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Heaven Is for Real - Bestselling book returns to top spot on New York Times list

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the week of April 6, 2014, Heaven Is for Real was listed as the #1 nonfiction paperback on the New York Times bestseller list – its 175th consecutive week on the list. A position that it previously held for a year in 2011, the book returns to #1 just as a major motion picture is set to release on April 16th nationwide.

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"It's been a joy to watch this little story quietly sneak into the hearts of readers and encourage people at every stage of life: children, parents and grandparents," says Joel Kneedler of Alive Communications, literary agent for Todd Burpo. "Only God could orchestrate that from one simple story. I'm grateful to see the book reach #1 again."

Heaven Is for Real also returned to the top spot in Canada's Globe & Mail since March 22, 2014. It has been listed as a bestseller by USA Today, NPR, and Publisher's Weekly.

Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back (Thomas Nelson, 9780849946158, $16.99, Nov. 2010) 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, and by New York Times bestselling 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.

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 thirteen 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.

Thomas Nelson publishers is a world-leading 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 www.thomasnelson.com.

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