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700 Club Interactive: Heaven is for Real - April 16, 2014

Hear the making behind the movie "Heaven is for Real," as the Burpo family and director Randal Wallace share what it was like taking their life to the big screen. Read Transcript


Gordon: IT'S ONE OF THE

MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES OF

THE YEAR.

I LIFTED UP, AND I LOOKED

DOWN.

MOM WAS IN ONE ROOM, AND YOU

WERE ANOTHER ROOM, YELLING

AT GOD.

Gordon: "HEAVEN IS FOR

REAL," ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WE USE

TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY FOR EACH

OTHER AND EXPLORE TOPICS

THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME TO

THE SHOW.

HIS STORY SPENT WEEKS ON THE

"NEW YORK TIMES" BEST-SELLER

LIST.

NOW IT'S A MAJOR MOTION

PICTURE, STARRING GREG

KINNEAR, AND HE HAS DONE ALL

OF THIS BEFORE HIS 15th

BIRTHDAY.

HERE IS THE AMAZING STORY OF

COLTON BURPO, AND WHY HE

BELIEVES HEAVEN IS FOR

REAL.

[BABY TALK]

HOW OLD ARE YOU TODAY?

THREE.

AND WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

COLTON BURPO.

AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

ALASKA.

WHO IS YOUR MOMMY?

YOU.

WHO IS YOUR DADDY?

DADDY BURPO.

WHO IS YOUR SISTER?

Reporter: THAT WAS 10

YEARS AGO.

LOOKING AT COLTON NOW, YOU

WOULD NEVER GUESS HE ALMOST

DIED IN 2003.

HIS FATHER, TODD, TELLS

ABOUT COLTON'S NEAR-DEATH

EXPERIENCE IN THE BOOK

"HEAVEN IS FOR REAL."

HE STARTED THROWING UP IN

THE TOILET.

AT FIRST WE'RE, LIKE, OKAY

HE HAS THE STOMACH FLU

BECAUSE THE DOCTOR SAID IT

WAS GOING AROUND.

Reporter: COLTON'S

CONDITION ONLY GOT WORSE AS

DAYS PAST.

HIS DOCTORS DISCOVERED HIS

APPENDIX HAD BURST AND

INFECTION WAS SPREADING IN

HIS BODY.

TIME WAS RUNNING OUT.

WE KNEW WE WERE IN BAD

SHAPE WHEN THEY SAID, YOU

NEED TO COME OUT INTO THE

HALLWAY, AND THEY SEPARATED

US.

AND SOMEONE CAME TO US AND

STARTED TALKING TO US, AND

SAID, WE'VE GOT TO HAVE

SURGERY.

IT WAS TOUGH SEEING YOUR

BOY BE LIFELESS, WHEN HE WAS

A VERY VIBRANT CHILD.

IT WAS AT THAT MOMENT

THAT WE WERE LOOKING AT EACH

OTHER.

AND I REMEMBER MY WIFE

HOLDING COLTON IN THE

HALLWAY, JUST US.

HE DIDN'T MOVE.

WE WENT TO THE SURGERY PREP

AREA, AND I REMEMBER THEM

HAULING HIM AWAY, AND HE WAS

YELLING, DADDY, DON'T LET

THEM TAKE ME.

DADDY, DON'T LET THEM TAKE

ME.

I WENT BACK TO THE PREOP

ROOM, AND I WAS FINALLY

ALONE AND SHUT THE DOOR.

AND I FINALLY BROKE DOWN AND

I WAS MAD AT GOD.

I WAS JUST FRUSTRATED, FED

UP.

I REMEMBER TELLING HIM, GOD,

AFTER ALL I'VE DONE FOR YOU,

AND NOW YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE

MY KID.

THIS IS HOW YOU TREAT YOUR

PASTORS?

I WAS CALLING OUR PRAYER

CHAIN, I WAS CALLING ANYBODY

THAT WOULD BE ON THE OTHER

LINE TO GET COLTON ON THE

PRAYER CHAIN BECAUSE IT WAS

BAD.

WE WERE THERE IN THE

WAITING ROOM FOR AN HOUR AND

A HALF, MAYBE.

I REMEMBER THE NURSE COMING

OUT AND SAYING, IS COLTON'S

DADDY OUT HERE?

I'M, LIKE, YEAH.

SHE SAYS, COLTON IS

RECOVERY, AND HE'S SCREAMING

FOR YOU.

AND I REMEMBER MY SON

LOOKING UP AT ME AND SAID,

DAD, DID YOU KNOW I ALMOST

DIED?

AND I THOUGHT, MAYBE HE

HEARD THE NURSES SAY THAT.

