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? 

    Dave Herrmann
    My name is Dave, you may see me writing funny articles on PI or managing the social media accounts. My life is putting Christ first and everything else second. Life is beautiful when we smile and choose a positive attitude. God is good!


    1. 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

    2. 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!

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

      • 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

    5. 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. 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 🙂

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