May, 2011— Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent (Thomas Nelson, 2010) remains this year’s runaway bestseller, spending 20 consecutive weeks in the #1 slot on the NY Times Paperback Nonfiction list. Following its release in early November, 2010, Heaven quickly climbed industry bestseller lists. And now Heaven is being pursued by major Hollywood producers, Joe Roth and T.D. Jakes. Their goal is to create a motion picture that will inspire even more families. Alive agents Rick Christian and Joel Kneedler are negotiating the film rights with Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
“We knew we had a great story, however, the response has been phenomenal,” said agent Joel Kneedler. “Not only has Lynn Vincent crafted another beautiful narrative, but the heart-felt comments from readers are amazing.” The feedback confirms the gentle, yet powerful, influence of this simple story. Heaven offers clues into life’s biggest question—what happens when we die? Through the eyes of a small-town family from Nebraska, readers are discovering the reality of Heaven and the hope of being reunited with loved ones.
Initial interest in Heaven is for Real began to swell when the Burpo family appeared on major media interviews like NBC’s Today Show, Fox & Friends, CNN’s Faces of Faith, People. However, when the NY Times ran a feature article titled “Celestial Sales For Boy’s Tale of Heaven,” the awareness went to another level. Heaven is now capturing hearts around the globe as international rights for publication have been acquired in 27 languages. ~JK