We like to have movie nights here in the Young house; they are always quite the treat. Pizza, popcorn, and sweet treats are always part of the plan, and we’ll cozy up on the couch with blankets no matter how hot it is outside! All of my kids were excited to see the movie Heaven is for Real, and even more excited when they discovered the movie was based on a true story.
For this particular movie night I set out with a greater plan, knowing the Biblical messages presented in the film. I had read the book written by Todd Burpo and had seen the movie in the theater previously, so I came up with some age-appropriate questions with the help of the discussion guide created for the film. It allowed for some deeper conversation and a chance to talk about what we believe. Even little Timmy joined in on the conversation and said that he couldn’t wait to get to Heaven so he could see Jesus!
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(R) nominee and Emmy(R) 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.
1. The Burpos: 11 Heavenly Years Later – An intimate sit down with the Burpos and a look at their home town to get a sense of their life now and how Colton’s miraculous story changed them.
2. Heart of the Movie – Todd Burpo reflects on the events from his story and how they are reflected in the film
3. Answers – Todd Burpo reflecting on the events in the movie.
4. Religious Leader Vignettes – Religious leaders reflect on the themes of the film and how they translate to real life lessons for everyone.
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