Resurrection Hope

Freda Emmons

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GENRE

RELIGIOUS

    Core Theme

    REALIZING YOUR DESTINY

    TIME PERIOD

    The Future

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    LEFT BEHIND, HEAVEN IS REAL, THE MATRIX, BRAVE NEW WORLD

    CHARACTER LIST

    SARAH: 60. LEAD. DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL, SHE ADAPTS EASILY AND COMPLETELY TO HER NEW HOME IN HEAVEN.

    PAUL: 60. SARAH'S HUSBAND.

    KETURAEL: AGE UNKNOWN. SARAH'S GUARDIAN ANGEL.

    WAYNE: 50S-60S. AN OLD FRIEND OF SARAH'S WHO HELPED HER UNDERSTAND THE WORD OF GOD.

    LILA: 60S. A CHILDHOOD FRIEND WHO HELPED PROTECT SARAH FROM HER VIOLENT UPBRINGING.

    GOD: AGE UNKNOWABLE. HE WELCOMES SARAH TO HEAVEN AND ANSWERS ALL HER QUESTIONS.

    Logline

    Sarah's morning activities seemed quite ordinary, but on this day, the divine invaded the mundane. Today, the eternal transformed Sarah's very existence; resurrection morning fulfilled every hope that reverberated deep in her soul.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 35-54

    Target Gender: Female leaning,Female Leaning

    Setting

    Begins in a local neighborhood home and park. The story then moves on to the rapture, clouds, sky, space, and Heaven. At the very end, back to Earth, Jerusalem, the Valley of Megido.

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Kindle Direct

    Year Published: 2014

    Starting Description

    Sarah is in her everyday routine, when her life is taken out of the mundane and into the miraculous. She begins a new life, into the new realm of experiencing Heaven.

    Ending Description

    Sarah and all the believers in Heaven accompany Jesus back to Earth and witness Jesus' overcoming power at the battle of Armageddon. They then accompany Jesus back to Jerusalem, into a time of peace.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    9781548299583

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Voyage and Return

    Main Character Details

    Name: Sarah

    Age: 60

    Gender: Female

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Adventurous, Heroic, Visionary, Strong Moral Code, Educated, Engaging, Flexible, Gracious, Honorable, Aspiring, Empathetic, Faithful, Perseverance, Religious, Selfless,Engaging,Faithful,Honorable,Leader,Gracious,Religious,Confident,Visionary

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Paul

    Age: 60

    Gender: Male

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Visionary, Adventurous, Confident, Leader, Masculine, Selfless, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Charming, Faithful, Honorable, Religious,Masculine,Complex,Confident,Charming,Religious,Empathetic,Faithful,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: included in the story are Sarah's 3 children, 1 granddaughter, and several friends.

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    Development Pitch

    Resurrection Hope provides a fascinating story built around Sarah and her family and friends; the real story is the far-reaching exploration of experiencing life beyond Earth. From the earliest moments of Sarah meeting the angel that cared for her all of her life, this book offers the miraculous as the new experience of life. Alternating scenes of exploring heaven, experiencing worship, and reading "Angel Story" provide insight into humanity, Sarah's own past of suffering, continuing healing, and restoration of relationships. It is a story steeped in creativity, fun details, profoundly intense experiences, and has the potential of a truly entertaining film adaptation.

    Genre

    RELIGION

    Brief

    Sarah is going about her morning rituals including reading her devotional to spend time with God. This day she is visited by an angel and taken to Heaven with the rest of the Christians. She marvels at her new life in Heaven and being in the presence of God. Sarah meets family, learns about creation and the history of angels until Jesus returns to Earth to defeat the Devil at Armageddon.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: FAIR

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The Book Profile does accurately reflect the book but could be more detailed. The majority of the book takes place in Heaven but the profile focuses on the very first chapter.

    Draw of Story

    The story has an extremely positive tone. Sarah lives a wonderful life with her husband. She is a Christian and finds peace in her relationship with God. The topic of the rapture from the perspective of someone taken to Heaven has not been seen often. It was refreshing to see.

    Possible Drawbacks

    The book is overly happy. Sarah leads a happy life on Earth and then goes to Heaven where there is no pain or strife. It is Heaven and everything is amazing there. She basks in God's glory and gets answers to all her questions. Sarah is able to reconnect with her parents and friends. Even when Jesus takes humanity back to Earth to fight the Devil and the Antichrist, it is from Sarah's perspective. Sarah is in awe of the angels who easy destroy the Devils army. It all ends well. There is no conflict in this story. It is an imagining of an event where the ending is victorious.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The hook is that Sarah is taken to Heaven in the rapture. The audience sees as she begins her eternal life with God. It follows the events of Revelation, in the Bible, which hasn't been portrayed before. It does not have that "end of the world" movie feel. It is about new beginnings.

