Heaven is for Real for Kids Trailer
Heaven is for real, and you are going to like it!
"Heaven is for Real," the best seller written by Todd Burpo of Imperial with Lynn Vincent, has been on the New York Times Bestseller List in the paperback non-fiction category for 35 weeks. As a matter of fact, it's been the number one book every week but one back to Jan. 23, or for 17 non-consecutive weeks.
It also reached number one on the Canada list last week, and has been on that list for 15 weeks. That's according to Stephanie Newton, senior publicist for non-fiction at Thomas Nelson, the publisher.
The book is the story of young Colton Burpo's emergency surgery and consequent survival, with his remarkable experience in between.
Colton tells his parents of his journey to heaven, seeing relatives, how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us, and seeing the doctor operating on him.
Newton said four million copies of the book and e-book have been sold.
On Nov. 8, a new, related book will be released. "Heaven is for Real for Kids" is Colton's message, told by him in the book: Jesus really, really loves children.
In an effort to reach even more families with this story, the new book is in Colton's words, to other children.
Father Todd said, "It's for parents and grandparents to sit down with the children and read and talk about heaven."
The book is illustrated by Wilson Ong, under Colton's direction. Burpo said the illustrations tell the story more clearly for children.
A letter to parents is included to guide them in talking to their children about heaven. Scripture, along with a question/answer section with answers from the Bible, is also included.
The book is for children ages four through eight, Burpo said.
A DVD-based conversation kit and guide will also be available in November.
In the works is a movie based upon "Heaven is for Real," to be filmed by Columbia Pictures, part of Sony Studios.
"Everything is moving forward, but nothing is signed. The paperwork is in lawyerland," Burpo laughed.
With the average movie taking 18 months to film, Burpo said, and Sony Studios deciding when to release it, he guesses it could be a Christmas 2013 movie.
Burpo wants to make sure the movie accurately portrays the book, hence the legal discussion. "I'll never have complete control but will have influence," he said of the movie. Burpo owns the story, and the publisher, Thomas Nelson, owns the book, he noted.
"When you work with producers, the relationship you have with them and they have with the studios is important. The whole road is scary territory."
Burpo feels that, "A whole lot more people watch movies than read books, so we can reach more people."
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SOURCE: The Wauneta Breeze | The Imperial Republican