BUT IT WASN'T UNTIL FOUR

MONTHS AFTER WE GOT OUT OF

THE HOSPITAL THAT WE FINALLY

LISTENED TO OUR SON.

THAT'S WHEN I GOT TO SEE

HEAVEN.

JESUS AND SOME ANGELS CAME

AND FLEW ME UP TO HEAVEN.

I SAID, SO, COLTON, WHAT

DID JESUS LOOK LIKE?

I KNEW THE FIRST PERSON I

SAW WAS JESUS.

HE WAS WEARING WHITE ROBES

WITH A PURPLE SASH.

AND HE JUST CAME DOWN NICELY

AND GRACEFULLY.

WELL, DAD, JESUS HAS

MARKERS.

DAD, JESUS HAS MARKERS.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HE

MEANT.

SO I FINALLY ASKED THE RIGHT

QUESTION.

COLTON, WHERE ARE JESUS'

MARKERS.

AND HE DROPS HIS TOYS DOWN

AND HE STANDS UP, AND H HE

POINTS, AND HE BENDS OVER

AND TOUCHES THE TOPS OF HIS

FEET AND TOUCHES THE PALMS

OF HIS HAND, AND SAYS,

THAT'S WHERE HIS MARKERS

WERE, DAD.

I WAS IN THE THRONE ROOM,

SO I GOT TO SEE WHAT THAT

WAS LIKE.

I WAS UPSET BECAUSE I DIDN'T

KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING.

WHAT GOD DID WAS HE USED

PEOPLE OR THINGS THAT I

LIKED TO CALM ME DOWN.

FROM THERE ON I FELT

BETTER.

AND ONE DAY WE'RE

TRAVELLING TOGETHER, AND HE

LOOKS UP AT ME AND SAYS,

DAD, YOU USED TO HAVE A

GRANDPA NAMED POP, DIDN'T

YOU?

I WAS, LIKE, YEAH.

HE IS REALLY NICE.

YOU USED TO PLAY WITH HIM AS

A KID AND WORK WITH HIM ON

THE FARM AND SHOOT STUFF

WITH HIM.

AND I'M, LIKE, HOW DO YOU

KNOW THAT?

WELL, HE TOLD ME.

A FIGURE CAME UP AND HE

WAS POP.

HE ASKED ME, ARE YOU TODD'S

SON?

I SAID YES.

HE SAID HE WAS HIS GRANDPA,

AND SO THAT'S WHERE I MET

HIM.

YEAH, POP -- I WAS VERY

CLOSE TO HIM.

HE WAS MY SIGNIFICANT MALE

ROLE MODEL WHEN I WAS A KID

GROWING UP.

BUT HE WAS KILLED IN A CAR

WRECK BEFORE I TURNED

SEVEN.

I WAS BUSY PAYING BILLS

AGAIN, BECAUSE THAT'S MY

JOB.

AND HE CAME UP AND TOLD ME

HE HAD TWO SISTERS.

HE HAD TO SAY IT SEVERAL

TIMES BEFORE HE FINALLY GOT

MY ATTENTION.

FINALLY I PUT MY PEN DOWN

AND SAID, WHAT DO YOU MEAN

YOU HAD TWO SISTERS?

HE SAID, I HAVE TWO

SISTERS.

YOU HAD A BABY DIE IN YOUR

TUMMY.

AND I SAID, HOW DO YOU KNOW

THAT?

AND HE SAID, SHE TOLD ME.

SHE LOOKED LIKE CASSIE, BUT

SHE HAD BROWN HAIR.

WE KNEW THIS WAS TRUE

BECAUSE HE SAID, SHE

WOULDN'T STOP HUGGING ME AND

I'M NOI DIDN'T LIKE THAT.

I'M NOT REALLY THE

HUGGING TYPE.

WE LOST HER FATHER'S DAY,

AND THAT MADE IT EVEN

TOUGHER.

WHEN HE SAID HE HAD TWO

SISTERS, I THINK I WAS IN

SHOCK FIRST, AND THEN TRYING

TO REALIZE, WHAT IS HE

TELLING ME.

SO I KNEW HE HAD SEEN HER.

AND AFTER HE DESCRIBED HER,

HE SAID, SHE IS JUST WAITING

FOR YOU GUYS TO COME TO

HEAVEN.

AS WE TALKED ABOUT

HEAVEN, AND HE WAS TELLING

ME ALL OF THESE WONDERFUL

DETAILS, I JUST FELT LIKE I

HAD TO ASK HIM, DID HE WANT

TO COME BACK?

