The Washington Post is reporting today that "Heaven Is For Real," a 2014 true-story movie, will air in theaters this Easter weekend. The movie is based on the true story of Colton Burpo of Nevada. The inspirational true-story drama is based on the book "Heaven Is For Real" by Todd Burpo. It is directed by Randall Wallace. The cast includes: Greg Kinnear, Thomas Haden Church, Kelly Reilly and Connor Corum.
"Heaven Is For Real" synopsis/plot
When a 4-year-old boy in critical condition undergoes emergency surgery, the medical staff prepares his parents for the possibility that their little boy will not survive. Miraculously, he does survive. But, in the days and weeks after his survival, he begins to speak of dead people that he has seen in heaven. Horrified at first, the parents soon realize that their son has experienced something spiritual and wonderful that must be share with the world.
Advertised as a movie "inspired by a an incredibly true story," it chronicles the real-life experience of a 4-year-old boy from Nevada. In 2003, Colton Burpo, age 4, complained of stomach pains. Hours later he was vomiting violently in the family bathroom. The doctors dismissed the illness as a common stomach flu, until his condition became more severe over the next several days.
By the time Colton Burpo was admitted into the hospital, he was barely moving. The doctors informed Todd and Sonja Burpo that their son had a burst appendix and needed emergency surgery. During the surgery, Colton had a "near death experience," leaving him with the ability to see dead people in heaven, as well as Jesus and angels.
Todd and Sonja Burpo knew that it was a great story that needed to be told. In 2010, they decided to publish a book about their son's "near death experience." The book has remained a global best seller since is release. The true story of Colton Burpo happened in 2003. He is now 14 years old, according to The Blaze.