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Good news for people who love 'Heaven Is for Real'

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Good news for fans of the bestseller "Heaven Is for Real": The little boy's story of visiting heaven is coming to the big screen.

"Heaven Is for Real" will star Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo. In the book, Burpo, a pastor, relates the remarkable story of his 3-year-old son, Colton, who, on awakening after emergency surgery, told of visiting heaven.

According to the book's official website, this is what happened: "In heaven, Colton met his miscarried sister whom no one ever had told him about and his great-grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared impossible-to-know details about each. Colton went on to describe the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how 'reaaally big' God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit 'shoots down power' from heaven to help us."

The description continues: "Told by the Colton’s father often in Colton’s own words, the disarmingly simple message is that heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and to be ready ... there is a coming last battle." The Hollywood movie version may not include that ominous note about the coming apocalypse.

Sony executive DeVon Franklin is overseeing the project; according to Variety, he's a go-to guy at the studio for commercial material for the faith-based market. The film will be directed by Randall Wallace, best known for "Secretariat." Kelly Reilly ("Sherlock Holmes") plays Burpo's wife; the movie is in production in Canada.

In heaven, Colton met his miscarried sister whom no one ever had told him about and his great-grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared impossible-to-know details about each. Colton went on to describe the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.

Told by the Colton’s father often in Colton’s own words, the disarmingly simple message is that heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and to be ready … there is a coming last battle.

- See more at: http://heavenisforreal.net/book/#sthash.pmunDRvR.dpuf

In heaven, Colton met his miscarried sister whom no one ever had told him about and his great-grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared impossible-to-know details about each. Colton went on to describe the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.

Told by the Colton’s father often in Colton’s own words, the disarmingly simple message is that heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and to be ready … there is a coming last battle.

- See more at: http://heavenisforreal.net/book/#sthash.pmunDRvR.dpuf

In heaven, Colton met his miscarried sister whom no one ever had told him about and his great-grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared impossible-to-know details about each. Colton went on to describe the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.

Told by the Colton’s father often in Colton’s own words, the disarmingly simple message is that heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and to be ready … there is a coming last battle.

- See more at: http://heavenisforreal.net/book/#sthash.pmunDRvR.dpuf

Burpo addressed doubters in a video in 2011, the Christian Science Monitor reports. “As a pastor and as a dad, I want my son to know I tell the truth,” he said. “He can read the book. He knows if I exaggerated or if I didn't. My son is forever going to believe that I'm an honest person or I'm a liar by what I wrote in that book, because he can read.” 

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