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Sneak Preview: “Heaven Is for Real” Hits the Big Screen!

Hello PI! Recently I was able to attend an advance screening of the new movie Heaven Is for Real. Most of you are familiar with the story of four-year-old Colton Burpo and how, while in lifesaving surgery, he experienced something beyond any of our imaginations: a real visit to heaven! The story is truly a remarkable one, and just how much little Colton knew about heaven and the experiences he had makes you really believe he actually was there.

Watch the trailer here:

The screening took place at Sony Pictures’ main lot in Los Angeles. A group of pastors, writers and actors were given a first glimpse at how director Randall Wallace was able to take this story and show it on the big screen. As you can imagine, trying to describe heaven is one thing, but trying to show it in its absolute stunning imagery is another!

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the film, but just know that it’s a tear-jerker. Connor Corum, the actor who plays Colton Burpo, did a tremendous job. The story behind the casting of Connor was also truly remarkable. He wasn’t the first choice for this film due to his very young age (four). However, he proved everyone wrong and even shocked actor Greg Kinnear! This little boy makes the film.

What was great about this screening was hearing how much God played a hand in its making. Through stories of actors seeking roles for this film and just how everything came together, God was definitely at play. Everyone at the screening was touched by Colton’s story just as America was.

One interesting note: During the Q and A after the film, a lady who described herself as an atheist talked about how she wanted to find flaws in the characters’ faith, but she couldn’t find any. That’s what is so great about this film: It doesn’t portray being a Christian as perfect. It portrays it as a challenge. It shows that we as Christians struggle like everyone else. However, through Christ we have hope. We turn to Him when we desperately need Him and praise Him when we are in awe. That’s really what this film does a tremendous job of—showing what Christianity is truly like.

Sitting in the darkened theater next to so many incredibly creative people in Hollywood and watching this GREAT film really moved me. With Heaven Is for Real, Son of God, Noah and God’s Not Dead all coming out this spring, it’s evident Hollywood is having a faith-based film renaissance not seen in decades!

Heaven Is for Real will be out in theaters this Easter, and I must say you need to see it on EASTER weekend! Hollywood is noticing, girls—we need to support these films and they will continue to make them. One note of caution: Don’t forget to bring tissues with you to the theater!

PI Girls, are you planning to see Heaven Is for Real? 

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  1. LizzieJean

    Posted by LizzieJean on April 18, 2014 at 19:01

    I saw Heaven is for Real yesterday and I really liked it. It was just.. beautiful, and amazing. The hardest part about the movie is the anticipation of waiting for the little boy to get sick. You really need to bring tissues to this movies because you will cry at least once during this movie! I definitely think this movie will have a greater impact if you have had a loved one die but I would recommend this movie to anyone and everyone 🙂

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by jellyfishpanda on April 6, 2014 at 13:45

    I’m not sure this movie in particular is a good thing to promote. Check out this article? http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v9/n2/visits-to-heaven

    I’m excited to watch Noah and God’s Not Dead though! 🙂

  3. naynay141516

    Posted by naynay141516 on April 5, 2014 at 10:02

    I am so gonna see this. I saw the commercial in the theaters when I went and saw God’s Not Dead. I am super stoked!

  4. Lioness123

    Posted by Lioness123 on March 31, 2014 at 13:57

    i am taking my dad for his birthday present. so excited to see it.

  5. luv4christ

    Posted by luv4christ on March 30, 2014 at 13:19

    I’m very excited to see this! I read the book and it was pretty interesting. (: I’m also happy they’re making it into a movie for many people to see so they can hear of the wonderful existence of God!

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Anika S on March 30, 2014 at 11:35

    I am so excited to see this movie as well as Gods not Dead!!! However, I’ve heard some bad things about Noah mainly that the word God is never said in the film and that the director, who is an atheist, bragged about his ability to take a Christian story and make it so secular. I do not know if these rumors are true (as the website I read them on did not appear very trust worthy) but I feel that we cannot let our guard down simply because that film appears to be a Christian one. Has anyone else heard stuff like this about the film? I want to investigate them further before I spend any money on Noah.

    • Emily120

      Posted by Emily120 on April 1, 2014 at 18:41

      I also heard questionable things about Noah, I heard from some of the girls in my small group exactly what you said… and I may be wrong so you will want to check this, but I think I heard that the same director directed the Golden Compass which is a movie based off a series that portrayed God as an angel and able to be killed
      But please check my research, I’m not sure if it is true or not 🙂
      I’m not planning on seeing it, but I am looking forward to seeing this and God’s not Dead

  7. Mollybeth0902

    Posted by Mollybeth0902 on March 30, 2014 at 10:31

    So want to see it.

  8. EmilyRW

    Posted by EmilyRW on March 30, 2014 at 06:36

    Ho-lee crap!!! 😀 😀 I cannot wait to see the movie 😀

  9. hannaowlk

    Posted by hannaowlk on March 28, 2014 at 13:36

    This looks awesome! And God great 🙂

  10. PI_Dave

    Posted by PI_Dave on March 28, 2014 at 11:26

    It’s so good girls. I cried and guys don’t normally cry in movies. Haha

  11. blindlessgirl

    Posted by blindlessgirl on March 28, 2014 at 03:57

    This is real great. I’m sayin it… It’s real great… Though I haven’t seen the movie yet.
    kass4god ~ Same here. Goosebumps everywhere! I really want to see it too. Hope I can get to have some friends to watch this with me cause I believe this movie will really… touch lives.

  12. kass4god

    Posted by kass4god on March 27, 2014 at 17:22

    I got chills watching the trailer… I REALLY want to see it!!!

  13. lotr1997

    Posted by lotr1997 on March 27, 2014 at 16:26

    I love the book so much, and I am thrilled to see this making it to the big screen! With so many Christian movies coming out lately, I hope that we might be making a bigger impact on the world!

  14. cassdev

    Posted by cassdev on March 27, 2014 at 14:09

    I read the book maybe a year ago when i started going to church and it was truly life changing, it give me such a great outlook on heaven and the Christian faith, can’t wait to see the movie

  15. Rebel4Jesus

    Posted by Rebel4Jesus on March 27, 2014 at 14:00

    OH MY GOODNESS I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S GOING TO BE SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!