Heaven is for Real is a beautiful, heartfelt story of a boy, his family, his church, his community, and God! I am very excited to share this movie with you. This is one of my favorite books and movies! You are probably aware of the book and the movie and what it is about. In case you are not here is a little more information, an honest Heaven is for Real Review and discussion ideas for the family.
Heaven, faith, and courage are all themes in this story. I also feel love and family are a large part of the story. Both are so clearly present in this young boys life.
We watched it as a family and I am so glad we did. We live to shelter our kids, but this was something they needed to see. We wanted them to see death is not a scarey thing, it takes courage to stand up for God, God is real, Heaven is for real! Here are some ideas for you to have your own family discussion following the movie. We have a 4 and 8 year old and these were great for them. You could easily make them more indepth for older kids.
SCENES TO REVIEW
“We don’t ever have to be scared.” (00:31:24–00:33:06)
First Mention of Heaven (00:34:41–00:36:34)
• How does Colton’s age (four) influence the way he shares details about Heaven? Do you find that his age makes his
experience more or less compelling? Why?
• Colton says, “We don’t ever have to be scared” and that “It’s important” not to be scared. What do these statements reveal about Colton’s experience with Heaven?
• Describe Todd’s physical and emotional reactions to hearing Colton’s account of lifting out of his body and seeing his parents in different parts of the hospital.
• Parents: What would you think and feel if your child told you he’d been to Heaven? Would you chalk it up to a “beautiful imagination” as Sonja does, or would you respond differently?
Read Matthew 19:14; Luke 18:17; and 1 Corinthians 2:9
• What do Matthew 19:14 and Luke 18:17 tell us about the relationship between children (or childlikeness) and the Kingdom of Heaven?
• How does 1 Corinthians 2:9 resonate with the way Colton tries to describe the things he witnessed in Heaven (e.g., the colors of the rainbow being “more”)?
Have you seen the movie? What are your thoughts on it?
What would you ask in a family discussion?