"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
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.
A bookworm since a child. Love audible books.
I enjoy the audio versions of books because I commute. I think I enjoyed hearing the author himself talk about his experiences at the beginning of this book. You can hear the emotional content of the story in the audio book that you do not get in the print version.
Colton. The child would just blurt out what he was thinking and feeling.
Colton telling his parents that he had a sister in heaven.
This book was made into a film already. I enjoyed the audio book better than the movie.
New to audible - enjoy a variety of authors from Chick Lit/Romance to Biographies and interesting personal stories! Nice to meet you .. :)
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!
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!
The authenticity of the story. It was inspiring to me
havent read anything that I could compare it to that was authentic and not a novel
no he is new to me
The book inspired me with wonder, to hope that I may also have the same experience one day in Heaven
The most enjoyable parts for me were hearing how Colton (the boy) revealed his experiences to his parents and their reactions to each revelation.
One of the most memorable moments was when Colton told his mom that he had another sister and that whole discussion.
Dean allows me to get a little sense of the emotion the family experienced.
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!
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.
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