A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to screen Jennifer Garner’s new movie, “Miracles from Heaven,” which is out in theaters today. It is a heart tugging, tear-jerker of a film film, based on the book of the same name by Christy Beam, but it is absolutely worth your while to see it. If you are a mom, it will tug at your heartstrings in ways you didn’t know a movie could. Yes, it is a faith-based film, but it is not pushy, and that was one of the redeeming qualities of the film that I thoroughly appreciated.
Jennifer Garner, who is a mom to three herself, was incredible as Christy Beam. I had not read Christy’s memoir prior to the movie screening, so I was unaware of how much Christy actually struggled with her faith during this trying time in her family’s life. People want to dismiss faith-based films for being “too religious” or “pushy” about what you should and should not believe, but I didn’t feel that way leaving this film. Yes, the Beam family is shown attending church and discussing their faith and discussing spiritual topics, but I never felt like someone was telling me, “Go to church or the devil will get you!”Annabel’s story is just so captivating, and so unbelieveable, you really need to see this film to understand just how unbelievable it really is. The Beam’s have chosen to believe that, through miraculous events, their daughter was healed from her incurable disease, and they just wanted to share their story with anyone willing to listen. At its core, “Miracles from Heaven” is a story of a mother who wouldn’t give up on her daughter, no matter what it took. That’s probably one of the things I loved about this story the most, especially since I have two girls of my own. I would do literally anything for them. Wouldn’t you do the same for your kids? It was a realistic, heartstring pulling portrayal of the real ups and downs moms go through when trying to do life with kids (made even more difficult by having to watch your child struggle with an awful, incurable illness).Even through the emotional moments of the film, I felt encouraged leaving the theater because, often, I find that there are so many things in life that I don’t have an explanation for, and “Miracles from Heaven” reminded me that it’s ok not to understand everything. Having kids who question everything really makes me realize how much I don’t have answers for. If you are a person of faith, this film will strengthen you and give you confidence in what you believe. If you are not a person of faith or you’re curious about what this faith thing is all about, this is a great movie to dip your toes in with. You may leave the theater with more questions than you came in with, but that’s the beauty of growth and learning. And you may even learn that it’s ok to not have all the answers.
About the Film
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.
About the Book
Annabel Beam spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals with a rare and incurable digestive disorder that prevented her from living a normal, healthy life. One sunny day when she was able to go outside and play with her sisters, she fell three stories headfirst into an old, hollowed-out tree. Implausibly, she survived without a scratch. While unconscious inside the tree, with rescue workers struggling to get to her, she visited heaven. After being released from the hospital, she defied science and had inexplicably recovered from her chronic ailment. A remarkable family drama and uplifting, hope-filled memoir, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN will change how we look at the world around us.
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