[Update April 26, 2014, 8:23 a.m.]
Heaven is for Real, a controversial movie based on the book by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent raked in US$21.5 million over the Easter weekend placing it 3rd in the box-office for that period.
Billed as a “true story”, Heaven Is for Real is a story of Colton, a four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives his appendectomy and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.
Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.
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“Told by the father, but often in Colton’s own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle,” Amazon.com’s description of the book says.
Hollandsentinel.com’s monitor records Heaven is for Real as the fourth “overtly faith-based hit of the year.”
The story has also fueled discussion and controversy over near-death experiences with some critics calling these “figments of the human imagination,” and even “products of demonic deception.” Questions it triggered touched a wide range of issues, including whether non-Christians can go to heaven.