORY OF FACTUAL EXPERIENCES OF A CHILD.DON'T MISS IT!!!!!!!!!!


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

    SO, FAR I HAVE NOT BEEN EXPOSED TO ENOUGH OF AUDIO BOOKS TO MAKE A CALL ON WHAT IS INCOMPARISON.TRY IT, IT IS WORTH MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY,.GREAT AUDIO BOOK AND WE NEED MORE LIKE THESE IF WE ARE REALLY WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTHS OF HEAVEN.READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OR LISTEN TO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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

    I CAN NOT COMPARE YET DUE TO THE LACK OF EXPERIENCE.MAYBE LATER I CAN ANSWER THAT QUESTION.


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

    IT WOULD BE THE TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN, NO IFS, ANDS, OR BUTS.IT IS A REAL EXPERIENCE THAT WE ALL NEED TO KNOW.


    Any additional comments?

    YOU WOULD BE FOOLISH IF YOU PASS THIS AUDIO BOOK UP.I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH OF GOOD THINGS ABOUT IT.SINCERLY,MM

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 12-08-12
    Denise 12-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "So relavent"
    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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    "A "Must""
    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alea Crossroads, TX, United States 10-29-12
    Alea Crossroads, TX, United States 10-29-12
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    "Moving Story"
    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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    "Love-Love-Love this book"
    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 Member Since 2015
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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