Lynn Vincent

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Lynn Vincent
Born1962 (age 56–57)
Springfield, Massachusetts, US
ResidenceSan Diego
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Danny R. Vincent

Lynn Vincent (born 1962) is a conservative American writer, journalist, and author or co-author of 10 books. Vincent's work focuses on memoirs, politics and current events. She is supportive of the Republican Party.

Vincent's best-known solo work is Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together. The tale of a friendship between a wealthy Texan and a black homeless man has been on the New York Times Best Seller list since October 2008.

She co-wrote Sarah Palin's 2009 memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life.[1]

In 2010, Vincent wrote, with Todd Burpo, Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, the story of the four-year-old son of a Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery visits heaven.

Vincent, a U.S. Navy veteran, spent 11 years as an investigative reporter and feature writer for WORLD magazine, a conservative Christian newsweekly. She has lectured on writing at the World Journalism Institute, and at The King's College in New York City.


Vincent was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and lives in San Diego, California.[2]

Magazine writing[edit]

During her 11 years as a senior writer and features editor for World magazine, Vincent covered politics, culture, and hot-button social issues. She wrote over 1,000 articles (see WORLD Magazine archives), including a report on how fetal tissue is acquired for medical research,[3] and exposing sexual abuse of women in Protestant churches.[4]

One of the subjects of the clergy abuse article, Donna Scott, is a regular writer at In 2009, Scott, while not a political conservative, defended Vincent's journalistic standards in the face of attacks by anti-Palin commentators.[5]


Heaven Is for Real[edit]

In 2010, Vincent collaborated with small-town Nebraska pastor Todd Burpo whose then-three-year-old son Colton suffered from an undiagnosed ruptured appendix. The book, Heaven Is for Real, details that during the months after emergency surgery, Colton began describing events and people it was impossible for him to have seen or met, such as his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born.[6][7][8] Within three weeks of its November 2010 release, the book debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. By January 2011, there were 200,000 copies in print, and the book hit #1 on the New York Times list.[9]

In April 2014, TriStar Pictures released a movie version of Heaven is for Real, co-written and directed by Randall Wallace, and starring Greg Kinnear (as Todd Burpo), Kelly Reilly (as Sonja Burpo), Connor Corum (as Colton Burpo) and Margo Martindale and Thomas Haden Church.

Going Rogue[edit]

Vincent was hired by former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to be the collaborator on Palin's memoir, Going Rogue.[10] Upon release, the book immediately hit no. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.[11] Palin's memoir is one of only four political memoirs to sell more than 1 million copies, with current sales over 3 million.

Same Kind of Different as Me[edit]

In addition to her other books, Vincent has had success with Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together (Thomas Nelson, 2008). This true story, of the friendship between a wealthy Texan, Ron Hall, and a homeless African-American man, Denver Moore, was close to Vincent's heart. Her family was homeless when she was a teenager, and she has volunteered frequently in homeless programs.[2][12]

The book has sold more than a million copies. Through Hall and Moore's speaking engagements, the book has helped raise more than $30 million for homeless shelters nationwide.[13][14]

Other works[edit]

In 2009 Vincent co-authored with Hall and Moore a follow-up book entitled What Difference Does It Make? Stories of Hope and Healing (Thomas Nelson).[15]

Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime and Corruption in the Democratic Party, written with conservative journalist Robert Stacy McCain (Thomas Nelson, 2006). Donkey Cons examines the differences between the way that the major political parties handle corruption in their own ranks.

Other collaborative memoirs Vincent has published include:

Never Surrender: A Soldier's Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom, by Jerry Boykin and Vincent (Faith Words, 2008). William G. Boykin is an original member of the U.S. Army's Delta Force who led operations during the invasions of Grenada and Panama, including the rescue of American Kurt Muse, a political prisoner of General Manuel Noriega. Boykin was present at Noriega's surrender, and also headed the Colombian-led capture of narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar. In 2003 Boykin clashed with some in the U.S. media when speeches delivered at Christian events were interpreted by some to be policy statements.

