Just in time for Easter, the highly anticipated release of HEAVEN IS FOR REAL in theaters nationwide on April 16 thoughtfully raises important questions that every person must ultimately face regarding the person of Jesus and the existence of an afterlife. Based on the true story of four-year-old Colton Burpo’s near-death experience in 2003 while in surgery for a ruptured appendix, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL follows many of the details found in the New York Times best-selling 2010 book of the same name.
Produced by Joe Roth and T.D. Jakes, this Sony/TriStar film is directed by Randall Wallace (BRAVEHEART) and stars Greg Kinnear (AS GOOD AS IT GETS, YOU’VE GOT MAIL) as small-town Nebraska pastor and volunteer firefighter Todd Burpo, Kelly Reilly (SHERLOCK HOLMES) as his stay-at-home wife, Sonja, and newcomer Connor Corum as their young son, Colton. While HEAVEN IS FOR REAL does not clearly present the biblical teaching on how a person gets to heaven or comes to know Jesus, it is a high quality outreach tool for Christians to share with non-believers about the reality of heaven and the Gospel.