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 the inspirational story of unconditional love.
In A Time for Heaven, we are asked to consider the possibility of being vulnerable in our faith lives. In a largely secularized world, this is a tricky task and a lot to ask of some. It is not so simple as sharing your faith with another; it is equally a matter of receiving it.When Julie (Julie Van Lith) promotes her faith in Christ with patient Mr. Mitchell (Mitch Etter), it is not so hard for her. In fact, it is satisfying in how she weaves faith and work into one as a nurse to her dying patient. Yet Mr. Mitchell is an atheist, and intially their relationship is like oil and water. With time, patience, and persistence, Julie befriends Mr. Mitchell and even becomes more in ways that shouldn’t be spoiled. A Time for Heaven does a steady job of keeping its faith elements at bay. Undoubtedly there is strong, unavoidable content involving Christlike adherence to loving and caring for another. For a secular audience, this may prove heavy-handed in some ways. As the story intersects into a whole, some of the narrative cleans up a little to neatly and well. But with a Christian audience in mind, the film works on many encouraging levels. The way Julie builds relationships with others around her, even with the trials taking place during her watch over Mr. Mitchell, will prove inspiring for a multitude of viewers. Even if the end does come together too cleanly, it certainly communicates forgiveness over the course of a lifetime, something we could all see and adhere to. Dove is proud to award A Time for Heaven its Approval for All Ages.