I KNEW I WAS LEAVING

HEAVEN BECAUSE JESUS CAME TO

ME AND SAID, COLTON, YOU

NEED TO GO BACK.

EVEN THOUGH I DIDN'T WANT TO

GO BACK, HE SAID THAT HE WAS

ANSWERING MY DAD'S PRAYER.

AND I REMEMBER THAT

PRAYER.

THAT IRREVERENT, THAT

DISRESPECTFUL, SCREAMING AT

GOD PRAYER.

I WAS, LIKE, YOU'RE

ANSWERING THAT PRAYER?

Reporter: TODAY COLTON

IS A HEALTHY 3-YEAR-OLD,

AND SHARES HIS HEAVENLY

JOURNEY WITH BOLDNESS.

I LEARNED THAT HEAVEN IS

FOR REAL, AND YOU'RE GOING

TO LIKE IT.

Gordon: RECENTLY CBN

NEWS' WENDY GRIFFITH SAT

DOWN WITH THE BURPO FAMILY

TO FIND OUT WHAT HAS

HAPPENED SENSE THE RELEASE

OF THEIR BOOK AND HOW THE

ADAPTATION HAS CHANGED THEIR

LIVES.

WERP AND JOINING ME IS THE

BURPO FAMILY, TODD, HIS

WIFE, AND THEIR SON,

COLTON.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.

Wendy: FIRST A BOOK,

AND NOW A MOVIE.

HOW DOES IT FEEL, TODD TO

SEE YOUR STORY HAVING THAT

MUCH INFLUENCE.

IT IS GOOD TO SEE THE

RESPONSE TO IT.

BECAUSE WE ORIGINALLY TOOK A

RISK BECAUSE WE SAID IF THE

PEACE AND HOPE IT DID FOR

US, IT IS WORTH TAKING A

RISK.

BUT TO SEE IT GO SO FAR AND

SO BROAD, YOU SIT BACK AND

SAY, GOD SAW THINGS WE

DIDN'T SEE.

AND WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR

THAT.

Wendy: SONYA, THOUSANDS

HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THE

BOOK AND THE STORY AND NOW

THE MOVIE COMING OUT.

HOW HAS THIS CHANGED YOUR

OWN LIVES?

WELL, I THINK

SPIRITUALLY, FOR US, IT

DEFINITELY -- WE BELIEVED IN

HEAVEN BEFORE, BUT NOW WE

KIND OF HAVE A BETTER

PICTURE OF WHAT HEAVEN IS.

WE'RE NOT HOME, BUT WE'RE

GOING HOME.

Wendy: TELL US, TODD,

HOW THE BOOK BECAME A MOVIE,

AND NOT JUST ANY MOVIE.

GREG KINNEAR, ONE OF MY

FAVORITE ACTORS, PLAYS YOU.

HOW DID THE BOOK BECOME A

MOVIE?

THEY ACTUALLY APPROACHED

ME.

WE NEVER SOUGHT HOLLYWOOD.

HOLLYWOOD SOUGHT US.

WE SAID NO, NO, NO.

WERP WHO IS "THEY?"

PRODUCERS FROM PRODUCTION

COMPANIES.

MANY OF THEM CALLED MY

AGENT.

THERE WAS A DISCUSSION WITH

T.D. JAKES, AND IN THAT

MOMENT I HAD TO GUARANTEE

THEY WOULD BE TRUE TO

COLTON'S STORY.

UNTIL I HAD THAT CONFIDENCE,

GOING FORWARD WAS NOT EVEN

AN OPTION.

MY WIFE WAS, LIKE, I WOULD

NEVER MAKE A MOVIE.

SO I TRY NOT TO USE THAT

WORD ANYMORE.

THAT WAS THE THING THAT

STARTED IT.

IF WE DIDN'T HAVE THAT

CONFIDENCE, WE WOULDN'T HAVE

DONE IT.

RANDALL WALLACE WAS SELECTED

TO BE THE DIRECTOR, AND HE

SELECTED GREG KINNEAR TO

PLAY ME.

THOSE ARE THINGS YOU DON'T

KNOW AT THE BEGINNING WHEN

YOU MAKE THESE DECISIONS.

BUT GOD SHOWED ME AT THE

VERY BEGINNING.

HE WAS, LIKE, I'M GOING TO

SHOW YOU I'M BIGGER THAN

HOLLYWOOD.

AND HE HAS DONE THAT.

WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IN

THEATERS TODAY, YOU'RE GOING

TO SIT THERE AND GO, WOW!

GOD HAD TO SHOW HIMSELF IN

MANY, MANY, MANY STEPS.