The Blood of Lambs: A Former Terrorist's Memoir of Death and Redemption (Howard, 2009) by Kamal Saleem and Vincent.

The Prodigal Comes Home: My Story of Failure and God's Story of Redemption by Michael English and Vincent (Thomas Nelson, 2008). English, an award-winning gospel and contemporary Christian music singer, fell from grace[16] and hit bottom as a prescription drug addict after committing adultery, only being restored to health by turning to God.[17]

On April 12, 2011, Vincent released a book with Abby Sunderland titled Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas.[18]


  • Vincent, Lynn. Vladic, Sara. (2018) Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1501135941
  • Burpo, Todd. Vincent, Lynn. (2010) Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-0849946158
  • Palin, Sarah. Going Rogue: An American Life. (2009). HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-193989-1
  • Hall, Ron. Moore, Denver. Vincent, Lynn. (2009) What Difference Do It Make? Stories of Hope and Healing. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-0-8499-2019-6
  • Saleem, Kamal. Vincent, Lynn (2009) The Blood of Lambs: A Former Terrorist's Memoir of Death and Redemption. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4165-7780-5
  • English, Michael. Vincent, Lynn (2008) The Prodigal Comes Home: My Story of Failure and God's Story of Redemption. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-1-59555-129-0
  • Boykin, William G. Vincent, Lynn (2008) Never Surrender: A Soldier's Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom. Faith Words. ISBN 978-0-446-58215-5
  • Hall, Ron. Moore, Denver. Vincent, Lynn. (2006) Same Kind of Different as Me. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-0-8499-0041-9
  • Vincent, Lynn. Robert Stacy McCain (2006) Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Democratic Party. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-1-59555-024-8
  • Vincent, Lynn (2001) The Military Advantage. LearningExpress. ISBN 978-1-57685-363-4
  • Vincent, Lynn (2001) ASVAB Success. LearningExpress. ISBN 978-1-57685-386-3


  1. ^ "Sarah Palin picks conservative author to assist on memoir". Associated Press. May 21, 2009. Archived from the original on May 25, 2009. Retrieved October 25, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Bell, Diane (September 29, 2009). "S.D. ghostwriter mum on Sarah Palin memoir". The San Diego Union-Tribune ( Retrieved September 29, 2009.
  3. ^ Vincent, Lynn (October 23, 1999). "The harvest of abortion." WORLD Magazine ( Accessed October 22, 2009.
  4. ^ Vincent, Lynn (March 30, 2002). "Breaking faith," WORLD Magazine ( Accessed October 12, 2009.
  5. ^ Scott, Donna (October 9, 2009). "Say It Ain't So," ( Accessed October 9, 2009.
  6. ^ "The angels sang to Colton". The North Platte Telegraph. January 13, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
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  9. ^ Sehgal, Parul (January 14, 2010). "Paperback Nonfiction". New York Times.
  10. ^ Smith, Ben (October 1, 2009). "Palin co-author: Evangelical, partisan". The Politico. Retrieved October 2, 2009.
  11. ^ New York Times, November 27, 2009
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  13. ^ Lacy, Rick (September 1, 2009). "Same Kind of Different as Me," Cityview ( Accessed October 16, 2009.
  14. ^ Nelson, Marcia Z. (March 31, 2006) "Unlikely Friends and a Strange, True Tale...," Publishers Weekly ( Accessed October 25, 2009.
  15. ^ Chavez, Stella M. (October 2, 2009) "'Different' authors stay the course with new book," Star-Telegram ( Accessed October 25, 2009.
  16. ^ (May 11, 1004) "Michael English: An admitted fall from grace," Star-News (,4131843&dq=michael+english&hl=en). Accessed October 20, 2009.
  17. ^ Farias, Andree (March 24, 2008) "Coming Clean," Christianity Today ( Accessed October 15, 2009.
  18. ^ Strasser, Max (December 20, 2010). "Abby Sunderland, Teenage Solo Sailor: Where Is She Now?". AOL News. Archived from the original on December 21, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2010.

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