>Great article, as I lived in Nebraska for five years.
by: Meagan Morris, Yahoo contributors network:
The Imperial, Neb.-based Burpo family wasn’t expecting so much attention when father Todd Burpo wrote and published a book based on his son, Colton Burpo’s, brush with death. However, all they’re getting these days is attention, thanks to Colton and “Heaven is for Real,” the story that he told after pulling back from death.
You see, Colton Burpo claims he saw Jesus during his ordeal. He also told his parents information that he wouldn’t have otherwise known – like the daughter his mother miscarried before he was born.
“I remember Jesus, there’s streets of gold and a lot of colors. I sat on Jesus’ lap and then I just felt safe. God, he is the biggest one in Heaven, he can hold the world in his hands,” Colton said in a recent interview.
“Heaven is for Real” has sold thousands of copies since its release – and it’s remained on top of the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list for several weeks.
The book’s success is making the Burpo family famous in a state that boasts Marlon Brando, Nick Nolte and Johnny Carson as its native sons. However, other Nebraska-born authors have hit the big time with their works.
Meagan goes on to discuss Nicholas Sparks, L. Ron Hubbard and Daniel Quinn.