A Time for Heaven

6.41 h 28 min20187+
Based on the incredible true story about a tenacious nurse, who helped people that had reached the end of their lives come to terms with God and heaven, was assigned an unexpected patient. From the creators of "A Box of Faith" and "Before All Others" comes this inspirational story of unconditional love.
Craig McMahonAuturo Gavino
John PaquetteBarbara McBainGreg Lutz
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Julie Van LithShari K. GreenNadine JacksonMitch EtterBill WetherillTim Helmstader
Craig McMahonLacy McMahon
Craig McMahon and Auturo Gavino
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Extraordinary Moments and Miracles
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I've just finished watching "A Time For Heaven", and would recommend it as part of the research people and their families should look into about end of life issues. As a Hospice nurse for many years, I think people watching this who have cared for loved ones through to death will recognize some familiar experiences that will fill their hearts with the never to be forgotten emotions and memories. The first thing that struck me in the movie version of Julie's story is that Hospice nurses work far, far harder, lol ! She seemed to be working private duty in a hospital setting. Imo, the "trouble" she later had that might have led to firing , may have more to do with taking unexpected times off, than having spiritual conversations with her patients. Hospice (and other) nurses are highly aware of supporting a patient's religious and spiritual beliefs, including atheism. Most people get pretty curious as they approach death, and if they are comfortable talking about it, ask questions. Although her patient insisted he was an atheist, Julie picked up clues he was in spiritual agony and worked toward solutions to ease it, light on religious dogma. Which brings us to the miracles.

What I've observed over years and many dying patients, including my beloved Mom, Dad and family members, I've witnessed about 90 % of them experiencing end of life visions, most involving family members who have passed. Usually a week to three days before passing. In the usual slow process of closing down, these happen unexpectedly and are timed briefly to several minutes, sometimes more, duration. Family members who happen to be there to witness them are very fortunate , they'll never forget it. I've never witnessed a distressing EOLV, although I've heard they happen, rarely. What I've witnessed and heard described by patients is more joyful and comforting. I've never called them miracles, I call them extraordinary moments.
My precious Mom lay dying in a hospital bed in our family room, where I was caring for her. She was in a deep, apparently comfortable sleep. Most of our family was close to her bed, in the room. Suddenly her eyes flew open, she whipped her head around to intensely focus at a spot up to the left of our fan in the middle of the ceiling. She cried out "Mom! Dad! Ted ! Eva ! Howard ! Gramma ! Oh ! Oh ! " She repeated their names again, then "You're here !" Every eye in the room went from Mom's face to the left of the ceiling fan. Including ... our 2 dogs ! She paused, then said "... "but I don't want to go." pause... then "but I'm not ready to go." I knew what was happening and my eyes flew to everyone's faces. They were glued to Mom's face then up to the ceiling fan, where they saw nothing, but were stunned. I sent up a quick prayer thanking our Father and sending all the love I could to my dear brother Ted, who died suddenly at age 42, and the rest of my deceased family. Suddenly Mom started speaking faster than we'd ever heard her. We could only understand the occasional word it was so fast. It went on for a short while, then stopped. Mom looked up for a few more moments, then closed her eyes, exhausted. The next evening she developed unexpected respiratory distress, and 6 days later went from our arms to her family's in Heaven.

12 years later I was walking into my Dad's nursing home room, as he lay dying from side effects of Alzheimer's. I opened my arms wide and bent to kiss him. He gave me a smile and was lifting his arms for a hug, when suddenly he whipped his head to stare over my left shoulder. His face lit up with the hugest smile as he boomed out "Well for crying in the sink, where have ya'll BEEN ?!!!" I immediately "knew" though we were alone in the room, our family had gathered. I mentally thanked our Father, then my family for coming to help Dad. 3 weeks later, ( yep, all those jokes over the years came true ... Dad was always running late ) , 5:26 am I was standing over him, quietly thanking and blessing him... he gave the faintest smile, and with the tiniest movement forward, he plunged into the light. I felt it. My heart and head were completely filled with the thought " My Father is the BRAVEST man ".

One more memory. I was coming on duty, walking onto the unit of our Hospice House. A room bell rang, "oh, a new patient" I remember thinking, walking into the room. The patient and his wife were sitting in chairs. He turned to me. He had no face. Now, I'm pretty good at hiding emotions and facial expressions. But it hit like a hammer, the shock. He had a little bit of forehead and upper jaw left. I was looking at organs I had no right to see. Cancer. Somehow I introduced myself and asked how I could help. Pain meds. I left the room . Within a few steps I felt chilled and started shaking, all over. Went for a brief report, he was assigned as my patient. Pulled up his meds and walked down the hall to his room. "Please God. Please Father. Help me do this, Please." I'd approached the closed door to his room when it happened. A deep voice spoke to me in my head. Like it came from someone standing next to me but it was heard in my head. It said "SEEK HIS HUMANITY". That's all. I breathed and walked into his room. The very first thing I saw was the childlike innocence of the soft nape of his neck ... and every bit of fear fell away. That day was a miracle for me. Never forgotten.

