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MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN ~ Reevaluating Faith #MiraclesFromHeaven

by Heather


Have you ever seen a movie that touched you so deeply that you started questioning your life? The decisions that you have made. Or, perhaps the decisions that you avoided making. The internal struggles. Life’s ups and downs. The big picture, if you will. As you are sitting there watching the story unfold, you can’t help but reflect on your own life and wonder if maybe, just maybe had you made different choices or held different beliefs, would life be different? Would you want it to be?

Let’s take a step back, shall we. Born and raised in Cincinnati, I grew up in a traditional Catholic home with my mom and dad and two sisters. I went to school, went to church, had great friends, was raised to be a good person … the whole enchilada. We didn’t have a lot of money, in fact, there were times when my parents downright struggled to put food on the table but they always did and they raised us to appreciate everything we received and to live in love. Life was good, I dare say great.

Then, one fateful day in March of 1995, everything changed when my father passed away. My world turned upside down, everything that was sunshine turned to rain. To make a long, painful story short … I lost almost everything including my faith.

Fast forward. Past the ugly, the sad, the hurt, the mad. The grueling years, especially for my poor mother, of growing up without dad. Graduating high school and then college. Getting married without him walking me down the aisle. And finally, becoming a mommy.

How things have changed. Suddenly you are responsible for the life, literally the life, of a little person and all you want to do is everything right. Or, at least as right as you can. I don’t know about you but as soon as I became a parent, I started looking at everything different. How I saw things, how I approached things, and what I believed in. Still, my faith … a struggle.

Like every relationship, the one that I share with my husband has been full of beauty and love as well trials and tribulations. There have been times when life is full of sunshine and times, perhaps more often than I would like, when the raincloud seems to be stationed over our head. There have been times when I’ve questioned our faith, or lack thereof, and wondered if maybe things would be different if we invited God into our lives. If we went to church, prayed together, and handled our struggles over to him.

The new “trendy” statement is … the struggle is real … and truthfully, it is.


Last week, literally out of the blue, I was granted the opportunity to sit in a theater with a small group of people (including my amazing mom) and experience a film that made me question every decision I have made, at least when it comes to my faith, since my father passed away 21 years ago. I wept tears of joy and pain as I watched a little girl experience a situation so adult that even I didn’t feel qualified to see it.

Last week, I watched a film that made me realize it is time to open the lines of communication with my husband that I generally avoid and maybe, just maybe open a door that I closed long ago.


Last week, I watched a film that has me crying as I type this because even today, almost a week later, it has touched my heart so deeply.

Last week, I watched a film that may be the stepping stone to a new understanding of and experience with faith.

I am excited and admittedly a bit terrified to take my husband to see MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN and then to take the next steps in reevaluating our faith together.


I invite you to take your significant other, your parents, your siblings, and/or a friend to experience MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN.

Don’t forget the tissues.





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, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

Directed by     Patricia Riggen

Screenplay by     Randy Brown

Based on the book by     Christy Beam

Produced by     Joe Roth, T.D. Jakes, and DeVon Franklin

Executive Producers     Matthew Hirsch, Derrick Williams, and Zack Roth

Cast     Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, John Carroll Lynch, Kylie Rogers, with Eugenio Derbez, and Queen Latifah

This film is rated PG by the MPAA for the following reasons: thematic material, including accident and medical images.





Disclaimer: I received complimentary entry to a pre-screening of MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN courtesy of Sony Pictures to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still my own. Photos and video courtesy of Sony Pictures.

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Robin Rue (@massholemommy) March 16, 2016 - 12:38 pm
This movie looks soooo good. I am really looking forward to seeing it.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle March 16, 2016 - 12:45 pm
I'm so excited to see this film. It's one of those that really makes you take a look at the world around you and think, life really is amazing.
Paula Schuck March 16, 2016 - 2:04 pm
This movie makes me all warm and fuzzy inside just by watching the previews. I can't wait to see it!
jmanandmillerbug March 16, 2016 - 6:14 pm
Your post about made me cry! I didn't lose my dad as a child but I lost him a few years back and it really is so tough! I'm going to take my hubby to see this with me and I won't forget the tissues!
Heather Pfingsten March 16, 2016 - 7:03 pm
Thank you so much for your response. I'm sorry for your loss. I hope you enjoy the movie.
Liz Mays March 16, 2016 - 8:16 pm
I love movies that linger with you long after they end. It's great to hear that you took so much away from your viewing!
mariamichelle117 March 16, 2016 - 11:39 pm
I haven't seen this movie yet but I definitely plan to see Miracles From Heaven. I hadn't heard of it before so I'm really glad I read your post. Thank you for sharing.
OurFamilyWorld March 17, 2016 - 5:15 am
I have not seen this movie, yet. Thank you for sharing this, I will look for this one.
Lynndee March 17, 2016 - 12:18 pm
I saw the trailer of this movie and I really liked what I saw. I can't wait to see it in the big screen!
Miss Happyfeet March 17, 2016 - 12:40 pm
The trailer actually made me cry! I love this, it is so inspiring and it gives people hope.
Ann Bacciaglia March 17, 2016 - 1:15 pm
I am really looking forward to going with a few friends to see this movie. It is going to be a great one.
Up Run For Life March 17, 2016 - 4:46 pm
I read this book and it was very good. I'm going to have to see the movie too. I'm sure I will cry like a baby too.
wemake7 March 18, 2016 - 8:19 am
I love movies that are touching like that. I will definitely have to see this soon.
Travel Quest March 18, 2016 - 11:14 am
I'm always a fond of christian movie anything that talks about love , life and commitment, his movie really catches my attention. Will definitely watch this in big screen.
Claudia krusch March 18, 2016 - 9:31 pm
I haven’t seen this movie yet but I definitely plan to see Miracles From Heaven. I really love the message!
Kristine Foley (@thefoleyfam) March 19, 2016 - 10:13 am
Thank you for sharing your testimony, it's beautiful. I am so sorry for your loss. Will definitely be watching the movie myself.
Kiwi March 22, 2016 - 2:08 pm
HEard great reviews on this film. I know its a tear jerker!
ascendingbutterfly March 31, 2016 - 6:36 pm
I was unable to attend my local advanced screening with talk back with Jennifer Garner but I will definitely be sure to catch this one when it hits cable, and if it's really that sad, maybe it's better I watch it on my sofa with access to kleenex! LOL :-)

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