The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 27, 2013

Heaven is for Real event held Friday in Mankato


Curiosity led Todd to ask his mother if she had a younger picture of his Pop. When the photo arrived in the mail a few weeks later, Todd and Sonja called Colton into the room and placed the photo in his hands, asking what he thought without revealing who was in the photo.

In the picture, Pop was 29-years-old.

“In half a second after receiving the photo Colton says, ‘Hey, how did you get a picture of Pop?’” Todd said. “It didn’t take us long to realize that Colton was telling the truth because of his age. He’s not 14. The only reasonable explanation is his.”

In the years that followed, Colton began to tell his story publicly during funeral services as a way to offer hope.

“I’m a pastor. I’m not a writer but people I didn’t even know would come to me and tell me I needed to write the book,” Todd said. “I didn’t even know how to get a book published and I had heard the horror stories related to the publishing world. I finally just told God he had to bring the publishing world to us if that was what he wanted and he did.”

Filming for the movie ‘Heaven is for Real’ will begin this week in Winnipeg, Canada. The target date for the upcoming movie’s release is set for Easter of 2014.

“We are currently acting as consultants,” Todd said. “We really had to pray over whether a movie production was the right path for us. It’s one thing to see your life in print and an entirely different feeling to see your life on the big screen. God really had to convince us that this was something we needed to do. In fact, a lot of our current journey began with my telling God, ‘I don’t want to do this. If you want this, you have to make it happen.’ And he has every time.”

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