He had died and gone to heaven, where he met his great-grandfather; the biblical figure Samson; John the Baptist; and Jesus, who had eyes that 'were just sort of a sea-blue and they seemed to sparkle.
It's probably safe to say at this point that "Heaven is for Real" is, well, for real.
"Heaven is for real: a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back" entered the New York Times bestseller list one year ago. On the Times' bestseller listings for Nov. 27, the tome remains entrenched at No. 1 for Paperback Nonfiction and is still going strong at No. 3 for Combined Print & E-book Nonfiction.
Written by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent (Sarah Palin's collaborator on "Going Rogue"), "Heaven is for Real" relates the dream Todd's son Colton experienced as a 4-year-old when a ruptured appendix required emergency surgery.
"He woke up with an astonishing story," the Times reported earlier this year. "He had died and gone to heaven, where he met his great-grandfather; the biblical figure Samson; John the Baptist; and Jesus, who had eyes that 'were just sort of a sea-blue and they seemed to sparkle.' "
The book has sold more than 5.6 million copies. With that kind of success, it's no surprise that the Burpo family recently released a second book: "Heaven is for Real for Kids." As Urban Christian News reported, the new publication "is Colton's message, told by him in the book: Jesus really, really loves children."
Colton Burpo (now 12 years old) and his parents will appear on NBC's "Today" show this Tuesday. It will be their second time on the show this year, as the Burpos previously sat down with Matt Lauer on March 11.