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Jennifer Garner’s Kids Called Her Out on Not Taking Them to Church—& Her Response Is Crazy Powerful

Posted on February 25, 2016  Kelsey Straeter

Jennifer Garner may have grown up in church, but she admits it’s a habit that has fallen by the wayside since she got to Hollywood. However, her lead role in the movie “Miracles From Heaven” is bringing her back to her roots.

“I grew up going to church every Sunday of my life, and when I did move to L.A., it wasn’t something that was just part of the culture in the same way, at least in my life,” Garner said after the movie’s premiere. “But it didn’t mean that I lost who I was.”

She was raised in the faith, but her family was never very vocal about it—and once she hit Tinseltown, the idea of speaking about God was even further silenced.

“It’s made me really look at my town of Los Angeles and realize we don’t talk about faith,” said Garner. “It is not a conversation that we have between takes on set. On this movie it was.”

“If you’re a person of faith, you are so on the outside that there’s no way to bridge to somebody that’s normal,” she added.

That’s what Garner loves most about this movie. It’s enabled her to speak openly about her faith and connect more closely with the “normal” people in Christian America, which is a culture so far removed from the political aura of Hollywood. It’s truly been a breathe of fresh air for the actress.

“There was something about doing this film and talking to my kids about it and realizing that they were looking for the structure of church every Sunday,” said Garner. “So it was a great gift of this film that it took us back to finding our local Methodist church and going every Sunday. It’s really sweet.”

Garner admitted, “I was talking to my kids about the movie, and they said ‘Mom, you don’t take us to church.‘”

It was something that hit her hard. Sometimes the boldest truth comes out of the mouths of babes.

“We went that Sunday,” she replied immediately, “and they went today without me.”

“That decision, that was a direct gift from this movie, so for that I’m very grateful,” she told the press.

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Turtletwo, do you know what the movie is about?

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16 minutes ago, Debp said:

Turtletwo, do you know what the movie is about?

I've not seen it. (Fidei defensor recommended it.) But I did check online about the plot. It is about a Christian family. One of the daughters gets an incurable, painful illness. The mother (played by Jennifer Garner) goes through a lot with the doctors being less than helpful. She struggles in her faith, but God helps her and her husband through this.

Then...well :)let's just say that a "miracle from Heaven" happens next. I won't spoil the plot for you in case you rent it. I peeked online and accidentally found out. No warning of a spoiler alert. Oh well.

It looks like an excellent movie and it is a true story. If you rent it, please write back on my thread and let me know how you like it. Okay? I think it is cool the impact it made on both Jennifer and her kids. God bless. :)

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I wonder if that is the true story of a little girl who was climbing a tree and she fell headfirst down inside of the rotted tree....she fell on her head so got injured.  But she saw and heard Jesus when this event happened to her, and Jesus told her she would be ok.    I think I read this story in Reader's Digest some years back.  It was a miracle.

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5 hours ago, Debp said:

I wonder if that is the true story of a little girl who was climbing a tree and she fell headfirst down inside of the rotted tree....she fell on her head so got injured.  But she saw and heard Jesus when this event happened to her, and Jesus told her she would be ok.    I think I read this story in Reader's Digest some years back.  It was a miracle.

It's possible. I know that the mother wrote the book that resulted in the movie. 

Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing Paperback – February 23, 2016

by Christy Wilson Beam  (Author)
 
 
 
 

'Turtle's take' :laugh:on it? I think it is exciting that a talented actress like Jennifer Garner is doing worthwhile movies...especially at a time when choices of anything fit to watch are so few. We live in corrupt times. So this was a rare treat for 2016.

Here is a well written summary of the plot- :teeth_smile:minus the spoilers:

  • MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

  • Based on the true story of the Beam family from Burleson, Texas. When 10 year-old Anna is diagnosed with an incurable digestive motility disorder that threatens her life, the entire family's faith is tested. Discouraged by naysayers, aka: "friends of Job," Mrs. Beam finds her own faith slipping away. Young Anna tries to stay strong, but even reaches the point of despair. And just when it seems that all hope is lost, the miraculous happens, restoring everyone's faith and bringing new faith to others.

  • 10 year old godly Annabel lives a normal life with her father Kevin, Mother Christy, and sisters Abbie and Adelynn, until she suddenly becomes ill with a very rare disease that makes her unable to process food. She and her mother travel to the Boston Children's Hospital to try to search for ways to treat her sweet daughters sickness. While at the same time, Christy's faith slips away as does Annabel's. But after an incredible freak accident, and an encounter with the almighty God, Annabel and her family amaze and inspire the people around them.

    pheebsy
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8 hours ago, turtletwo said:

It's possible. I know that the mother wrote the book that resulted in the movie. 

Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing Paperback – February 23, 2016

by Christy Wilson Beam  (Author)
 
 
 
 
 
 

'Turtle's take' :laugh:on it? I think it is exciting that a talented actress like Jennifer Garner is doing worthwhile movies...especially at a time when choices of anything fit to watch are so few. We live in corrupt times. So this was a rare treat for 2016.

Here is a well written summary of the plot- :teeth_smile:minus the spoilers:

  • MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

  • Based on the true story of the Beam family from Burleson, Texas. When 10 year-old Anna is diagnosed with an incurable digestive motility disorder that threatens her life, the entire family's faith is tested. Discouraged by naysayers, aka: "friends of Job," Mrs. Beam finds her own faith slipping away. Young Anna tries to stay strong, but even reaches the point of despair. And just when it seems that all hope is lost, the miraculous happens, restoring everyone's faith and bringing new faith to others.

  • 10 year old godly Annabel lives a normal life with her father Kevin, Mother Christy, and sisters Abbie and Adelynn, until she suddenly becomes ill with a very rare disease that makes her unable to process food. She and her mother travel to the Boston Children's Hospital to try to search for ways to treat her sweet daughters sickness. While at the same time, Christy's faith slips away as does Annabel's. But after an incredible freak accident, and an encounter with the almighty God, Annabel and her family amaze and inspire the people around them.

    pheebsy

Oh yes, that is the story...she was ill but received healing after seeing and hearing Jesus...after falling inside of the rotted tree.

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Miracles from Heaven, starring Jennifer Garner is one of the best Christian films. I recommend it to everyone. I especially recommend it to those in a hard patch in their faith walk and to those who in the church have critical edge (this is addressed in the movie). A must see. 

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