Thursday, January 13, 2011

Heaven is For Real by Todd, Sonya, and Colton Burpo Audio Book of the Week

This week's Audio Book of the Week is Heaven is For Real by the Burpo's and Read by Dean Gallagher

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

From Oasis Audio Site:
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.”

My Take:
when I was offered the opportunity to review the Oasis Audio book Heaven is for Real I was not really sure how I felt about the whole out o boy experiences and visiting Heaven and coming back topic.  After listing to this book I really don't know if I think that Colton really went to Heaven or not.  A lot of the things that they pointed out that he couldn't have known I think that he might have heard from someone.  Growing up in a Christian home and church children tend to pick up things even if they seem to no be listening. 
But If Colton did go to Heaven he tells a tale of some really wonderful things that I would love to see when I get to Heaven.  He describes what Heaven is like, about the people he met, the angels and Jesus. A wondrous place to be.
The Narrator Dean Gallagher did an excellent job at reading the book and got across all the wonder that Colton was feeling when he was describing the various things from his visit to Heaven.
I would recommend that you pick up this book and make up your own mind about the topic.  And if Colton is correct then Heaven is for Real and it is a magnificent place.

I received a review copy of this audio book from Oasis Audio. I was not required to write a positive review.

1 comment:

  1. I'm a little skeptical. But yesterday driving home from work, I heard an interview with the author on the radio, and don't you know I found myself crying listening to it?!

    Still skeptical I guess, but it was a touching story. Maybe I'll read the book.


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