As a mom to a chronically ill child, I know the battle of fighting for your kid. Christy Beam, the author of the book Miracles from Heaven, shares her family’s story about how her young daughter Annabelle fights for her life, and how Christy fights to keep her faith.
One of the main reasons I was excited to go to the Miracles from Heaven press junket was because I would get to meet Christy. For over four years, we lived in our own personal version of hell when we couldn’t figure out why our daughter Bayla was sick. We even moved to Minnesota to go to the Mayo Clinic to try and get answers. We met doctors that thought it was this or that, and we met doctors with God complexes. It was disheartening and exhausting, and it was so easy to lose hope.
Christy shared with us that the reason she wanted to share her family’s story was so that others realize just how important faith is. She wasn’t just talking about her Christian faith, she’s talking about faith in the small miracles that are all around us. When life is hard, it’s easy to lose sight of the small miracles that happen. The love and support of family and friends can be hard to see, but it’s also those small miracles that are what hold you together during the darkest times.
It was such a pleasure to meet Christy, and it was so interesting to hear what she thought about writing the book, working with Jennifer Garner, and how the movie turned out. Here’s some highlights from our interview.
Miracles from Heaven is About Hope
What made you decide to share your story? I thought it was a cathartic thing for healing because I needed it. The plan was so much bigger and it was so beyond me. As it started to grow and catch on and … I realized that the story had to be shared. It was something that was given to encourage and inspire others.
What do you hope people take away after watching Miracles from Heaven? I love the message that miracles around you and they are happening daily. I want people to leave with new lenses in their eyes to see things differently – to have a better hope and inspiration and they are encouraged by it. When I was going through such darkness and trial and struggle I just kept my head down, put one foot in front of the other and got through it. I look back and I see all those miracles that were happening and I missed them. I feel like had I not missed them, they would have been such messages of hope to inspire and propel me forward without me having to do it by gritting my teeth. That’s what I want other people to walk away recognizing those things are going on around them that can propel them and give them the hope and inspiration they need.
What was it like working with Jennifer Garner? We had so many good face-to-face moments together and talks. We related as mothers. We were fast friends. She had read the book and had highlighted it and underlined it and dog-eared it and just read it so many times. That is when I knew it would be ok because she wanted to know as much as she could know. She poured through the script. She poured through the book. Then she poured back through the script and then back through the book and asked some really great questions. Before they would do a scene she would call me and say, “Ok, we’re fixin’ to do the blah-blah-blah scene. What would have done during that time?” She wanted to know everything. It was genuine.
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