I recently saw the movie, “Heaven is for Real”, and it was a kind of a reluctant act on my part. I had a problem with the book in that it seems to have a strong Christian bent, and was even positioned in that manner on various websites, with an obvious vested interest.
Well, the movie I WANTED to see wasn’t there yet, despite the papers saying otherwise (thanks, guys), so I took that as a kind of sign to check this one out. That, coupled with the knowing that it’s an important thing to explore and even compare with my own experiences, despite my bias of not even listening to the audio book I had bought some time last year. I’m a writer, damn it, and need to keep an open mind about such things!
Regardless, watching it was almost like looking into a mirror, for me. The boy, Todd Burpo, was 4 years old when he had his NDE after succumbing to a serious illness, which hospitalized him. I was already getting visions by then, having had my first NDE shortly after my birth. There were some interesting similarities between he and I, I noticed; he had visited a passed sibling and other entities while on “the other side”, and also came back absolutely FEARLESS compared to his countenance before the illness.
I wasn’t too fond of his finding the doorway through the church, but why NOT? That was his reality, and his paradigm for his beliefs. The doorway could be (and is) virtually ANYWHERE. Okay, fair enough. I had no preconceptions of “Heaven”, “Hell”, or otherwise, so I went where my OWN truth was.
What I LOVED about the movie, though, was his father, a pastor, seriously examining his own belief system and his connection with God. I have no idea how my own father or mother felt about my own departure, except that I could “see” that they were very sad, and wanted me back, especially after losing my brother to pneumonia, several years, earlier.
I also really liked that the boy had messages for those still in the Earthly state, which I can also relate to. In fact, I’m STILL putting the ones I have together, myself!
The messages were subtle, but powerful, and one of the only movies I’ve seen in years where everyone in the theatre felt comfortable APPLAUDING at the end! Anyway, long story short, go see this movie, and stay for the very end credits. You’ll see why.