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Heaven Is for Real

A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Written by: Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
Narrated by: Stu Gray
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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"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.

This audiobook recording of Heaven Is For Real includes additional bonus content including updates from father Todd and son Colton on recent events including the making-of-the-movie experience and "from the set" Q&A's with the movie's filmmakers and actors.

©2014 HIFR Ministries, Inc. (P)2017 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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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)
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A beautiful Faith story

I absolutely LOVED this book! It is very inspirational and interesting, I couldn't stop listening. I could listen to it over and over. Thank you so much for writing this fantastic book. The narrator was fabulous, I enjoyed listening to his voice.

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  • 2017-10-15

Giving believers more inspiration

I think often times we as believers don't give the words of Christ enough thought. Or perhaps we over think what we read in the Bible. Colton kept everything simple and easy to understand. It's heartwarming to hear how this child's testimony touched others across the globe. Most importantly how his story exposed others to Jesus Christ. Sometimes we feel that "our" story isn't that big of a deal, or lacks significance. But as the Bible states, we can do all things through Christ Jesus. And since God brings us through our trials and tribulations which helps brings us closer to God Almighty, it also shows how important God thinks we all are. After all, He created all of us. Glad this child was shown Heaven and got to spend a special time with God and Jesus. This child along with his family have great things ahead of them :). Keep the faith, and fight the good fight!!

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  • Levi Anderson
  • 2020-05-18

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What a lovely story about Jesus, God, Heaven,and faith through innocent eyes. I loved every chapter. now I need to watch the movie!
God Bless

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  • J. Forkel
  • 2020-02-24

Enjoyed listening to this wonderful story.

Enjoyed listening to this wonderful story about a family's experience with their son & Jesus.

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  • Manuel Ruiz
  • 2020-02-16

Makes you think about the possibility being real.

Good story, good narration. I want to watch the movie. My only negative comment is related to the last couple of chapters. When the real story ends and they start talking about the production process of the movie I was desperate to finish it...

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  • Jim
  • 2020-01-17

Amazing!!!!

This book is absolutely amazing!!!!
Incredible glimpses into Heaven!
Incredible struggles from a real family!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-12

I am Speechless

This book, this story is absolutely amazing.
I finished it in one setting. Wow!

Stories about encountering God always have my full attention, Heaven is For Real is no exception.

It is interesting how Colton's encounter unfolds and the patience from the parents in asking him questions.

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  • Capsaicin
  • 2019-12-15

Amazing

Absolutely amazing.

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  • skpp3
  • 2019-09-26

Heaven IS for Real!

This book encouraged my faith, and shared the truth that someday I will see my family again.

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  • Iadora Kelley
  • 2019-08-28

Totally ENJOYED This Presentation!!!

Was brought to the verge of tears on several occasions! Suspect that's 'cuz I'm an NDEer also!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-31

Will enrich your life and relationship with God

Really easy to listen to. Found the beginning a bit slow and strange but it all made sense later on.
Great great message!! Highly recommend it. I had to get used to the narrators style but awesome overall.