‘Heaven is for Real’ climbs to No. 1 on Times Best Sellers List
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Strong interest continues for Todd Burpo’s book, “Heaven is for Real,” which chronicles his son Colton’s experience of visiting heaven.
It’s been on the New York Times Best Sellers List since November, when it was released by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Lynn Vincent assisted in the writing of the book.
For the week of Jan. 23, the book hit its highest level ever, reaching the No. 1 ranking for nonfiction paperback books.
Previous to that it was No. 9 for the week of Jan. 16, and ranked No. 13 for each of the first two weeks of the new year.
The book has also been listed on Amazon.com’s Best Sellers List, and has also recently been released in Spanish.
Burpo said its rise to No. 1 was likely helped by Kathy Lee Gifford’s reference to “Heaven is for Real” on the Today Show earlier this month. She talked about the book on the morning talk show in which she serves as one of the hosts.
Written in Todd Burpo’s first-person narrative, the 150-page book tells of then four-year-old 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.
Colton Burpo is now 11 years old and a sixth grade student at Chase County Schools.
The book is available locally at The Imperial Republican office, or The Attic in Champion.