30 September 2012

Audiobook Review: Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real stuck with me for days. I couldn't get Colton's description of heaven out of my head. I couldn't stop reflecting back on Todd's descriptions of how they unraveled Colton's experiences. I really couldn't stop looking at the painting Colton confirmed looks like Jesus. It stuck with me. It made me think. It validated some things I had heard and challenged other things I had heard. It made me think of my father who passed away in April 2011. It brought out my inner skeptic and believer simultaneously. It reminded me over and over again of that expression and Bible passage (Psalm 8:2), "Out of the mouth of babes." Heaven is for Real isn't a beautifully written piece of literature everyone will enjoy. But if you're open to it, is an honest, simple, clear, thought provoking retelling of what happened to one boy and his family. It's the kind of book I will never forget and probably relisten to many times over.

Heaven is For Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent (published by Oasis Audio) is read by Dean Gallagher and consists of 4 discs (4 hours and 16 minutes). Dean Gallagher is so earnest as the narrator that I really did believe during my listen that he was the author himself. His no frills honest approach felt very authentic.

52 comments :

  1. I think I'd be the same way - skeptical and believing both at the same time.

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  2. I think I would be that, too...skeptical and believing...does that make sense...but you and Kathy and I have all lost our fathers...relatively recently...sometimes I think that has made me believe differently...but I always feel that I am closest to my dad when I am getting on a plane...no clue why!

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    1. Well I think my faith makes me believe more.
      But then our world makes me more skeptical.

      I had no idea me, you, and Kathy share that.
      *group hug*

      On a plane?
      How interesting! :)
      If that worked for me I would fly much more ;)
      That's very cool.

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  3. i seen this book around but never stopped to read its description until now. it sounds like a really good read.

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  4. This sounds really sweet. Glad you enjoyed it, Juju!

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  5. Oh I'm so glad you enjoyed this book! I had the same reactions you did while reading it.

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  6. I read this book a while ago and it I found myself thinking about it a lot too.

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    1. *high fives* to you and Senator :) It's always nice to hear your friends felt the same things.

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  7. Sounds inspiring and honest. May have to gibe this one a go.

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  8. I've heard of this book. I might have to pick it up.

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  9. Picked this up in PB for Mom recently, so far her feedback is much the same. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I read the kids book version of this and it was sweet. I have not gotten this one. Have a great week! :O)

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    1. Oh I heard about that one.
      I need to look into it.

      Thanks so much for coming by.
      I adore your name "Estrella".
      It's one of the names I contemplated giving my daughter.

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  11. Very cool. I hadn't heard of it before. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Sounds good! I always appreciate a book that can make me think, especially if it's about the afterlife

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  13. I love that you reviewed this book. I read it a few months ago and adored it. Not only did it make me cry (in a good way) but, like you said, it provoked and challenged the way I view death and heaven. :0)

    Also, on a random side-note, I met the agent for this book last weekend. He was totally authentic and sweet. :0)

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  14. I agree that it was thought-provoking. It was on my mind for quite a while after I read it myself. I thought they did a great job of staying real and not so pushy, if that makes any sense. Nice review. :)

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    1. Yes! True. Excellent point. Thank you so much for saying that and coming by.

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  15. Ohh yes, books that make you think and stay with you for days afterwards = the BEST.

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  16. Oh! I read this. I LOVED it! I had forgotten about the painting. I just thought that it was really powerful. As a believer, it made me think about all the possibilities that we don't even know about. :) Great Review!

    ~Liz

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    1. Oh yes. Did you ever look it up? :)

      And you are so right about all the possibilities.

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  17. Wow, this one sounds inspiring! I'm in the mood for a light and fluffy read right now, but when I want a serious book, I'll have to look this one up!

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  18. I've heard from several different people that this one really stays with you. I never thought to listen to it. Maybe I'll give that a try!

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  19. I don't usually gravitate towards religious reads, or biography like books, but when kids talk about death and dying I tend to give them my undivided attention. Working with kids in a hospital setting makes me realize, when they say they think they are going to die - you'd better take them seriously. Plus, kids are so innocent. I usually like stories told from that innocent perspective. I might have to give this one a try. Is it told from the child's perspective in first person or third?

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    1. Right?
      Because kids are such honest souls.

      It's told from the Dad's perspective of what lead up to it, how they realized something profound had happened, and how they slowly extracted the information from him over the years. They tried to never push him or put ideas in his head.

      If you decide to try it, I would recommend the library for you. Just to make sure you like the style.

      So do you still work in a hospital? Are you a nurse? :)

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  20. I find these types of books so powerful and moving. I have been wanting to read this one but haven't yet. Am so glad you loved it!

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    1. Oh you must check it out and let me know what you think when you do :)

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  21. Sounds like this book really stuck with you!

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  22. I loved this book! Didn't know they had an audio version, but then why wouldn't they? It's such an awesome story. :)

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    1. :)
      I love that it's available in so many formats

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  23. nice review, everything I've ever heard about this book is good. I should probably read it. Maybe I'll take your advice and listen to it.

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    1. :) I think you're going to love it.
      Good luck deciding which format.

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  24. Reading from your review, this book engenders heavy duty thinking... I'll have to mull on that, whether I'm up for that or not :)

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  25. My husband read it and enjoyed it. That says a lot right there. I'm not sure if I'm ready for it (if that makes sense).

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    1. That does say allot. Is he a big reader? :)

      That does make total sense. Did he tell you about it?
      I totally filled my husband in after I read it.

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  26. This has been on my to-read list for a while now. Your review makes me want to pick it up even more. I had forgotten about it!

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  27. You're a Christian I think? How sweet... :)) And a fellow blogger. You and I should be friends.. hehe

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