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Movie version of “The Case for Heaven” scheduled for release in this week

Death has touched many lives in the past two years and forced people to think about eternity. Lee Strobel, a Christian artist and journalist, addressed the topic in his book “The Case for Heaven.”

The book features interviews from scholars and experts about the idea of life after death. A movie based on the book is scheduled to be released in early April.

“The pandemic has a lot of people pondering what happens after people close their eyes for the last time in this world,” Strobel said. “This film provides compelling evidence from both inside and outside the Bible to show that we will, indeed, continue to live on.”

The documentary also takes inspiration from Strobel’s own near-death experience.

“It started several years ago when I almost died,” he said. “My wife found me unconscious on the bedroom floor. She called an ambulance. I woke up in the emergency room, and the doctor looked down at me and said, ‘You’re one step away from a coma, two steps away from dying,’ and then I went unconscious again and lingered between life and death for a while until the doctors were able to save me.'”

After that incident, Strobel, who used to be skeptical of near-death experience stories, took a greater interest in exploring the afterlife. “I was a skeptic about near-death experiences until I found out we have 900 scholarly articles that have been written and published in scientific and medical journals over the last 40 years.”

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Today, Strobel finds these experiences to be a “very well-researched area” and will showcase that research in his upcoming film. The movie will also include interviews with pastor Francis Chan, best-selling author John Burke, the late evangelist Luis Palau and more.

“Heaven, for billions of people around the world, is an awe-inspiring place only fully known once you’re there,” says director Mani Sandoval. “In this film, I believe audiences will experience our most ambitious attempt to sonically, emotionally and cinematically touch Heaven – even if it’s just for a second.”

The film will be shown exclusively in theaters on April 4-6. For more information and to buy your tickets, visit: www.thecaseforheavenmovie.com.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice