Our good friend Brandon Levering (we call him B-Lev, ’cause he’s got serious street cred) drops some knowledge on the movie and book Heaven is for Real. You don’t have to look too far on the web to find stirring praise or stinging criticism of these works. Brandon holds them up to the light of Scripture, while his tone is balanced and pastoral. I hope you’ll take a few minutes and dive in – this is worth your time.

in the meantime

hifrThis week theaters across the country release Sony Pictures’ Heaven Is for Real, starring Greg Kinnear. The movie is based on the #1 New York Times Bestseller by the same title, written by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. It’s described as the true story of Burpo’s four-year-old son, Colton, who nearly died during an appendix operation, and later told his parents stories of having left his body and visited heaven during that procedure, meeting Jesus and deceased family members, and learning things he would have otherwise never known.

The book has been an incredible success, especially among Christians. It has sold over 8 million copies to date, and has spawned an entire franchise of related titles (Heaven Is for Real for Kids, for Little Ones, a DVD study, a devotional called Heaven Changes Everything), and even a ministry.

The story itself is quite moving…

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