If you've read the New York Times #1 bestselling nonfiction book, Heaven Is For Real, you know the answer isn't quite as easy as it may seem. The book narrates the story of 4-year-old Colton Burpo, whose father, Todd, must muster up the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience in traveling to heaven and back.
Don't have time to read the book or want to see it unfold before your eyes?
The good news is that Heaven Is For Real is coming to the big screen on April 16, just in time for Easter Sunday.
Whatever your feelings on the afterlife—even in your current life, right
here, right now--there is this beauty all around you that’s been nicely
captured for this film through the eyes of a little boy. If you don’t have
any personal inspiration, Heaven Is For Real will give you some.
In addition to Kinnear, the cast includes Kelly Reilly as Colton’s mother, Sonja, and Connor Corum as Colton . The film also features Emmy winner Margo Martindale and Academy Award nominee Thomas Haden.
Directed by Randall Wallace and produced by Joe Roth and T.D. Jakes, the screenplay was written by Randall Wallace and Christopher Parker. For Roth, Todd's conflict was pivotal:
A lot of things in this story appealed to me, and one was Todd’s
conflict. Should he stir up the townspeople with his son’s story or
put it aside? And he did the unsafe thing. He backed his son’s vision,
though it could cost him his job and make him quite unpopular in town.”
Pastor and entrepreneur T.D. Jakes, added:
The great gift of Heaven Is For Real is the possibility of the impossible,
the touchability of the abstract — so powerful that we feel as if we are
one with something we just can't touch. That’s what faith is.
But the faith in this film is far from simplistic. It's no quick solution,
nothing magical. It's a struggling, stumbling, groping, grasping faith,
reaching through dark fear and confusion to solidify the abstractions
of life. And it's appropriate that a little child teaches adults how to
believe again, how to trust again.”
Heaven Is For Real is a wonderful family movie. More importantly, it teaches a central tenet of the Christian faith. The Motley Monk suggests that experiencing the movie during the Easter season would be a wonderful way to celebrate the Solemnity of the Resurrection.
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