“Heaven is for Real” Hits Theaters Today

Movies aimed at Christian audiences have crowded theaters this year, with mixed results (just take a look at our post about “Noah” to see what I mean). The latest movie is “Heaven Is For Real,” which premieres this Wednesday during Holy Week.

The real story behind the movie is fascinating. In 2003, a little boy named Connor Corum underwent emergency surgery, and he says that, during the surgery, he went to heaven and met Jesus, his deceased grandfather, and even his miscarried sister (whom no one had ever told him about). Connor relayed other details to his parents that are seemingly impossible for him to know. The boy’s father, a pastor, then had to figure out what to do with this astonishing information his son just shared with him.

The book about his story was released in 2010 and went on to become a #1 New York Times bestseller. Now it comes to life on the big screen in a Hollywood adaptation starring Greg Kinnear, of “Little Miss Sunshine.”

Whether you’re Christian or not, Connor’s story certainly makes for a compelling movie. For who hasn’t grappled with the weight of thinking about life and death...and the possibility of life after death?