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Heaven Is for Real

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

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Number one New York Times best seller with more than 11 million copies sold and Amazon's #17 best-selling book of all time. Heaven Is for Real was the best-selling nonfiction book of 2011 as reported by Nielsen's Bookscan, and it was made in to a major motion picture by Sony in 2014.

"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.

Continue the Burpos' story in Heaven Changes Everything: The Rest of Our Story. Heaven Is for Real also is available in Spanish, El cielo es real.

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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • MISSCHRISTY
  • 15-10-2017

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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  • cheryl anderson
  • 19-07-2020

inspiring

I have trouble concentrating when I read on my own. Audible has allowed me to read this book and enjoy the experience the family went through.

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  • Levi Anderson
  • 18-05-2020

All Smiles

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
  • 24-02-2020

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
  • 16-02-2020

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
  • 17-01-2020

Amazing!!!!

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-2020

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
  • 15-12-2019

Amazing

Absolutely amazing. I need to add 13 more words so here is 13 more words.

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  • skpp3
  • 26-09-2019

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
  • 28-08-2019

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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  • Lori
  • 16-05-2020

I know heaven is Real

Having lost our own baby at just 10 weeks after her birth this true story has brought me comfort and further understanding that heaven is real and we as a family will all be reunited again in heaven when that time comes.

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  • Declan
  • 13-10-2019

nah

no not for me, sound too brainwashed. rainbow hoses, what next unicorns, think he's overheard more what his parents know.

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  • MRS A D POOLE
  • 31-08-2018

Excellent

Certainly food for thought. An interesting read and the book is better than the film

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