Texas farm girl Rebecca Crownover’s true-life story is told in the ‘My Daddy is in Heaven‘ movie that is now available on DVD and tells the compelling true story of Becca and her daughter, Acie, as they struggle with the loss of Adam, Becca’s husband and Acie’s father. Becca, Adam, and their 5-year-old daughter Acie are a happy family, until a tragic accident during a 4th of July celebration kills Adam. As she struggles with the grieving process, Becca leaves her family farm and all its reminders of the life she once had.
Leaving Acie (Riley St. John, One Mississippi) with her grandfather Rick, Becca (portrayed by Princess Cut actress Jenn Gotzon Chandlery) visits with her old friend from school, June (Jill Morrison, The Sweetest Christmas). Her friend offers Becca plenty of distractions from her shattered family life. But instead, Becca loses her faith and is fueled by anger at God. She starts drinking heavily and making other self-destructive choices. She narrowly escapes an assault and is arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct before some divine encounters guide her in a better direction.
The DVD, My Daddy Is In Heaven, is based on Rebecca’s life story and first book. It features Jenn Gotzon Chandler, Corbin Bernsen (LA Law, Psych), and T.C. Stallings (War Room).
Author Rebecca Crownover, is a Texas farm girl who as a single mom and only parent is a Best-Selling and Award-Winning Children’s Book Author. She uses her life experiences to inspire children and their parents through her writing. Her published work includes four children’s book. Rebecca started as a children’s book author when she wrote and published My Daddy Is In Heaven With Jesus, as a book to help children find comfort after losing a parent. From there, she created the brand and children’s book series, Texas Farm Girl, to educate, entertain, and inspire children through life lessons in farming.
Sonoma Christian Home had the pleasure of talking with Rebecca Crownover. SCH Editor at Large Dr. Diane Howard reports.
SCH: What do you think is central and unique in the film My Daddy is in Heaven?
RC: It is a true story about the loss of my husband in 2009. It displays honest, raw emotions of loss; however, it shows how someone can go full circle from tragedy to triumph.
SCH: How is the film helpful to all ages who have lost someone?
RC: It is helpful for children and adults coping with loss. It shows how they can turn away during trials but can come back full circle to triumph.
SCH: What do you hope audiences will come to understand in seeing the film?
RC: I hope it will encourage audiences to be open to God’s plan and to see that He is on our side. I hope audiences with see that we may fall and even be broken, but we can move forward.
SCH: How do you hope it will affect audiences emotionally?
RC: It was a tough decision to honestly tell my story, but I wanted to inspire audiences to see and feel that purpose can come out of tough tragedies.
SCH: What have you learned about how people experience grief and loss?
RC: I have learned that we all grieve differently and that what is important is a daily walk with God and releasing all to Him.
SCH: Are there lessons in the film about all kinds of losses?
RC: With whatever kind of losses we may experience, we can go forward and circle back.
SCH: Are there lessons in the film about how to relate to someone who is dealing with loss and grief?
RC: It is important not to say to someone dealing with loss that you know how they feel. Ask them what they are feeling and have experienced. You can tell them that you are praying for them.
SCH: What have you learned about God in loss and grief?
RC: God’s promises and believing in His plan have gotten me through all this. I have learned that many doors with open when we live with His plan. He says in Jeremiah 29:11 “ ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’ “
SCH: What kind of life lessons do you teach children through your books?
RC: My books entertain, educate, and inspire through farming. For example, that fact that we reap what we sow is an important life lesson.
SCH: How have children responded to your work?
RC: One little boy had lost his father and didn’t want to talk about it. He became withdrawn, wouldn’t talk, and isolated. When he read my work, he understood that he was not alone.
From Texas to Los Angeles, Rebecca has been featured in National Farming Magazines; in Forbes magazine in America’s Premier Experts, Forecasts and Strategies, on Health, Wealth, and Success; on William Shatner’s National TV program where she received an award by Retired Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney for being an innovative entrepreneur in helping move America forward through the Texas Farm Girl series, and more. Rebecca is an AGvocate in educating kids and those who follow her about agriculture. She also inspires others through her life story.
She farms full time as partner and owner of Lone Star Family Farms, a Texas Panhandle grain production farm that operates over 50,000 acres. To learn more about Lone Star Family Farms, see Lone Star Family Farms. To learn more about Rebecca, see Rebecca Crownover .
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