Culture Publishers are in seventh heaven with near-death memoirs By | January 24, 2013 ShareTweet EmailPrint More More on Culture Subscribe to Culture Colton Burpo, then almost 4 years old, "dies" during an emergency appendectomy, travels to heaven and reports back how "really, really big God is." Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, the Rev. Todd Burpo's 2010 tale of his son's round-trip to the Pearly Gates, has sold more than 7.5 million copies after 22 printings. RNS photo courtesy Amazon.com. Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.(RNS) Heaven is hot -- just ask any bookseller in America. Folks have been going to heaven with amazing regularity lately. They look around then come back to report on the trip. For publishers, it's a lucrative journey.