Heaven Is for Real

Book Hits Sales Benchmark, Lands on Numerous Best Seller Lists

Jan 24, 2011, 17:48 ET from Thomas Nelson

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Since its release 12 weeks ago, sales momentum for Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent has continued to surpass every expectation. For the weeks of January 23rd and January 30th, Heaven Is for Real will be listed as the #1 nonfiction paperback on the New York Times Best Seller List. The book also is listed at #19 (all books) by USA Today, #3 (nonfiction paperback) by Publisher's Weekly, and #5 (all books) by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

In addition to being ranked near the top on numerous best seller lists, the 500,000th copy of the acclaimed title has recently been printed.

"In our industry, there are expected bestsellers and then there are surprise phenomenon like Heaven Is For Real," says Matt Baugher, Thomas Nelson Vice President and Publisher. "This book seems to pass all expectations on a weekly basis - incredible sales for an incredible story. Great content still moves books, and we're honored to play a part."

In March 2003, Todd and Sonja Burpo were on the verge of their worst nightmare – losing a child. Their 4-year-old son Colton's appendix had unknowingly burst days before, and he was now fighting a life-threatening infection. To save Colton, surgery was the only option. But what would happen during that surgery was more than healing through modern medicine.

Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back (Thomas Nelson, 978-0-8499-4615-8, $16.99, November 2010) is the true story of the Burpo family and Colton, who during his life-threatening illness and sudden surgery, slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He narrowly survives. Several months later while passing by the same hospital that saved him, Colton begins talking about his experiences during surgery and making a trip to heaven. The family didn't know what to believe, but soon the evidence was clear.

Written in the first-person narrative of Colton's father, Todd, and by New York Times best-selling author Lynn Vincent, Heaven Is for Real walks readers through the revelation of Colton's trip, his parent's initial uncertainties, and the lessons learned by such a small child.

SOURCE Thomas Nelson