‘Miracles from Heaven’ movie shows hand of God at work for North Texas family

by Jerry Circelli

North Texas Catholic


Miracles from Heaven is based on the true story of a young girl who, after enduring great suffering, is miraculously cured after falling 30 feet into the hollow of giant cottonwood tree. (Photo courtesy Columbia Pictures)

Jesus went on from there and reached the shores of the Lake of Galilee, and he went up onto the mountain. He took his seat, and large crowds came to him bringing the lame, the crippled, the blind, the dumb, and many others; these they put down at his feet, and he cured them.


The crowds were astonished to see the dumb speaking, the cripples whole again, the lame walking and the blind with their sight, and they praised the God of Israel.

       Matthew 15:29-31

The New Testament gives us many examples about Jesus performing miracles — from walking on water to calming a storm, from turning water into wine to feeding the hungry, from curing the sick to raising the dead.

Miracles still happen every day. Believers who trust in the power of God to do the impossible will tell you that miracles didn’t just happen 2,000 years ago in Cana, Capernaum, and other areas where Jesus traveled, but are happening now in their own backyards.

Such was the case for the Beam family of Burleson. Their story is the inspiration for the new movie Miracles from Heaven, presented by Columbia Pictures and distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment in association with AFFIRM Films. The latter has experienced great success with recent faith-based films that have included the titles Soul Surfer, Courageous, When the Game Stands Tall, and Risen

The new release stars Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, John Carroll Lynch, Eugenio Derbez, and Queen Latifah.

With a March 16 release date, just ahead of Holy Week, Miracles from Heaven gives moviegoers the opportunity to reflect on how God is at work today in the lives of those on a journey from hardship to healing.

In Miracles from Heaven, when Christy Beam, played by Jennifer Garner, finds out that her 10-year-old daughter, Annabel, has an incurable disease, she shifts into high gear determined to save the girl.

Just when things seem like they can’t get any worse for the Beam family, they get worse. An ailing Annabel falls three stories into the hollow of a cottonwood tree.

In Miracles from Heaven Jennifer Garner plays the part of Christy Beam, while Kylie Rogers plays the part of her daughter, Annabel.  (Photo courtesy Columbia Pictures)

Now we see the miracles unfold.

Through the family’s journey, we discover how God has a way of miraculously making things new again for those with unshakeable faith. The miracle spills over to mystified medical professionals, church leaders, and the general community.

Miracles from Heaven is a story about determination, faith, and hope for those who heed the advice of St. John the Apostle: “And we have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).

The movie is based on the book Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing, by Christy Beam.

Christy — the real-life mother portrayed in the movie — shared her family’s story with the North Texas Catholic recently.

“When things are dark and you are overwhelmed,” Christy said, “you just tend to look down and you miss all those examples of God’s faithfulness in your life around you … the miracles.

My desire is to tell people to look up,” Christy continued. “Look up. God may not have that big miracle for you yet, but He is showing you his love through acts of faithfulness daily in your life.”

Christy asked people to consider this: “Maybe what I feel is ‘down and out’ isn’t my ‘down and out.’ Maybe I’m on my way back up. I’m fixing to come back up for air. Maybe this is God’s plan. See life with a whole different view, see things with a whole different way of seeing things. Things aren’t always the way you see them. See them from God’s perspective.”

The mother continued, “I get messages from all over the world that Annabel has given people the courage to fight another day.

“One gentleman wrote and said, ‘I want you to know that I had given up on God, but I am going to be faithful and give Him another chance. I am going to get back in my communion with God.’ He said, ‘Annabel has inspired me.’

 “I feel like that is her purpose,” said Christy about her daughter, Annabel. “Her story inspires people and helps them get back in communion with God.”

Get a glimpse of the world from God’s perspective and how He remains by our side, even during times of hopelessness and doubt, in Miracles from Heaven. The movie opens March 16.

Exclusive video interviews with the North Texas Catholic:

Actress Jennifer Garner and Annabel Beam, the youngster who was subject of Miracles from Heaven, talk about the new release.

Faith-based producers DeVon Franklin and T.D. Jakes, who produced Miracles from Heaven and other films, discuss their genre of movies that look to God for inspiration. 




















The New Testament gives us many examples about Jesus performing miracles — from walking on water to calming a storm, from turning water into wine to feeding the hungry, from curing the sick to raising the dead.