AND RANDALL IS ONE OF THE

BIGGEST ONES, TO TAKE A

REAL-LIFE STORY AND DEPICT

IT ON THE FILM, WITH GREG

KINNEAR -- THIS IS "A" PLUS

QUALITY.

Wendy: I'VE SEEN THE

FILM.

AND THE LITTLE GUY WHO PLAYS

YOU, COLTON, IS THE CUTEST

THING.

LOOKS A LOT LIKE YOU, BUT

YOU'RE NOW ALMOST 14 --

I AM 14.

Wendy: 14 AND HOW MANY

MONTHS.

MY BIRTHDAY IS NEXT

MONTH.

Wendy: YOUR MOM TOLD ME

YOU LIKE TO BE VERY EXACT.

WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU

SAW THIS MOVIE?

WELL, I THINK THAT A LOT

OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO FIND

HEALING WITH IT.

EVERYBODY HAS A HURT.

SO I THINK THAT THIS FILM

WILL JUST GIVE THEM HOPE

THAT THERE IS SOMETHING

BETTER.

Wendy: YEAH.

NOW, THE WAY THEY DEPICTED

HEAVEN IN THE MOVIE, OF

COURSE, WAS VERY CREATIVE.

WE WON'T GIVE IT AWAY, BUT

WHAT WAS YOUR TAKE ON THAT.

IT IS HARD TO DEPICT

SOMETHING YOU'VE NEVER SEEN

OR EXPERIENCE BEFORE.

I THINK EVEN THOUGH THEY

HAVE NEVER SEEN IT OR

EXPERIENCED, I THOUGHT THEY

DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB, AND

THEY'LL BE ABLE TO SHOW

PEOPLE, HEY, THIS IS A

GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN.

BUT HEAVEN IS MUCH, MUCH

BETTER THAN THAT.

Wendy: OF COURSE, YOU

HAVE SEEN IT, AND YOU'VE

BEEN THERE.

AND YOU WERE ONLY THREE,

ALMOST FOUR, WHEN YOU TOOK

THAT TRIP TO HEAVEN.

DO YOU STILL REMEMBER IT,

RECALL IT AS VIVIDLY NOW AS

YOU DID THEN?

YES, I CAN STILL REMEMBER

MY TRIP TO HEAVEN VERY

VIVIDLY.

Wendy: WOW, WHAT A

GREAT MEMORY.

TODD, WHAT DO YOU WANT

PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY FROM THE

MOVIE "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL."

I THINK THE MOVIE IS VERY

HONEST.

IT SHOWS A REAL FAMILY WITH

REAL ISSUES.

THEY'LL SEE THAT PASTORS ARE

REAL PEOPLE, TOO.

I THINK HOPEFULLY THEY'LL

SEE COLTON IS NOT SPECIAL.

WE'RE NOT SPECIAL.

WHAT JESUS DID FOR US, HE

WANTS TO DO FOR YOU, TOO.

HE WANTS TO DO THE SAME

THING FOR EVERYONE.

IF YOU WOULD JUST LET JESUS

INTO YOUR LIFE AND LET JESUS

DO FOR YOU WHAT HE WANTS TO,

IT'S A GREAT THING.

THAT'S WHAT I HOPE AWAY FROM

THOSE THEATERS REALIZING,

THAT WE CAN EXPERIENCE WHAT

COLTON DID.

Wendy: FINALLY, LET ME

ASK YOU THIS, WHAT WAS, WHEN

YOU'RE WATCHING THE MOVIE,

THE EMOTIONALLY CHARGED

SCENE FOR YOU, OR MAYBE

THERE IS MORE THAN ONE?

I THINK THE WHOLE MOVIE

IS EMOTIONALLY CHARGED.

AND THEN SEEING YOUR FAMILY

LIFE PLAYED OUT IS HARD TO

WATCH.

BUT I THINK THE MOST

EMOTIONALLY CHARGED IS

PROBABLY WHEN COLTON COMES

IN AND HE ANNOUNCES HE HAS

TWO SISTERS.

MISCARRIAGE IS A SILENT,

QUIET HURT THAT A LOT OF

PEOPLE GO TO THE GRAVE

WITH.

WE HAVE NOW GIVEN A VOICE OR

PLATFORM FOR PEOPLE TO TALK

ABOUT IT AND GET SOME

HEALING.

Wendy: OF COURSE,

COLTON WAS ONLY THREE.

YOU HAD NEVER TOLD HIM THAT

HE HAD A SISTER THAT DIED IN

YOUR WOMB.

HE WAS TOO YOUNG TO

UNDERSTAND WHAT A

MISCARRIAGE WAS.

HE CAME AND SAID HE MET HIS

SISTER IN HEAVEN.

