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“Heaven Is for Real” Joins
Amazon’s Top 20 Best-Selling Books of All Time 

Nashville, Tenn. – “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent was recently named one of Amazon’s Top 20 Best-Selling Books of All Time, coming in at #17.

“It has been our privilege to help bring Colton Burpo’s story to millions of readers around the world,” says Mark Schoenwald, CEO and president of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “Many have been blessed by reading Heaven Is for Real, and we know that many more will continue to be inspired by this timeless and true story of Colton’s visit to heaven and back.”

“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.

“Heaven Is for Real has surpassed all expectations at every turn and continues to do so,” says Matt Baugher, senior vice president and publisher of W Publishing Group. “From the first day we met young Colton Burpo, we could tell that he was a very special boy and we knew we needed to publish this book. His parents showed great courage in opening up about their experience and this family’s story has resonated across the world, attaining #1 bestseller status in multiple countries. We are honored and proud to have played a part in such an amazing story.”

Since its 2010 release, the book has also reached No. 1 on countless best seller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, National Public Radio, The Globe and Mail, Christian Booksellers Association and Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.  The book was adapted into a major motion picture in 2014 which grossed over $100 million in global box office sales. The book was nominated once again as the 2014 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Book of the Year.

A revised and updated trade paper version of “Heaven Changes Everything: The Rest of Our Story” by Todd and Sonja Burpo released in early 2015 with 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 sixteen 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 ten 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 is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit