By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
“Heaven is for Real” is flying off the shelves in many locations, and currently has a spot on the New York Times Best Seller List.
The book by Imperial’s Todd Burpo, which chronicles son Colton’s heavenly visit during an appendectomy as a 4-year-old, was No. 3 for the week of Dec. 5 in the paperback non-fiction division.
This coming week, Dec. 12, it is at No. 11.
Burpo said Tuesday his publisher, Thomas Nelson, has ordered another printing of 40,000 copies of “Heaven is for Real,” which are to be shipped Dec. 16. Those are added to the 92,000 that were already in print.
Burpo said the downloaded copies of his book from the Internet and for e-book reading devices are likely driving the sales. Most Christian book stores, he said, do not report their sales numbers to the New York Times.
He and wife, Sonja, say the book’s popularity has been a surprise.
“The response was unexpected. They (publishers) told us not to expect anything, so we were not anticipating it,” he said.
“We are thrilled and excited.”
Todd and Colton’s live appearance on the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” program last month garnered a lot of response. He said they’ve received a lot of comments from people who said they saw the segment.
While in Denver for the “Fox & Friends” taping Nov. 15, they also taped for the Daystar Channel “Celebrations” program that aired Nov. 16. A third taping that day was with the Denver Fox 31 channel and will be included in a “Power of Prayer” documentary.
Next week, a crew from the “700 Club Interactive” program will be in Imperial for a taping that will be aired sometime next year.
The family also has a number of book signings on the schedule.
Written in Todd Burpo’s first-person narrative, the 150-page book tells of Colton’s near-death experience in 2003 when he slipped from consciousness during surgery and then, over a period of time, begins telling his parents of his visit to heaven.
The book is currently on sale locally at The Imperial Republican and The Attic in Champion.