YEAH.

HE THOUGHT HE WAS ANNOUNCING

SOME OTHER NEWS, MATTER OF

FACT, HEY, I HAVE A SISTER,

AND HE DID NOT REALIZE HOW

EMOTIONALLY CHARGED HIS

SENTENCE WAS.

WE THOUGHT WE HAD GOTTEN

HEALING, BUT HE HAD BROUGHT

MORE HEALING TO US BY

TELLING US SHE IS OKAY, SHE

IS OKAY.

AND WHAT A BETTER PLACE TO

BE TAKEN CARE OF THEN

HEAVEN.

Wendy: TODD, LET ME ASK

YOU THE SAME THING, WHAT

SCENE WAS THE MOST EMOTIONAL

FOR YOU TO WATCH?

WATCHING MY SON BE

WHEELED DOWN TO THAT

SURGERY.

THAT PRECEDED MY YELLING AT

GOD.

I STILL REMEMBER THAT.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, AND

FORTUNATELY FOR US, WE

TALKED ABOUT IT, AND THEY'RE

REMODELING THAT HOSPITAL

NOW.

AS A PASTOR, I'VE AVOIDED

THAT HALLWAY, AND I'VE HAD

TO WALK DOWN IT BEFORE.

AND TO SEE THAT DEPICTED,

THAT IS TOUGH.

Wendy: THAT SCENE IS

HARD TO WATCH.

BUT YOU'RE STILL PASTORING.

YES.

Wendy: IN THE MOVIE,

YOU GO THROUGH -- GREG

KINNEAR IS PLAYING YOU, AND

HE GOES THROUGH A CRISIS OF

FAITH.

DID THAT REALLY HAPPEN?

I THINK THE BIGGEST

CRISIS FOR ME IS NOT THE

REALITY OF HEAVEN, BUT WHAT

DID I BELIEVE ABOUT

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.

THAT WAS A STRUGGLE FOR ME.

BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I

BELIEVED ABOUT THAT.

OBVIOUSLY I HAD A SON, AND A

4-YEAR-OLD CAN'T FOOL YOU.

YOU REALIZED IT WAS TRUE.

AND I HAD THE BACKDROP OF

SCRIPTURE TO TEST AGAINST

IT.

I KNOW MY SON SAW WHAT HE

SAW AND HE IS NOT MAKING IT

UP.

BUT I'M AMAZED THAT GOD USED

A CHILD TO DESCRIBE HEAVEN.

Wendy: THE LITTLE ACTOR

WHO PLAYS COLTON IS SO

BELIEVE.

HE IS AWESOME.

YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ON

SCREEN THE CLOSEST

REPUTATION OF WHAT I COULD

HAVE IMAGINED OF WHAT I SAW

11 YEARS AGO.

Wendy: THAT'S THE BEST

ENDORSEMENT ANYONE COULD ASK

FOR.

Wendy: TODD, SONYA,

COLTON, IT'S A PLEASURE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING

HERE AND SHARING YOUR

THOUGHTS.

STILL AHEAD, YOU'RE GOING TO

MEET THE MAN WHO WROTE

"BRAVEHEART," AND WHO

DIRECTED "HEAVEN IS FOR

REAL" AFTER THIS.

Wendy: BEFORE THE

BREAK, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY

TO SIT DOWN WITH THE BURPO

FAMILY, THE SUBJECTS OF A

NEW MAJOR MOTION PICTURE,

"HEAVEN IS FOR REAL."

AND JOINING ME NOW IS THE

MOVIE'S DIRECTOR, RANDALL

WALLACE.

OH, THANK YOU.

SO GREAT TO BE WITH YOU.

Wendy: GREAT TO BE WITH

YOU.

YOU READ THE BOOK, AND DID

YOU JUST DECIDE IT HAS TO BE

A MOVIE?

I READ THE BOOK, AND I

REALLY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE

BURPO FAMILY.

I SAW SUCH A REAL STORY IN

THEM.

PEOPLE WHO WEREN'T TRYING TO

MANUFACTURE SOMETHING, BUT

SOMEONE FOR WHOM A MIRACLE

HAD HAPPENED, A COMPLETELY

REAL KIND OF MIRACLE.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU'RE A

PARENT AND YOU GO THROUGH

THIS EXPERIENCE OF NEARLY

LOSING YOUR CHILD, AND

UNTHINKABLE THING TO ME.

AND THEN HE STARTS TO TALK

ABOUT WHAT HEAVEN IS LIKE.

IT IS LIKE EVERYBODY YOU

WOULD WANT TO BELIEVE.

AND CAN YOU REALLY ACCEPT

THAT?

