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Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: , ,

Narrated By: Dean Gallagher

Publisher: Oasis Audio

Date: November 2010

Duration: 4 hours 17 minutes


“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.”

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  • Sharon Fauldd

    I enjoyed the book and was a little annoyed the detailed interview before the narration gave so much detail that it ended up spoiling some of the surprises in the story for me.

  • Kerrianne Wilson

    Listened to this since it was a free book in June. I enjoyed it for my daily commute, but it's not something I would have chosen to pay for, as I do not consider myself particularly religious. The narration was a bit goofy, but I thought the story of this little boy's 'journey' was interesting enough.

  • Sandra Bernight

    Very uplifting read. I enjoyed it a lot. Makes you think how your life is going.

  • Adrian Winters

    A decently-narrated tale of a young child reaching for life amidst intense pain, and how it relates to his family. Likely a case of post-traumatic stress disorder as the small mind of a pastor's child generates comforting and familiar images from Western religion to cope with emergency surgery. After the incident, the tales continue to grow as he continues to recount and translate images which can be related to his own family. One would hope for more of a case of something that wouldn't have been spoken or illustrated or suggested to the child, but that is indeed the power of suggestion. Unimaginative, solipsistic and unenlightened, the journey of a four-year-old is as simulating as one would think.

  • Ernest Atkinson

    Oh my goodness this is just awesome and teer shedding I fell bad for him and his sisters ;( but.. I'm a Christian and I knew I had to do this... I had to play it O.O I've been kicked in lockers and I'm 8. So I know how it fells going threw pain... I went threw loung cancer for 20 days O.O it's sad.... Well this is awesome and breathtaking like I'm like O.O " this is just wow..." That was my respond to this book I LOVE IT :D

  • Shanda Finnell

    Awesome!! Love this book. Could feel the presence of the lord the entire time.

  • Suzanne Anderson

    This book was an interesting read. It was hard to accept it using critical thought. Some of the things the little kid said seemed pretty wacky. I do believe in an afterlife. I do believe we go somewhere and have more experiences. But what influence did it have on him, not even being dead, that he was raised to that point as a preacher's kid in a small rural town? I believe he saw some things and maybe even Jesus. It just seemed to me like sort of a story that had some sensational elements, told by his father, a preacher, a self proclaimed storyteller.

  • Heather Blaylock

    Was a great listen makes you have a fresh look on things ..

  • Jason Goff

    This story had no surprises about heaven and takes the general meaning of who Jesus was, which is good. What's disturbing to me is the sense of needing wings along with other depictions for those in heaven. Can it really be that we have these exact images in heaven?

  • Laurie Matthews

    Very touching and inspiring story. If you find yourself doubting your faith, a must read.