‘Heaven is for Real’ Helps Us Explore the Afterlife

Did “Heaven is for Real” mirror the best-selling book on Colton Burpo’s trip to heaven when he was four-years-old or was it strictly through a Hollywood lens?

Did “Heaven is for Real” mirror the best-selling book on Colton Burpo’s trip to heaven when he was four-years-old or was it strictly through a Hollywood lens?

Critics argued that the theme of the film was taken from a Universalist approach, not a Christian standpoint. In the book written by Colton’s father Todd Burpo, the boy was very concerned that people might die without knowing Jesus, which was not in the movie. Some said the film did not clarify enough that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. I can agree to certain point, but this is entertainment, not a documentary, so call me a positive Polly.

If you see a movie that comes from Hollywood, there will be creative licenses taken. With that out of the way, let’s all calm down. Depending where you are in your walk, the film offers some solace, especially to those who are grieving

Director and co-writer Randall Wallace admitted that they omitted sections of the book like the angels, or hell. But he did not feel they purposely left out Jesus as some concluded.

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“We end the movie with a picture of Jesus that he [Colton] saw,” said Wallace, who attended seminary. “The last image of this movie is a picture of Jesus, so I never felt that we were leaving Jesus out.”

Colton, played by newcomer Conner Corum is joined by Greg Kinnear (Todd Burpo), Kelly Reilly (Sonja Burpo), and Thomas Hayden Church (Jay Wilkins) add a quiet power to the cast..

“I think it’s a very hopeful story,” said Greg Kinnear, who played Todd and worked with Wallace in “We Were Soldiers.”

Greg Kinnear and Conner Corum

“I think the notion that God makes the rules is the underlying theme of this thing. It’s a very surprising set of circumstances that take place and I felt like the message that it doesn’t get bogged down with is What does heaven look like?, Was it real, or not real?, What color was it?”

Kinnear said regardless of where a person’s faith is—to have a front row seat to the Burpo’s journey is an experience.

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