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

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

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By (author) Todd Burpo, Read by Dean Gallagher, With Lynn Vincent

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  • Publisher: Oasis Audio, Div of Domain Communications
  • Format: CD-Audio | 4 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 163mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 2 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Illinois
  • ISBN 10: 1598599194
  • ISBN 13: 9781598599190
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 48,279

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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."

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Todd Burpo is pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan, a wrestling coach, a volunteer fireman, and he operates a garage door company with his wife, Sonja, who is also a children's minister, busy pastor's wife, and mom. Colton, now an active 11-year-old, has an older sister Cassie and a younger brother Colby. The family lives in Imperial, Nebraska. Lynn Vincent is the "New York Times" best-selling writer of "Same Kind of Different as Me" and "Going Rogue: An American Life." The author or co-author of nine books, Vincent is a senior writer for "WORLD" magazine and a lecturer in writing at the King's College in New York City. She lives in San Diego, California.

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"Burpo, a Wesleyan pastor in rural Nebraska, recounts the story of his son's mystic vision of heaven while the youngster was suffering from a near-fatal illness in the spring of 2003. Through the course of the work, Burpo recalls conversations he had with his son about what heaven was like. Christians will be encouraged, non-Christians not at all. This work is written in a plain, conversational style that Dean Gallagher narrates with great skill. Gallagher reads at a pace that is never hurried, even when recalling stressful incidents. He is expressive, but never melodramatic--especially when relating the anguish Burpo and his wife felt at nearly losing their child." M.T.F. (c) AudioFile Portland, Maine