AND WHAT ARE ITS

IMPLICATIONS?

IT'S NOT LIKE THEY THOUGHT,

HOW DO WE MANUFACTURE A

STORY.

IT'S LIKE SUDDENLY WE'RE IN

THE GRIP OF GOD.

AND THAT'S A GREAT TALE ANY

TIME, ANYWHERE.

Wendy: WAS THAT A

CHALLENGE?

HOW DO YOU DEPICT HEAVEN,

EVEN AS A VERY GREAT

MOVIE-MAKER, AS YOU ARE?

HOW DO YOU DEPICT SOMETHING

THAT NOBODY HAS EVER SEEN?

THAT WAS THE SCARY PART.

BECAUSE IN MOST MOVIES YOU

END UP, LIKE, MORGAN FREEMAN

AND WHITE PAJAMAS.

AND I LOVE THAT MOVIE, MADE

BY A GREAT FRIEND OF MINE.

AND I UNDERSTAND WHY YOU DO

THAT, BECAUSE HEAVEN IS SO

MAJESTIC.

THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A

PROHIBITION AGAINST TRYING

TO DEPICT THE FACE OF GOD

OUT OF THE SACREDNESS, AND

IT'S TOO HOLY.

BUT THIS BOY, COLTON BURPO,

CAME BACK SAYING, THIS IS

WHAT HEAVEN IS LIKE.

THAT IS WHAT WAS SO GRIPPING

TO ME.

I WANTED TO LET THE AUDIENCE

EXPERIENCE THAT.

AND THE CLOSEST I KNEW HOW

TO COME WAS INSPIRED BY THE

LORD'S PRAYER, "ON EARTH AS

IT IS IN HEAVEN."

AND THE THOUGHT THAT AS C.S.

LEWIS SAID, GOD IS A GREAT

ARTIST.

GOD'S HANDY WORK IS EVIDENT

TO US IN THIS WORLD, THIS

WORLD THAT IS SO BEAUTIFUL.

SO WE DIDN'T TRY TO CREATE

FANTASY ELEMENTS FOR

HEAVEN.

WE TRIED TO USE THE MOST

BEAUTIFUL ELEMENTS OF THE

EARTH TO SAY THIS MUST BE

WHAT HEAVEN IS LIKE.

Wendy: THERE HAVE BEEN

SOME EARLY SCREENINGS, AND

I, FORTUNATELY, HAD THE

OPPORTUNITY TO SEE IT.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE

REACTIONS YOU ARE GETTING

FROM PEOPLE?

WELL, DID IT RUIN YOUR

MASCARA, BECAUSE IT IS

MAKING A LOT OF PEOPLE VERY

EMOTIONAL.

Wendy: IT IS VERY

EMOTIONAL.

IT IS FOR ME, TOO.

I'VE SEEN THE MOVIE DOZENS

AND DOZENS OF TIMES, AND IT

STILL MOVES ME.

WHAT HAS REALLY BEEN

STRIKING TO ME IS THAT

PEOPLE OF FAITH, PEOPLE WHO

SEE THEMSELVES AS HAVING A

SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE AND

PRACTICE, THEY REALLY LOVE

THIS MOVIE.

WHAT SURPRISED ME, BUT IT IS

SOMETHING THAT WE ALL

WANTED -- I KNOW THE BURPOS

WANTED IT AND I SURE WANTED

IT, TOO, IS THAT THE MOVIE

WOULD SAY TO PEOPLE, WHO SEE

THEMSELVES AS OUTSIDE THE

FAITH, THAT GOD LOVES THEM.

THAT GOD IS ALWAYS REACHING

OUT.

AND THAT THE AUDIENCES THAT

HAVE COME, AND WE TESTED IT

FOR AUDIENCES WHO IDENTIFY

THEMSELVES AS HAVING NO

FAITH AT ALL.

AND THEIR EMOTIONAL REACTION

HAS BEEN AS GREAT AS THE

FAITH-BASED AUDIENCE.

THEY'RE LESS LIKELY TO WANT

TO TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE

THEY'RE AFRAID OF SOUNDING

RELIGIOUS, BUT THEY LOVED

THE MOVIE.

AND IT'S A MOVIE THAT

REACHES ACROSS BOUNDARIES.

I LOVE TO SAY, GOD'S LOVE

JUMPS ALL OF THE FENCES.

Wendy: IT SURE DOES.

WELL-SAID.

YOU GOT GREG KINNEAR, ONE OF

MY FAVVRITE ACTORS, TO PLAY

TODD BURPO, AND IT IS AN

ALL-STAR CAST.

WAS THAT DIFFICULT?

