"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
All I can say is, Thank you. I am a Christian and i do believe so to me this book is just more confirmation.
WOW! I listened to this book everyday going to work and coming home. I don't think there was a time that I didn't have a smile from ear to ear. I also have the book. I'm going to re-listen to this with my 11 year old son as we read the book together. I can't wait for him to hear it! Also, very good narration. I sometimes smiles at his voice changes for the different characters. It was cute. What a blessed little boy and family.
I saw the movie first. It left out so much of the boy's story of what he saw in heaven. I have always believed in heaven but after this there is no way you could not believe that this child did not go to heaven and witness what he says. He had no way of knowing these things that he talks about seeing and talking to the people he talked to.
The experiences that he had in heaven and how he met his sister that he had no knowledge of and no way of knowing anything about the miscarriage. I think everyone needs to read this story. Great story!!
Dean did an excellent job with this book.
Yes when his father the minister did not believe his son and then he got confused and doubted his own religion.
A must read. Much better than the movie.
I am on the young side of being older, but nonetheless - wiser.
A little boy's first-hand account of his visit to heaven... it is excellent and impossible to refute.
I would say it's number one.
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.
it wasn't his fault, the story was poorly told.
the title was WAY better than anything in the book. Maybe the kid should write the book instead...
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 .
The fact that they the speakers hit the nail on the fact about Jesus.
The Dad, Pastor, and the extremely hard test of faith he went through along with the building of his faith and other listeners faith.
Yes very much, especicily when he almost lost it, shows he has the love of the Lord Jesus Christ..
I have listened to it twice. And paid for it at work the next day I was dragging. I will listen to it again.
I want to here more about Heaven from this kid.
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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