I wrote a whole post about this movie after Mark and I watched it about a month ago but did it on my new tablet and promptly lost everything. So I’m going to do it again from the desktop.
Have you seen this movie? If you haven’t, I strongly suggest that you do. It is fabulous and deeply moving in every way.
Here is the official plot summary:
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL 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
The little boy they cast to play the part of Colton was superb, along with the rest of the cast.
I has watched it once before Mark and I watched it together and it got me thinking about my own experience. It saddened me greatly to realize how far away from my connection to God that I have allowed the world and the enemy to take me. Just a short time ago, no more than 3 or 4 years, I would have told you it was impossible but here I am. I don’t pray for the first hour of each day, or read daily in the Bible, or walk around the house praying in tongues. The only time it seems that I do pray these days is when requested to or someone I know is in need. I have determined to strive hard this year to correct that situation. After that, I also realized how much Mark has changed over the last few years as well.
We’ve both been through a lot and, in reality, it’s not surprising to find some bitterness has set into both of us. Just seeing it in writing really pounds the point home.
Anyway, when we were watching this movie I kept glancing over at Mark through my tears and wondered if it was affecting him as much as it had me. I was pretty sure it was. Afterwards I asked if it made him remember more clearly his experience.
He said that whomever did the cinematography for the scene where Colton tells his dad about entering their church and seeing the angels in Heaven did a spot on job.
I asked what he meant ’cause I thought he didn’t see any angels. Mark said that he didn’t see the actual angels forms but he saw the lights just exactly as they had depicted them. I found that not only awesome but also reassuring ’cause I only saw the light as well.
So take it from two “near-deather’s” this is the inspirational movie of the decade to see.
I’m sure I had more to say about it in the first post I did right after viewing it but I don’t remember 😦
Love and blessings to you all, my friends,
P.S. Check out also Akiane Kramarik’s (another near-deather mentioned in the movie) painting of Jesus. To see more on her Pinterest page click on the link: