TriStar Pictures, Affirm and Provident Films presents a new film called Heaven Is For Real. It’s based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, written by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. It tells the true story of a small-town Pastor who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience. Heaven Is For Real is directed by Randall Wallace (Bravehart, Pearl Harbor, We Were Soldiers, Secretariat). The screenplay is by Christopher Parker and Randall Wallace. It stars Greg Kinnear (“As Good As It Gets,” “Little Miss Sunshine”) as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly (“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” “Flight”) as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) experiences Heaven during emergency surgery. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence. He describes Heaven in vivid detail, and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd is called upon by his congregation to explain the meaning of Colton’s revelations, and he and his family are challenged to examine their faith and draw meaning from this remarkable event.
From what I can see so far and after reading the book and previewing the film, I believe this movie could start and in some cases reignite a conversation about the subject of “Heaven” and what happens when we die. The fact is, we all will face death one day and hopefully this movie cause’s us all to explore the question “if there really is a heaven.” You know we have all asked the question “Is Heaven for Real?” Maybe not out load – but we all wonder about life after death. I for one find myself thinking and also preparing for heaven much more than I have done so in the recent past. We are all on a journey thru life and my prayer is that this movie will encourage people to help others to reach heaven thru faith in Christ.
I highly encourage families to see Heaven is For Real on opening weekend. The first showings start Wednesday April 16, 2014.
Here is the trailer for the movie Heaven is For Real;
Check out the heart of the movie from Todd Burpo.
So what is Club Jelly Telly anyway? Is it the latest jelly of the month club for those families that can’t make their monthly run to Costco? I had to say it – because that may have been the first thought that popped into your mind. No, It’s not from Harry and David’s, but from the one and only Phil Vischer (creator of Veggietales). In my last post I talked about the church stepping up and bringing wholesome family programming to the table. Well, Phil Vischer is one those pioneers and he is certainly is a covered wagon, head for the west type of pioneers that is willing to step out and take a risk and is attempting to fill the void.
Here is what Club Jelly Telly is all about.
Club JellyTelly is a unique online network for families, developed by VeggieTales and What’s In the Bible? creator, Phil Vischer. As a faith-based alternative to other chidren’s programming, JellyTelly provides families with a safe place to learn and play online. We have gathered the largest and most diverse collection of Christian children’s programming in the world for families to enjoy and engage.
Whether you want to spend some quality time with your family or just need a break in the day, Club JellyTelly is here to provide programming that you can believe in!
Click Here to Listen to Phil Vischer talk about Jelly Telly;
So to answer the question that is in the title of this blog. I would have to say Yes! I believe Club Jelly Telly does fill a void and provides parents with excellent family programing that parents can be proud of and whole heartily support! So here we go folks, here is an effort that we can support and get behind with our wallet. The site is up and running and Phil needs our support (Jelly Telly). If you like what you see and you can afford $5.00 per month. Give it a try and see how your family likes the programming content.
Thanks Phil for being a pioneer and for filling the void!!
Dave Almgren – Family Films
Check out this all new introduction to What’s in the Bible? from the creator of Veggietales Phil Vischer. Oh yes – Phil – he is the voice of Bob The Tomato and all those other voices from your beloved Veggies. I think you will like this new series. The first two DVDs hit the first week of March with Genesis and Exodus . . . So mark your calendars for the release date of March 11th. In the meantime – grab some popcorn ( a small bag because this is just a tease video) and get ready for some fun and learning!
Check it out! Yes go ahead and watch the video – it’s some good stuff.
You can pre order the new DVDs – click right here!