    Fanbase Potential

    This is a very niche film. There are a growing amount of faith-based films so this would have an audience. Unlike some of those films, it would reach across all sects of Christianity and Catholicism.

    Awards Potential

    This could have awards potential because the story has room for artistic expression. The idea of Heaven, visually, could be open for many interpretations. The story ,as is, does not conflict or character development.

    Envisioned Budget

    LARGE BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    LEFT BEHIND, HEAVEN IS REAL, THE MATRIX, BRAVE NEW WORLD

    What’s New About the Story

    The story is original because it follows Sarah going to Heaven during the Rapture. Previously, we see those who were left behind but not those who go first. Sarah explores Heaven, gains answers and lives pain free until all of humanity returns to Earth. The concept is similar to many sci-fi films about other dimensions but this is rooted in Christianity and builds on many people's upbringings.

    Lead Characters

    The lead character stands out in her optimism and joy. She starts off as a happy woman, in love with her husband and grateful for what God has given her. It is magnified as she finds herself flying through space, towards Heaven and her many experiences after.

    Uniqueness of Story

    This is a rare gem because of the religion it is pulling from. It can be difficult to tackle the subject matter because of the complexities of Christianity but it is done in a respectful way. It may not translate to the screen as well.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Brief

    Sarah's morning activities seemed quite ordinary, but on this day, the divine invaded the mundane. Today, the eternal transformed Sarah's very existence; Resurrection Morning fulfilled every hope that reverberated deep in her soul, as she is taken up to Heaven and shown her new home.

    What We Liked

    Sarah's journey in this story is as fantastic as it gets, and it's fun to experience it with her. From sitting on a park bench to sitting next to God himself in Heaven, she finally experiences the fruits of her lifetime of devotion. Every sight and sound holds wonders, not to mention the cast of luminaries she interacts with. The reunions with her family and friends are full of joyful emotion, and the fight against Satan is exciting - and will be great visually - as will most of this story.

    Resurrection Hope would make a visually sumptuous film, and with suspension of disbelief, it would also be emotionally compelling. Everyone dreams of Heaven at one point or another, but this film would show, not tell. The scenes would be lavish spectacles that belong on a big screen. The lead character's journey is epic, and her emotions are at their zenith as she discovers the wonders of the universe and revisits tough times during her life.

    Key points: The afterlife; Amazing visuals; An empathetic lead; Fantasies come true; True love

    Synopsis

    Sarah, 60, reflects on her family as she cooks breakfast for husband Paul, 60. They have three adult children, John, Mark, and Linda. She thinks about how much better her day is when it starts off with prayer. She turns on an oldies station and the music reminds her of the good times and the horrible times of her own childhood. There was violence in her childhood home. She thinks about how she has used food as a comfort her whole life. In an outing, she sits on a bench in a park and watches squirrels before going over the passage from her Bible study that week. She then writes down how to put the scripture into action - tell a friend and make a sign that reminds her of the message. She then imagines her face in the hands of God and is overcome with emotion. She then sees and hears strange things and realizes that she is being caught up in what people have called the rapture. Her body feels rejuvenated and there is no pain. A glorious angel introduces itself to her - she is Keturael. Sarah sees all of her relatives and friends being taken into the air by angels as well, it’s a big celebration. She sees Paul ascend, His angel is named Guiriel. Sarah notices that some people on the ground are baffled by the piles of clothes that now lay where each person used to be. Sarah’s new focus is flying through space with her angel, toward Heaven.

    They all come to a palatial hall, where Jesus shows each of them their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Sarah hugs him. They then go into an adjoining room filled with food. Out in a courtyard, Sarah imagines what her dream home looks like, and Keturael takes her to it. God welcomes to her new heavenly abode. He explains there are no bedrooms or bathrooms because sleep and elimination aren’t needed. Sarah walks through the gold streets and notices flowers and precious stones of all kinds, including some she’s never seen. She’s invited to go to the Throne Room of God, where she sees Father God and Jesus on their thrones with gold crowns and precious jewels. On the walls are writings from the scripture. A river of water flows through the immense room. 24 additional thrones surround God and Jesus, and as Sarah wonders to whom they belong, The Spirit tells her that these are the faithful elders who held the testimony of Christ and His love in their lives. They all wear crowns which they present to Jesus, as they sing.