So was it possible Julie's and her patient's miracle happened ? I think so. Watch "A Time For Heaven" for the possibilities in it.

I was disappointed this movie did not adequately cover end of life visions.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
The main character of this movie supposedly saves souls but...
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The bad new is she does this by trying to get her patients to correct the bad they have done in their lives by doing good at the end. If there were heavenly good/bad balance scales this might work; but there aren't. The Bible clearly says, "“None is righteous, no, not one" Romans 3:10 and "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23.
But there is good news.

The good news is, I was a sinner going to hell but Jesus Christ paid for my sins on the cross!  He took the wrath of God and by His wounds I am healed.  He died in my place and rose again!  He says if I just believe I will go to heaven.  And I believe! Woo hoo! And you can too.
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James RowntreeReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
NOT a Christian movie
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COULD have been a good Christian movie. But there is... No Jesus. No Gospel. No Repentance. No Salvation. No Heaven. No Hope. And No Truth. This is a 'Christian' movie without Christ. Even the name of Jesus was not mentioned ONCE in this wretched movie. Viewers are left to guess or assume that the dying atheist somehow heard the Gospel and repented and was saved and so went to heaven. Why, why, why was Jesus left out and there was no presentation of the Gospel to the lost, dying atheist? Were the movie makers ashamed of Jesus? Of the Gospel?
In reality, guesswork aside, the atheist died without Christ and went to Hell. NOT a Christian movie.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Amazing True Story About A Profound Spiritual Healing & A Reuniting
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Wow!!......I Absolutely Love this film. I worked as a Hospice CNA (certified nursing assistant) many years, and can say that caring for those that are preparing to Cross Over is the most satisfying thing I have ever done..... So amazing to see Spirit at work in the story, bringing the three of them together just in the nick of time for a major Spiritual Healing for all three. I cried & cried with joy in this film. Its especially nice that this film is based on a true story.
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Alene L WesnerReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Missing Most Important Info
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I loved the movie and the acting of the characters, but unfortunately...

What it is missing is the most important message that should have preceded the end of the movie. The patient (and those watching this movie) should have been told the Gospel of Jesus Christ by his daughter and his son should have relayed his own near death experience. We should have witnessed the transformation of Mr. Mitchell after that. The way it ended left the impression that nothing had really changed and that he died still an atheist. And that would indeed be tragic!!! I feel that time is short for all of us and the time to accept the saving grace of Jesus's sacrifice for us is now... before it's too late.
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D. DominickReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
A good movie.....but.....
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I really liked the characters and the story line in this movie, but I was disappointed that for someone who was supposedly helping people get ready to leave this life, she never mentioned Jesus. She spoke of Heaven, and her brother even mentioned seeing "Him" when he had his near death experience, but still there was no mention of Jesus. Then she tells her father at the end that now that he had made amends to others and had met his children, he was ready to go to Heaven. NO HE WASN'T! HE WAS STILL AN ATHEIST! There was never any evidence that he got saved by accepting Jesus. BIG omission. Too bad. It COULD have been a really good movie.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting story but horrible theology and VERY misleading
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This is a lovely story of a nurse who helps people go face the end of their lives. In helping her latest patient, she makes some interesting discoveries. It's a beautiful story but to call it a faith based story or for her to call herself a Christian is way off. Why? People to NOT go to heaven because they are doing good things. The Bible tells us that "and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags". We become right with God by the blood of Christ and believing on Jesus. The Bible says, "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them." This movie is very misleading to anyone who may not know their scripture. It will lead people down the wrong path if they do not know what God says. If the movie had not said anything about Christianity then it would have been a great movie. Because it may mislead some, I cannot give it a good rating.
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Schmidt's Fudge_HausReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Awesome Movie.. Moving Love this this as I can relate. Heavenly Angels
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My Heart and Prayers are for Hospice and all those related to such people. I fell in love with movie. I too have had experience caretakers really being involved with family and watching this movie was so real. It is amazing that she was able to work with this one client to go bac and ask forgiveness for things in the pass to make right before we pass. This caretaker did just that and then to find out even more about the man is caring for. Enjoy this movie and also to all those apart of Hospice, thank you for all that you do for all those you become involved with. You truly are "Earthy Angels""!!!!
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