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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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    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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    "Awesome!"
    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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    "Amazing Story that Points to God, Jesus"
    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

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    "Best Movie of the Year!"
    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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    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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    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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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nimmi Hutnik
    4/18/15
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    "Great story"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J. Freeman
    HULL, United Kingdom
    8/10/11
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Justine
    Bulls, New Zealand
    8/15/13
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    "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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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