    Sarah finds Paul, who asks her to walk in a garden with him. They marvel at everything and express their happiness that they will continue in relationship with each other. They no longer feel romantic feelings for each other, but have a tenderness for each other, as brother and sister. Sarah visits Paul’s home, and their three children and granddaughter show up to see it, as well. They all tell each other where they were when the shift into the rapture happened. Then they visit each of each other’s homes, astonished at their beauty and perfection. Even Sarah’s five year-old granddaughter, Pearl, has her own house and she tells them God told she would grow up quicker here. Everyone goes on their own, to explore Heaven. Sarah is visited by her angel, Keturael, who brings her a book of her own life, wrapped in a scarf, entitled, “Angel Story.” Sarah begins to read, and learns about the creation and purpose of angels and how they see God. Keturael then writes of Lucifer and how he rebelled and then was cast out with the other angels who followed him. God asks Sarah if she’d like to attend a family reunion and she says yes and is instantly with thousands of her relatives, including her mom who used to be paralyzed by a stroke. Jesus visits, and they sing to Him. Sarah goes home and back to her book. Her angel writes that she is awed by God’s creations, and bears witness to His creativity. Many of the deep questions about humanity are dealt with. Sarah sets aside the book and goes outside. She is soon swept up in an all-of-creation musical tribute to God, and together they experience worship unlike ever before. She meets up with her family, and they learn about new spiritual abilities. Joining together in one of them, they all travel back in time to watch Jesus being born. Back in Heaven, they share with each other their new interests and how God has increased their talents. More singing and dancing breaks out in the streets, this time with King David leading the crowd. Jesus comes to join him as they all dance into the throne room and Jesus and God sing to each other. Back home, Sarah reads more of “Angel Story,” and learns about her life from her guardian angel’s perspective. The death of Sarah’s older brother as a child is explained. Sarah spends time with her father, who had found God later in life and is grateful for the forgiveness of his horrible sins. She attends a mother’s reunion luncheon hosted by Jesus and Mary, where women are reunited with the children they lost. Sarah meets the baby she was forced to abort when she was a teen, who was conceived out of rape. Sarah then gets a personal audience with God, who explains why suffering exists.

    Sarah explores Heaven in flight with the Spirit as her guide. She runs into a friend from home, Wayne. They explore a veritable zoo where none of the animals are dangerous and they all want to play. They ride a creature called Dino who is twice the size of “earth-lore” dinosaurs. She reconnects with her childhood friend Lila. Sarah visits with Keturael, asking her about some of the times she wondered if the angel may have protected her - like when Sarah almost got into car accidents. Keturael confirms to Sarah that she was there, as were other angels. She tells Sarah how Sarah’s prayers summoned angels to protect their son from a demonic attack. Keturael shows Sarah how to see the spiritual meaning of historical events that she witnesses. Sarah goes outside for a walk and converses with a squirrel, reaffirming her love of animals. Then she meets the apostle Paul and they bond on their past suffering. At The Marriage Supper of the Lamb, Jesus reaffirms his devotion with humanity. Then Jesus lets in scores of horses, in armor and gems, and invites them to all go back to Earth. Sarah goes home to find a riding outfit and returns to meet her horse, Skatira. They all ride to the valley of Megiddo, with an angel, Sendel-phenel carrying a huge chain that was spun from a giant spider who lives deep under the River of Life. Back on Earth, after Jesus dispatches those who oppose Him, the angels surround Satan and his hordes with the chain and Jesus casts them into the lake of fire, where they will spend the next thousand years.

    About The Author

    Freda experienced physical and sexual abuse throughout her childhood. She was broken and confused for years. As a young woman, she sought counseling for 12 years. When she began to grow in her Christian faith, she realized the depth of healing in the words of the Bible. She then combined tiny steps of healing with those comforting Scriptures and wrote Flame of Healing: A Daily Journey of Healing from Abuse and Trauma, a devotional with a journal, for in-depth, personal healing. Flame of Healing is helping people in several countries to heal from deep emotional pain from abuse and trauma. Freda is foremost a child of God, but also a wife of 43 years, mother of three adult children, and a grandmother of one. Her second book is Resurrection Hope. This novel sparked something very special and has grown to be a series; the second is Millennial Hope, which focuses on life during the Millennial Reign of Christ back on Earth. The final novel in the series will be available soon, Eternal Hope, focusing on living eternally in the Presence of the Triune God, the Father, Son, and Spirit. Freda is becoming a prolific writer; she regularly contributes to a blog at www.goodsamaritanministries.org. She has also penned a booklet, Creative Writing, as an Extension of Listening Prayer and is planning another non-fiction book about spiritual maturity and spiritual warfare experienced through the strength of that maturity.