BECAUSE THIS IS A

FAITH-BASED MOVIE, AND

HOLLYWOOD CAN SOMETIMES HAVE

SOME ISSUES WITH THAT.

DID THE ACTORS, DID GREG

KINNEAR AND THE OTHERS HAVE

ANY PROBLEM KNOWING THIS IS

A VERY EVANGELICAL,

FAITH-BASED MOVIE?

WELL, I'LL TELL YOU,

WRITING, DIRECTING, ACTING,

WHAT WE'RE DOING, WHAT YOU

DO, IT IS AN ACT OF FAITH.

YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE THE

COURAGE TO FACE WHATEVER

SOMEBODY -- IF YOU LIVE YOUR

LIFE ALONG THE LINES OF, I'M

GOING TO LET MYSELF BE

MEASURED BY WHAT OTHER

PEOPLE THINK OF ME, THEN

YOU'VE LOST YOUR SOUL.

AND IN SOME WAYS THE

FUNDAMENTAL SPIRITUAL ISSUE

IS TO SAY, GOD LOVES ME;

THAT'S ENOUGH.

IF GOD LOVES ME, NOTHING

ELSE WILL MATTER BECAUSE

EVERYTHING ELSE WILL BE

RIGHT.

AND THOSE ACTORS THAT I

ASKED ALL -- ALL OF THE

ACTORS THAT I WANTED SAID

YES IMMEDIATELY.

Wendy: WOW!

AND I CAN ONLY ATTRIBUTE

THAT TO SOMETHING MUCH

GREATER THAN ME WORKING.

Wendy: YOU HAVE

WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND

DIRECTED SOME OF HOLLYWOOD'S

BIGGEST HITS, "BRAVEHEART,"

I KNOW IT IS ONE OF MY

FAVORITE MOVIES -- HOW HAVE

YOU SEEN GOD USE YOU IN THE

SECULAR WORLD OF

MOVIE-MAKING?

I THINK THE BIGGEST THING

IS GOD'S PLANS ARE WAY

BIGGER THAN OUR PLANS ARE.

ONE OF MY FRIENDS IN

SEMINARY SAID, IF YOU WANT

TO MAKE GOD LAUGH, JUST TELL

GOD YOUR PLANS.

I DIDN'T GO TO HOLLYWOOD

PLANNING TO BE A DIRECTOR.

Wendy: WHY DID YOU GO?

I WANTED TO BE A

SONGWRITER.

AND I WAS SO GOOD AT IT, NO

ONE EVER LISTENED TO MY

SONGS.

AND NO ONE EVER WANTED TO

HEAR ME SING.

Wendy: AND THEN YOU END

UP MAKING "BRAVEHEART," AND

WORKING WITH MEL GIBSON, AND

"PEARL HARBOR," AND THE LIST

GOES ON AND ON.

WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO

TAKE AWAY FROM "HEAVEN IS

FOR REAL."

I WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE A

GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN

THEMSELVES.

SO THAT WHEN THEY GO,

THEY'LL HAVE A SENSE OF JOY

AND WONDER, AND IS SENSE OF

MYSTERY.

SO MUCH WE TALK ABOUT, WHEN

YOU HAVE A CRISIS OF FAITH,

IT GENERALLY MEANS THAT

SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAS

HAPPENED TO YOU.

IN FACT, THE REAL CHALLENGE

IS TO BELIEVE THE BEST

POSSIBLE THINGS ARE TRUE.

THAT GOD LOVES YOU, THAT

WHERE BABIES COME FROM IS

WHERE WE GO WHEN WE TAKE OUR

LAST BREATHS HERE.

IF WE CAN BELIEVE THAT, THEN

LIFE IS ETERNAL AND

ETERNALLY WONDERFUL.

Wendy: THAT IS

PROFOUND.

I SERIOUSLY WISH WE HAD MORE

TIME.

RANDALL WALLACE, THANK YOU

FOR SPENDING SOMETIME WITH

US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Wendy: THE MOVIE

"HEAVEN IS FOR REAL" OPENS

APRIL 14th IN MOVIE

THEATERS NATIONWIDE.

COMING UP, GORDON WILL BE

BACK WITH MORE "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," RIGHT AFTER

THIS.

Gordon: CBN'S ANIMATED

SERIES IS BROADCASTING

AROUND THE WORLD.

AND RECENTLY A LITTLE GIRL

IN THE PHILIPPINES WATCHED

ONE OF THE LATEST EPISODES

OF "SUPERBOOK."

AND SHE WENT FROM

DISOBEDIENT TO HELPFUL

OVERNIGHT.

