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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (90,187 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent Narrator: Stu Gray Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9780785216490
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“A beautifully written glimpse into heaven that will encourage those who doubt and thrill those who believe.” —Ron Hall, coauthor of Same Kind of Different as Me

“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.”

Heaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mhines11 | 2/15/2014

    " My friends loved this book. I found it extremely hard to swallow. I believe the author fabricated most of the book, despite his assertions to the contrary. Theological problems throughout. Very easy read in spite of all that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie Warren | 1/30/2014

    " I feel like it's a feel-good story, and most everything this boy saw went along with what I believe heaven will be. I thought the writing in the beginning was well crafted and the ending wavered a bit, but overall it is a fast, captivating read. It is worth your time and the read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha Doust | 1/26/2014

    " A mountain out of a mole hill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquelyn | 1/23/2014

    " I really enjoyed this one! Full review to come later! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelyn Berns | 1/15/2014

    " This book was really good and it really made me think differently at times. The book is about how this kid named Colton was only three or four and he had a disease that was called appendicitis and that is when he has to maybe have them out. So coltons dad is a pastor at a church in their hometown in south Dakota and when colton got out of surgery and remembering that he was screaming and hollering for his dad that was in the waiting room. When colton got out of surgery he said that he had taken a trip to heaven and back. He has said that he saw some relatives that he has never met before. Colton had also talked about how his mom had a miscarriage and he would of had another brother but maybe he was just remembering what his dad had spoke in the sermon too and i think that if your a teenage i think u would like this book. Because it is really good and it is short and it makes you want to cry at times too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leanne Bench | 1/13/2014

    " Enjoyable feel good story! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 BeenBunz | 1/11/2014

    " This book is entirely narrated by the father on accounts supposedly relayed by his young son. I read this book with an open mind; however, it is difficult to come to any conclusions when this story is told in the father's perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah Harvey | 1/3/2014

    " There are lots of reviews of this book...both negative and positive and I read a few of them. I must say that I read it pretty much straight through without stopping. I found it to be intriguing and encouraging...who are we to judge and say that he didn't see heaven and Jesus? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Lobas | 12/24/2013

    " This is a fast read. There are many moments that make you think on a simplier level. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terrieb99 | 12/23/2013

    " Too simple. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Dalessio | 12/21/2013

    " What an amazing story of a little boy's trip to heaven and back - the details he states in conversations with his parents has changed my view of eternity - this will definitely change how you think about eternity. I know heaven is for real and enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annemai Berchtold | 12/13/2013

    " Who can not belive the words of a child !! His is not the only testament to this ! Great ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charee | 12/5/2013

    " I was a little skeptical at first but. kids are amazing and they do say the craziest things sometimes. I liked the it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosa Vazquez | 12/4/2013

    " This was an awesome book! It gives you hope when times are tough that God is there and soon the light will come. Also, it gives you reassurance that is Heaven is for real! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia Dyer | 5/9/2013

    " Amazing to see Heaven through the eyes of a child. Stunning how God uses our most precious gifts, our children to open our eyes sometimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg Reese | 3/21/2013

    " A very interesting book about what Heaven's really like. I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Presleigh | 3/11/2013

    " Hopeful and inspiring "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Klose | 2/21/2013

    " I was inspired to know God and Jesus Christ more. I don't want to leave this earth without Jesus Christ in my heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 1/15/2013

    " It is a feel good book that some will say is proof of where we go after death. For me there is a mystery and perhaps some day we will know all the answers but until then we do the best we can. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natacha Okazaki | 10/9/2012

    " A five star for sure. Loved every minute of reading this book with my kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Art King | 4/6/2012

    " This story has the down-home ring of small town authenticity. It starts with the midnight of a family ripped by a medical emergency and a father wrestling with God in the midst of his anguish. Next is the glorious sunrise of salvation through the eyes of a little boy. Don't miss it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Uhlig | 4/4/2012

    " Loved this book. So comforting right after my Daddy died... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suep | 2/25/2012

    " If you are not a believer, this book will mean nothing to you. If you are a believer, it will solidify your beliefs. The book will make you think what happens after death and the whole concept of heaven vs hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.L. Guida | 8/21/2011

    " I thought it was interesting but in the beginning, I thought the author needed to do more world building rather than just jumping into Colton's experience. This is a fast read and does bring up questions regarding the afterlife. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 7/28/2011

    " The father, the narrator of the book, is a pastor. It's hard to believe the boy's story is not somewhat influenced by his religious upbringing because the book is not objective at all. I do not recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrianna | 5/24/2011

    " Meh. I'm still not sure what I think of this. My own understanding and beliefs lead me to believe this was a bit contrived on the part of Todd Burpo to coincide with his own understanding of the bible, but maybe I'm wrong. Either way, I didn't find it particularly inspiring or interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harriet | 5/24/2011

    " A good book, and a believable story of a boy who went to heaven during a surgery. The things that he knew about heaven were way above the scope of what a 4 year old would know. I thought that someone could have helped the writer make the first part of the book more interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 5/24/2011

    " This is a very thought provoking book! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 5/23/2011

    " Quick read--my first on my nook. Thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ireland | 5/23/2011

    " I was not big in to reading topics like this until my friend said" This book is amazing". I read it and believed this little boy. I recommend you to all read this. This an amazing book telling you this extroidinary story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 5/23/2011

    " Pretty astounding story of a four year old who almost died due to an appendix eruption. He says he went to heaven. He met Jesus, his Pop and his sister who was miscarried. Descriptions and comments are quite startling considering his age and observations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 5/23/2011

    " wow! It was the painting by the little girl that totally blew me away. Read this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 5/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. I like that the author backs up is son's descriptions with scripture. I highly recommend this one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 5/22/2011

    " Very touching. Makes you wonder and question. "

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About the Author

Todd Burpo is pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan, a wrestling coach, a volunteer fireman, and operator of a garage-door company with his wife, Sonja, who is also a children’s minister, busy pastor’s wife, and mother. They have four children and live in Imperial, Nebraska.

About the Narrator

Stu Gray has spent most of his life communicating, speaking, and entertaining people. He hosts The Stupendous Marriage Show with his wife, Lisa, is a youth pastor at his church, and is a voiceover artist and audiobook narrator. Stu’s heart is for married couples—to encourage, challenge, and inspire them to have the best relationships possible, and for men who are looking to be godly men of character.