A little boy has a near-death experience and claims that he visited heaven. Colton is a four-year-old boy who on the operating table experiences life after death, and comes back with tales from his visit to heaven. Colton's dad, Todd is a pastor, who is also working other jobs to support his family, wife Sonja and daughter Cassie. They live in a small town in Nebraska. Their lives make a dramatic turn when after a trip out of state, Colton's appendix bursts. He is taken to the E.R. and is in critical condition. His family is alerted that he might not make it. Sonja starts a prayer brigade, while Todd prays in the hospital chapel, venting his anger to God. Against all odds, Colton miraculously survives the operation and is in stable condition.
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The family moves into their normal routine, however, Colton tells his dad that on the operating table, he saw himself rise out of his body and saw both his parents in separate rooms. He accurately describes that his mom was on the phone crying, while his dad was shouting at God. Colton also tells him that he saw heaven, saw and heard the angels, and even met Jesus. Colton's parents find this amusing at first, but when Colton acts dead serious about his claims, they start to think he is making this up. Colton stands by his story, which interestingly enough checks out with some details of heaven described in the Bible. The town takes notice, some find this fodder for entertainment, some believe him, while some resent such accusations. Todd even goes as far as consulting a psychologist, who tells him to find out the motive behind his "stories." Todd's good friend from church advises him to keep things in check, since this whole thing could confuse the churchgoers. The family feels a little persecuted, and Cassie is made fun of in school.
The family struggles with the newfound interest in them, but things become clearer. Colton's tells his dad that he met his great grandfather. When Todd shows him a picture, Colton says that the man he saw was younger. Todd then digs up an earlier photo of "Pop" and sure enough Colton confirms that it was the same man he met. Colton also recounts meeting his "sister that died in mommy's tummy," surprising Sonya since Colton never knew about the miscarried baby girl she had before him. The family stands behind Colton and his story, coming to terms with it as a true miracle.
Colton touches the lives of other townsfolk because of his story of hope. The movie ends with Colton watching a girl on TV who painted a portrait of Jesus. She also claims she visited heaven. Colton tells her family that it was the same Jesus he saw while he was up there.
Best scene in story:
Colton matter-of-factly talks about Pop, the kind man he met who is his dad's grandpa. And in this story he explains that there are no old or sick people in heaven, they all look young.