….During a Q&A, Garner admitted that Los Angeles, her current home, is a difficult place to openly discuss faith.
“[Faith] has become very political,” she said. “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.’”
But, she stressed, this movie was different: people would discuss faith on set constantly. Besides that, the film itself normalizes faith.
“[I]t’s a normal, wonderful family who happened to have leaned on their faith, to guide them through the hardest thing in their lives,” Garner pressed.
Those aspects of the film led her and her family back to church.
I will say that being around this community, and while I’ve always gone to church back home in West Virginia, when we got back to Los Angeles… I was talking to my kids about the movie and they said, ‘Mom, you don’t take us to church,’ and we went that Sunday, and we – they went today without me. I mean, they – that, that decision – and that was a direct gift from this movie and so, for that, I’m very grateful.
Garner wanted a part in the film as soon as she read Beam’s best-selling memoir, the movie’s inspiration.
“I stayed awake all night after reading Miracles from Heaven,” Garner told People magazine last year. “There was something about this family, this mother and daughter, and this telling of the story that I felt I just had to be a part of.” …