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3.15.2016

Lessons From The Movie Miracles From Heaven and Review and Trailer



We saw an advanced screening of the movie Miracles From Heaven, which opens Wednesday March 16th, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. All week, I have been chewing on the significance of what the Beam family went through. It's a faith-based movie starring Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, Kylie Rogers, John Carroll Lynch, Eugenio Derbez, and Queen Latifah. I was deeply moved by this movie and could closely relate to it's themes after our last year and my son's treatment for bone cancer.

I really can't recommend this movie enough. You need to go see it. Especially if you want to know what it was like for me in caring for my son who, like Anna, had a serious illness. Filmmakers and Jennifer Garner do an excellent job of conveying Christy Beam's fervency, diligence and tenacious spirit in seeking treatment and solutions for her daughter Anna. I felt like I was right there, back again with Luke...It was surreal to watch it. I cried for Christy and Anna and I cried for myself.

Here are some of my take aways.

Miracles come in all shapes and sizes.
In Miracles from Heaven, the seemingly unexplainable happens in a big way. I am still trying to wrap my head around it. God used what happened in the lives of the Beam family to demonstrate His miraculous power. It also shares how the Beam family is surrounded by a community, those of faith and those who don't believe, who care for them in some precious and meaningful ways. And I understood why it was called Miracles From Heaven in the plural sense. Which leads me to my next take away.

Life is not meant to be lived alone.
The fact is, we need each other. Life, with all it's joys and messes, including illness, is not meant to be lived alone. And I truly appreciated how filmmakers shined a light on how the Beam family navigated the tough waters of terminal illness together and with the help of those around them and God.

It's okay to ask God "Why?".
In my experience, there are no easy answers to some of life's most difficult questions including "Why do bad things happen to good people?". And, in my opinion, this film seeks not to have all the answers, but to say "It's okay to ask why." That's real life.



Faith isn't easy, but it's the only true shelter. 
This is one of the more thought-provoking take aways of the film for me and a theme that really resonated with me.  I wanted to shout it out at the top of my lungs "THIS! This is faith. It's imperfect, doesn't always happen instantly, and sometimes all we have to offer God is the tiniest mustard seed of "God, your way, not mine." It's not wishing something to come true. In fact, in the bible, the same word for faith is also believe and trust. Trust. Our pastor has described faith as "Trusting God enough to do what He says." For me, it means to step out off the cliff of uncertainty, walking towards God, trusting that He is in control, no matter the outcome. I thought the way Jennifer Garner portrays Christy wrestling with her faith in God was so real and honest. Faith in God paves the way for true hope, a hope everlasting...Trusting in God helps us have hope when we feel as though we have lost it all together.

At the end of the movie, I was in tears, but not for the reason you would think. I was crying over God's immeasurable goodness in the midst of tragedy and sadness and the unexplainable. I was crying over the overwhelming faith of the Beam family. I was crying tears of joy over the miracles from heaven that I have seen in my own life.

Is Miracles From Heaven okay for kids?
I would say it depends on the child. I purposely did not take my 2 children as I knew it would probably hit a little too close to home for them. That being said, this is a good, clean movie that features strong family relationships. It raises great questions about faith and God. I would say, and this is just my opinion, that it is good for ages 9 or 10 and above who have not experienced a serious life event in their recent past. 

You can read the book, before you see the movie. Miracles From Heaven, the book, documents the true story of the Beam family and gives a detailed account of the story the movie is based on as told by Anna's mother, Christy. It has Christy Beam's own personal insights during this incredibly harrowing and miraculous time in their family's life. If you want to buy the book before you see the movie, it's available on BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com 




Miracles From Heaven opens tomorrow and if you haven't heard about this movie, here is a brief synopsis:

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family.  When Christy (played by Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (played by Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a dedicated and  advocate for her daughter’s healing and care. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her harrowing rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

Here's  a great Miracles From Heaven trailer:



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2 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see this I know I will be bawling like a baby unashamed I cried with the trailer

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  2. I can't wait to see this I know I will be bawling like a baby unashamed I cried with the trailer

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