ECPA's Rush To PressHeaven Is for Real Bestseller Reaches Ten Million Copies Sold

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Nashville, Tenn. – Matt Baugher, Senior Vice President and Publisher of W Publishing Group, announces that “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent has sold its ten millionth copy since release in November 2010.


“This is a rare milestone in our industry and one that we don’t take lightly,” says Baugher. “We are deeply grateful to all of the retailers, distributors, and passionate readers who have worked so hard to share this story with others. It was and is a story worth telling and we’re honored to be a part of it. “


“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 parent’s initial uncertainties and the lessons learned by such a small child.


Since release, the book has also reached No. 1 on countless bestseller lists, including The New York TimesUSA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, National Public Radio, Christian Booksellers Association and Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. A major motion picture was released in April 2014.


A revised and updated trade paper version of “Heaven Changes Everything: The Rest of Our Story” by Todd and Sonja Burpo will be released on January 6, 2015. The new edition will include never-before-seen family photos and two new chapters.


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 fifteen year old, has an older sister, Cassie, and a younger brother, Colby.


Lynn Vincent is the New York Times bestselling 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.



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