Heaven Is for Real (2014) Poster


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The Lithuanian painting girl who appears at the beginning and ending of the movie, played by Ursula Clark, is based on the real-life Akiane Kramarik (born in July 9, 1994, in Mount Morris, Illinois), a girl who affirmed to have experienced an NDE and to have met Jesus in heaven. In addition, the painting about Jesus shown in the movie is the real painting made by Kramarik, called Prince of Peace.
Both Akiane Kramarik and Colton Burpo had a NDE, which allowed them having their revelations and visions. NDE is short for Near-Death Experience, a term established for the first time by doctor Raymond Moody in his 1975's book "Life After Life". In it, Moody compiled real stories about patients who by a brief time had died and later lived again. The different stories had several common points:

-To be out of the physical body.

-Float around the rooftop of the room, seeing the own body in the bedroom.

-X-rays senses, with capability to see and hear people (familiar, friends...) in the next rooms, or even long-distance senses, with capability to see and hear people far away from their own location.

-Travel by a tunnel to high speed, with a great white light at the end.

-Meet in the light parents and friends previously dead.

-See a retrospective about the own lifeline, like movie frames.

-Feel a great peace and tranquility while standing in the light.

-Feel (not see) the presence of a powerful entity look-a-like a god.

-A voice saying "It's not your time" or something similar, and return from the light.

-Have a great feeling to fall from a high altitude, returning to the physical body and finally back to life.
As a coincidence, this movie has actors with the surnames of both "Church" and "Apostle".
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Margo Martindale, who plays Nancy Rawling, appeared in other history about afterlife, TV series A Gifted Man (2011).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The real events about Burpo's story happened after Thursday, February 27, 2003. Colton Burpo, then three years and ten months old, was sick with a stomach flu. Although the next morning he was feeling better, Colton's condition soon took a drastic turn for the worse, and eventually he landed in the operating room fighting for his life due to appendicitis. After the operation, doctors and nurses believed Colton would die due to his bad conditions, but a few days later, Colton's health got better and he survived. About four months after the surgery, Colton began to tell his parents his visions and revelations about Jesus, angels and heaven. Even though Colton's heart never stopped beating during the operation, he said he left his physical body and arrived in heaven, where he met Jesus, a great grandfather who had died 30 years before and an unborn sister, who his parents hadn't told him about. Colton also said he saw Jesus ride on a rainbow-colored horse, and that he sat on Jesus' lap while the angels sung to him. His experiences were written about in a 2010 book that became the basis for this movie.

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