I’m so very excited because the Movie Heaven is For Real is out today and it’s a movie you should go see. Heaven Is For Real is about the experiences that the Burpo family had when their son Colton almost died. It’s a true story that was turned into a book. It wasn’t turned into a book so the family could make money, the book was made years after the event and doctor’s bills have to be paid right away. It wasn’t made so that a pastor could convert those that don’t believe in Jesus or heaven at all will believe. Todd didn’t even fully believe his son at first. It was made because it’s an amazing story that needed to be shared with the world to spark thought and because I honestly believe that GOD wanted this story told.
Heaven is For Real is Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL. The story brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. Written by Sony Pictures Publicity
This story came to life from connections of love and compassion from book to screen it’s been blessed. I have my own reaction to the movie which is I really liked it. I cried even though I knew Colton would survive. I’ve shown it to my kids and we had some really great conversations about death and life and Jesus and Heaven! The movie is full of love and doubt it really tells the story of Heaven in human terms. The actors are amazing, the director and screenwriter are amazing. I love how they were able to have Connor be such a natural little boy. He didn’t make eye contact and was really exploring heaven. They created that scene and his reaction is real because he hadn’t seen the set until that very moment.
Now, I’ve also seen the scope of believers and their opinions. My friend and leader of the Children’s Ministry at my church said she was impressed at how it wasn’t really overly religious. It’s a movie that is safe for none-believers to see and not feel pressured.
My close none-believer friend saw the movie with me and he said, wow I wasn’t expecting it to be so religious. But he also didn’t know that it was a best selling book and that the dad was a pastor.
From the two perspectives, yes it’s a religious movie, can you still go see it yes. Take Your Family! Go with an open heart and open eyes and just think about…… Is Heaven For Real?