Reporter: YASMINE LOVES

PLAYING SCHOOL WITH HER

LITTLE BROTHERS.

SHE LIKES BEING THE

TEACHER.

WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO

BECOME A MATH TEACHER.

Reporter: BUT YASMINE

STRUGGLED AT HOME, DOING HER

CHORES AND OBEYING HER

PARENTS.

I GRUMBLE SOMETIMES

BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE I HAVE

MORE JOBS THAN MY BROTHER.

Reporter: THEN ONE

SUNDAY, YASMINE SAW AN

EPISODE OF CBN'S ANIMATED

SERIES, "SUPERBOOK."

"SUPERBOOK" IS AMAZING.

I LIKE THE CHARACTERS AND

ENJOY THE STORY A LOT.

Reporter: YASMINE AND

HER BROTHERS WATCHED

"SUPERBOOK" EVERY TIME IT

CAME ON.

WHEN THEY SAW THE EPISODE

CALLED "THE TEST," SHE WAS

MOVED BY WHAT CHRIS DID FOR

A SICK BOY.

WHEN HE SAW A SICK BOY

WANTED WHAT HE HAD, HE

DECIDED TO GIVE IT TO THE

BOY.

I LEARNED ABOUT GIVING AND

DECIDED TO SHARE MORE WITH

MY BROTHERS.

Reporter: YASMINE'S MOM

NOTICED THE CHANGE.

SHE BECAME MORE OBEDIENT

AND HELPFUL AFTER SHE SAW

"SUPERBOOK."

NOW SHE SWEEPS THE FLOOR AND

WASHES THE DISHES WITHOUT

BEING ASKED.

IT HAS BEEN A BIG CHANGE.

Reporter: ONE DAY

YASMINE INVITED HER

NEIGHBORS TO WATCH THE

SHOW.

AND AFTER THE SHOW, YASMINE

HELD A "SUPERBOOK" CLASS,

WITH THE HELP OF HER DAD,

WHERE SHE HELPED HER FRIENDS

LEARN MORE ABOUT GOD.

I ENJOYED THE OLD VERSION

OF "SUPERBOOK" AS A KID.

I'M HAPPY NOW THAT

"SUPERBOOK" IS BEING A BIG

INFLUENCE ON MY CHILDREN.

"SUPERBOOK" IS MY

FAVORITE PROGRAM NOW BECAUSE

IT TEACHES US A LOT OF GREAT

LESSONS FROM THE BIBLE.

Gordon: WE'RE TAKING

THE STORIES OF THE BIBLE

AROUND THE WORLD.

AND IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART

OF IT, IF YOU WANT TO BE A

PART OF SEEING "SUPERBOOK"

BROADCAST IN OVER 42

LANGUAGES, ALL YOU HAVE TO

DO IS JOIN THE "SUPERBOOK"

D.V.D.

HOW MUCH IS IT?

JUST $25.

AND EVERY FOUR TO SIX WEEKS

WE'LL SEND YOU THE LATEST

COPY -- THE LATEST EDITION

OF "SUPERBOOK."

YOU'LL GET NOT JUST ONE COPY

FOR YOUR GIFT OF $25, BUT

YOU'LL GET THREE.

SO IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART

OF THE CLUB, EVERY FOUR TO

SIX WEEKS WE'LL CHARGE YOUR

CREDIT CARD OR DEBIT CARD

$25, AND SHIP YOU OUT THREE

COPIES OF THE LATEST

EPISODE, SO YOU CAN BE A

PART OF DISTRIBUTING THE

STORIES OF THE BIBLE TO YOUR

FAMILY, TO YOUR CHURCH, TO

YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, SO YOU

CAN BE A PART OF GETTING THE

WORD OUT AND GETTING THEM TO

KNOW THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE.

IF THAT'S YOU, CALL US,

1-888-777-1999.

IF YOU WANT TO GET CAUGHT UP

ON PAST EPISODES, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS GO TO

CBN.COM.

THERE IS A PLACE WHERE YOU

CAN DESIGNATE WHICH EPISODES

YOU WANT TO GET.

AGAIN, IT IS FOR A GIFT OF

$25 OR MORE.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALM 8: 2: "OUT

OF THE MOUTH OF BABES, AND

NURSING INFANTS, YOU HAVE

ORDAINED STRENGTH.

BECAUSE OF YOUR ENEMIES,

THAT YOU MAY SILENCE THE

ENEMY AND THE AVENGER."

REALIZE IT IS OUT OF THE

MOUTH OF BABES THAT GOD ORD

ORDAINS STRENGTH.

WHY?

BECAUSE IT SILENCES THE

ENEMY.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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