A New Film to Remind us that You Have to Keep Faith #MiraclesFromHeaven

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The love between a mother and her children is the strongest bond there is. The way a mom knows what her child needs based on the sound of their cry or how a mother's instinct can tell you things that even science can't explain, motherhood truly is wonderful. There is so much about motherhood that no one can prepare you for and losing a child is one of those things. Having lost my son, I know that there is no greater hurt than having to say goodbye to your child. 

There are few films that have touched my heart, and Miracles from Heaven is one of them. Honestly, if I wasn't a mother who has already lost a child, I'm not sure if this film would have touched me as deeply as it did. But that's who I am, I am a Mom of two daughters here on earth and a son who lives in heaven. What got me through the toughest times of my life was my faith and this film will help remind everyone that you can never lose faith because miracles happen every day. 

Last week I was invited to Sony Studios in Culver City to attend a screening of Miracles from Heaven, a new film brought to the screen from the same producers of Heaven is for Real. If you have never had the pleasure of touring a studio, then let me tell you, it is kinda magical. There is something really cool about being behind the scenes where all the ideas come to life. When I first saw the trailer I knew I would be watching with a box of tissues and I am telling you now that you too will require tissues or a sleeve to wipe away the tears. As I sat in the theater surrounded by my fellow bloggers, there were very few dry eyes left. Miracles from Heaven will give you all of the feelings there are to feel and possibly even leave you with a renewed sense of faith. 

Miracles from Heaven has an amazing cast that does a great job of portraying the true stories of real people. Jennifer Garner shines as Christy Beam, the mother of 10 year old Anna, played by Kylie Rogers. 

When Anna falls ill and is diagnosed with an incurable disease, Christy fights for her daughter to get the best treatment possible. As the Beam family struggles with the hardships of Anna's deteriorating health, Christy begins to lose faith, even though Anna's faith never wavers. One day, as Anna plays outside with her sisters, she gets hurt during a freak accident and to everyone's shock, not only survives, but is miraculously healed. 

Martin Henderson, Eugenio Derbez and Queen Latifah do a fantastic job in supporting roles of lightening up an otherwise heavy and emotional film. They really do a great job of injecting humor into the story. 

The film is great from beginning to end and what I loved most is that it is based on true events. This is a true story of family, medicine, faith and miracles. I left feeling both heavy hearted and inspired and I just really needed to hug my girls. The film's release is perfect for the Easter season. Take your daughters, your mothers and grandmothers, the film teaches a lesson that we all need to hear; miracles happen every day, all around us, we just need to keep the faith.  

Miracles from Heaven is in theaters everywhere on March 16, watch the trailer below.

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For me...Heaven is for Real

Last year, my husbands grandmother handed me a book and said, "I want you to read this mija." She doesn't hear very well, so I shouted back, "Oh. I don't have a lot of time right now," and of course, she dismissed what I said and insisted, "Oh yeah. Uh huh, bring it back when you're done so I can lend it to Tia Nena." That lady has a hard time taking no for an answer.

I took the book, put it in my purse and forgot about it. Two weeks later, when I went back to visit, she asked if I read the book yet, and I told her once again, that I was just too busy to read a book right now. Well, I held that book hostage for a month before I actually read it. The book, Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. 

At this point, you may be one of the millions who have read the book, like me, or one of the millions that can't wait to see the movie, also like me. If you don't know what the story is about, let me break it down for you real quick.

The story is about a 4 year old boy named Colton, who while undergoing emergency surgery, visited Heaven. We've all heard stories about that person who passed away for 14 seconds and saw a light but then woke up, or had their life flash in front of them. Well, this is different. I say that is different because, children are innocent. What is he gaining by sharing his memories? At first his family doesn't really know what to think about his stories about God, they just figure as the son of a Pastor, he's heard things here and there. Then, and this is what struck me hard, Colton mentions his sister that he met in Heaven. Colton's mother miscarried a little girl, and had never revealed that to their 4 year old. Colton also mentions seeing his Grandfather who he had never met.

I mentioned that this book changed me. Now, let me explain that very dramatic statement. Although, I am a Christian and have strong faith, I have never been one to really read the bible. I know I am supposed to, but it just doesn't stick with me. I am much better at hearing stories and having others explain and break it down for me. Personally, I have never really heard stories that depict Heaven the way that Colton does. As I have mentioned before, my son passed away shortly after he was born. This book gave me a stronger sense of Faith, faith that I will see my son again. I always knew this, but this little man made it more real.

When I finished the book, I felt inclined to write a letter to my husbands grandmother. We have not always seen eye to eye and have a pretty intense past (that's a whole other story). At the time when she forced this book upon me, she had just received the news that she had only months to live. This was over a year ago, and she's still hanging in there. But it became very real to me, that she may very well be the first one in our family to get to Heaven, and the first one to hold my son again. I don't know if this makes sense to those of you who are not believers, or who have not lost a child, but this made my heart feel a little bit more whole. And this is how this young man changed me. It made my faith in God and Heaven even stronger. Thanks for that young Colton. 
I can't wait to see this movie, the trailer gives me the chills. And, I love Greg Kinnear! 

Tell me: Do you plan on seeing this movie? Have you read the book? What do you think about young Colton?