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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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    Jill SANTA MARIA, CA, United States 01-02-12
    Jill SANTA MARIA, CA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not as compelling as expected.


    What could Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Perhaps telling the story chronologically rather than bouncing back and forth.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    2 blocks down 01-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Doubtfull"

    This story would be a lot easier to believe if the father was not a pastor. Is it just a fiction? if so, if should not be presented as fact.

    28 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-20-11
    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-20-11 Member Since 2005
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    "More about the Dad than the Kid"

    No two ways about it, the information FROM the boy was very interesting. The book, however, is a preacher's vehicle. I'm glad the story was made available but probably would have benefited more from a point of view that didn't reference everything the boy told them to the author's own line of work.

    If, however, you are involved in any christian philosophy and enjoy sermons with a positive message, this is the book for you.

    35 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Washington terrace, UT, United States 07-23-11
    Mary Washington terrace, UT, United States 07-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Not really what I thought it would be"

    I am a Christian and truly believe in heaven. I wish the book was more focused the little boy. I think the father tries too hard to prove this really happened. Not sure I would recommend, but it did give me hope that I will be reunited with those I love.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Kara Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States 04-20-11
    Kara Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States 04-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Heaven is for REAL"

    Great story to make you think that there is something out there that is much bigger than we are. I enjoyed it and appreciated the innocence of the child and the purity of what he saw. I appreciated the way the parents hesitated to bring this story out for fear of the backlash,I really feel like there was a reason to share this vision.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Nebraska City, NE, United States 04-23-11
    Elizabeth Nebraska City, NE, United States 04-23-11
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    ""as dad puts it""

    I was sincerely disappointed in this book. If I'd have know that this was the father (...pastor's...) recollection, opinion and analysis of what happened I would not have wasted time or money on this book. I would have just rented it from the library. It may seem cynical but I have trouble with the way he twisted and justified everything that he wrote with scripture instead of leaving the reader to interpret.

    33 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Reine Macomb, MI, United States 03-09-11
    Reine Macomb, MI, United States 03-09-11
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    "Great Story, Not So Good Narrator"

    I enjoyed the story but it was tough to listen to this narrator. He emphasizes each word which makes it come across too childish. Just because the story features a child doesn't mean you need to read it like you are speaking to a first grade class. The emotions from this reader seemed like someone reading a Christmas tale, and not a serious spiritual story. Sorry, but I cringed through this. For some this may not be so terrible.. just depends if you like this guy's reading style.

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Dodie BRIGHAM CITY, UT, United States 02-20-11
    Dodie BRIGHAM CITY, UT, United States 02-20-11
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    a little skeptical... not about heaven, but the father trying to put his own interpretation and comparison to scripture and the fact that he (father) is a pastor/minister

    45 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela J United States 02-17-11
    Pamela J United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2004

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "Fascinating story of heaven"

    An excellent story told in a rather strange way - - there's an interview at the beginning that completely SPOILS the entire book. Skip that part and go straight to the story of heaven as revealed through the eyes of a child. I was much more interested in what the little boy said than in his father's interpretation and translation. But, the story is so interesting because it seems like it was the boy's personal heaven - - an amazing and special concept that I hope doesn't get lost in the father's need to explain why it fit into a pretty standard biblical interpretation. Still, the story provides a great comfort and a wonderful sense of hope.

    47 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Bloomingdale, IL, United States 11-27-11
    Michael Bloomingdale, IL, United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Unbelievable (and not in a good way)"

    Too many contradictions and ridiculous suppositions. This isn't the little boys story... it's the parents story. Seems a shame to use your son to make money. Not worth the money or the time.

    26 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    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.

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  • J. Freeman
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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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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