NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, Apr 12, 2012 — "Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent has taken the publishing world by storm since its release in November 2010. On April 8th, the title charted on The Globe and Mail Bestseller List for the 52nd consecutive week, marking one full year on the list.

"We are grateful of the sales achievements ‘Heaven is for Real’ has made and continues to make. And, we are especially humbled by the impact Colton’s story is making in lives around the world," says Tom Knight, senior vice president of sales at Thomas Nelson, Inc. "It’s our honor to take this story to a world that needs the hope ‘Heaven is for Real’ provides. We look forward to many more weeks and even years of this book speaking into millions of lives in Canada and around the world."

Matt Baugher, senior vice president and publisher at Thomas Nelson, Inc. says, "To see this inspiring story take hold around the world has been an astounding experience. More than anything else, it shows that great books transcend territory and culture, and a great message knows no boundaries. May the journey of Colton Burpo continue to provide hope and inspiration for many years to come."

"Heaven Is for Real" 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, with New York Times best-selling author Lynn Vincent, "Heaven Is for Real" walks readers through the revelation of Colton’s trip, his parents’ initial uncertainties and the lessons learned by such a small child.

In addition to its place on the Globe and Mail Best Seller List, on April 8, "Heaven Is for Real" will be listed as the #1 "nonfiction paperback" on the New York Times Best Seller List – its 58th week (non-consecutive) in the top spot and a record for Thomas Nelson, Inc. The book has also reached #1 on the following lists since its release: USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, National Public Radio, Christian Booksellers Association and Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

"Heaven Changes Everything: Living Every Day with Eternity in Mind," a devotional reader, will be released in October 2012. A deluxe hardcover edition of "Heaven Is for Real" is one of a trio of products by the Burpo family released by Thomas Nelson, Inc. in November 2011. "Heaven is for Real DVD-based Conversation Kit" features footage of the Burpo family talking about their experiences while offering discussion questions and suggestions for participants. "Heaven is for Real for Kids" offers Colton’s incredible story for children ages 4-8 with breathtaking images and heartfelt content that helps parents talk to their children about heaven. It has spent three weeks on the top of the New York Times best seller list.

Todd Burpo is pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan and a volunteer fireman. His wife Sonja is a children’s minister, busy pastor’s wife and mom. Colton, an active twelve year old, has an older sister, Cassie, and a younger brother, Colby.

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 coauthor of nine books, Vincent worked for eleven years as senior writer, then features editor, at the national news biweekly WORLD Magazine where she covered politics, culture and current events. A U.S. Navy veteran, Lynn is also a lecturer in writing at the World Journalism Institute and The King’s College in New York City.

Thomas Nelson, Inc., headquartered in Nashville, TN, is one of the leading trade publishers in the United States. The Company has become the world’s leading provider of "inspirational" content, with product distribution in over 100 countries, including: books, eBooks, journals, audio, video, curriculum, digital applications for "smart" electronic devices and live events. For more information, please visit

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Contacts: Thomas Nelson, Inc. Brittany Lassiter International Marketing Manager (615) 902-1743 / twitter: @blassiter