Film about near-death experience has San Diego tie

EL CAJON, Calif. - A movie about a child and his near-death experience is becoming widely popular across the world.

The movie is based on a true story of a child who says he has been to heaven. It was adapted from the novel, "Heaven is For Real," which was written by San Diego-area author Lynn Vincent.

"All people, of all faiths or none, want to know what happens when we die and I think that's the reason for the popularity of the book," said Vincent.

In the movie and book, 3-year-old Colton Burpo, from Imperial, Nebraska knows about events that have happened before he was born.

In a clip from the movie, Colton's mother says, "Honey, who told you I had a baby die in my tummy?"

Colton replies, "When I was in Heaven, this little girl came up to me and she told me she died in your tummy."

Vincent says that at first, the family was hesitant about sharing their story in a novel.

But after a few years, they were convinced by a pastor, who then contacted the publisher.

"These are salt-of-the-earth people, to hear their story and to spend time with them was really affirming," said Vincent.

She says it is an inspiring story that she hopes will impact others like it does her.

"It's helped me look at life, not as this life and the next life, but just one long life with a little doorway in between," Vincent said.

The DVD released last week is No. 1 in DVD sales and movie rentals. The book has also returned to the No. 1 spot on the "New York Times" bestsellers list.

Vincent says she sold movie rights to the book and does not get any of the $91 million revenue brought in by the income.

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