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Between Heaven & Hollywood is David’s
inspirational journey from the wheat fields of his Mennonite home
outside of Dodge City Kansas, to the bright lights of Los Angeles. This
story of perseverance will assure you that your dreams aren’t
frivolous. They might be the most important part of your
life. 

White has starred in more than twenty-five movies and
produced forty films, including the blockbuster God’s Not
Dead
. He serves as a Managing Partner of Pure Flix, the largest
faith-based movie studio in the world. With his signature wit and
sidesplitting hilarity, David’s story of faithfulness, grounded in
the biblical truth that no dream is too big for God, will inspire you
to relentlessly pursue your dreams, and in the process, bring the
reality of God’s kingdom a little closer to the here and
now. 

God has planted a dream in your heart that is both
unique to you and essential to the world. White reminds us that there is
no one too common, too uneducated, too poor, too inexperienced, or too
broken that he or she cannot be used by God.


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Reviews for Between Heaven and Hollywood: Chasing Your God-Given Dream:

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Mar 13, 2020

I enjoyed reading about Davids journey in Hollywood and his spiritual journey as well. This book is excellent encouragement for anyone who believes God has given them a dream (or a calling), including plenty of warnings about how not to get lost along the way. I enjoyed reading about David’s journey in Hollywood and his spiritual journey as well. This book is excellent encouragement for anyone who believes God has given them a dream (or a calling), including plenty of warnings about how not to get lost along the way. ...more
5

Sep 19, 2017

When I saw that David A. R. White had written a book, I just knew I had to get it. I wanted it for two reasons. Because it's:

1. written by David A. R. White and I really like his movies.
2. about chasing your God-given dreams.

This book is so good! David A. R. White talks about how to go about pursuing your God-given dreams and how to know if they are actually God-given dreams or just your own dreams.
In this book he also talks about his life and his journey to Hollywood. This was especially fun When I saw that David A. R. White had written a book, I just knew I had to get it. I wanted it for two reasons. Because it's:

1. written by David A. R. White and I really like his movies.
2. about chasing your God-given dreams.

This book is so good! David A. R. White talks about how to go about pursuing your God-given dreams and how to know if they are actually God-given dreams or just your own dreams.
In this book he also talks about his life and his journey to Hollywood. This was especially fun since I really didn't know much about him before reading this book. It was fun to see how he went from growing up as a Mennonite in Kansas to acting and making movies. He went on to talk about getting to Hollywood and his early days there, making his first movie, meeting his wife, and lots of other things all while helping you figure out your dreams. It was also fun to see how Pure Flix was started and what their first movie was. I learned a lot of fun facts about David A. R. White's movies and I also learned how to tell if my dreams are God-given ones. 

David A. R. White is also really funny and this book definitely had me laughing several times. "Between Heaven and Hollywood" is such a great book and definitely one that I would highly recommend. 

One quote that I especially like is from p.128 and it says: "A God-given dream is a persistent and clinging thing that will not be wiped from your heart."
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5

Oct 21, 2016

Some of you may know, but I was chosen to be a part of the launch group for this book. What an honor!! I can't even tell you how excited I was. I've been such a fan of this guy for YEARS; love his movies, love his ministry. So to be a part of this book launch was seriously a HUGE deal for me. Anyway, here's my review: READ THIS BOOK. Seriously. If you've ever had a dream and found yourself floundering, this book is for you. If you've ever had a dream and given up, this book is for you. If you're Some of you may know, but I was chosen to be a part of the launch group for this book. What an honor!! I can't even tell you how excited I was. I've been such a fan of this guy for YEARS; love his movies, love his ministry. So to be a part of this book launch was seriously a HUGE deal for me. Anyway, here's my review: READ THIS BOOK. Seriously. If you've ever had a dream and found yourself floundering, this book is for you. If you've ever had a dream and given up, this book is for you. If you're not sure you've realized what your dream is, this book is for you. Basically, this book is for you, regardless. :P ...David writes with such humor and realness; there's nothing fake or "churchy" about his message. He writes what he has learned on his journey to follow God, and nothing about it comes off as preachy; it's real life and real faith. I was deeply inspired by this book, and my respect for David only went higher (which I hadn't realized was possible!). I HIGHLY recommend this book. ...more
5

Oct 21, 2016

If you are thinking about buying this book, DO IT!!! You will not regret it! This book has truly changed me! I know it is a cliché, but it is true!

This book is well written and easy to read. You will feel like you are sitting across the table from David, talking as friends would. As he walks us down the path of his life, you will start to journey into your own. You will examine the things you have been through and how God put them there on purpose. You will look deep into your heart and see If you are thinking about buying this book, DO IT!!! You will not regret it! This book has truly changed me! I know it is a cliché, but it is true!

This book is well written and easy to read. You will feel like you are sitting across the table from David, talking as friends would. As he walks us down the path of his life, you will start to journey into your own. You will examine the things you have been through and how God put them there on purpose. You will look deep into your heart and see what dream God has placed inside you and how you can use it to serve our Lord. David uses his experiences to give you knowledge and guidance for whatever stage of your dream path you are in.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone and everyone! Grow closer to God and learn what His will is for you in this life!
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Oct 25, 2016

I had seen David A. White in movies and was excited to be selected to receive an early copy of his book, Between Heaven and Hollywood. However, I had no idea whether or not the author really had a story to tell or how well he could convey it if he did. Well, I need not have worried! Between Heaven and Hollywood is a masterfully written, compelling story that touches every emotion. One minute I was laughing as David shared a funny story from his life, but the next moment I was shedding a tear and I had seen David A. White in movies and was excited to be selected to receive an early copy of his book, Between Heaven and Hollywood. However, I had no idea whether or not the author really had a story to tell or how well he could convey it if he did. Well, I need not have worried! Between Heaven and Hollywood is a masterfully written, compelling story that touches every emotion. One minute I was laughing as David shared a funny story from his life, but the next moment I was shedding a tear and contemplating my own walk with God. This book is one of those rare gems you don’t want to put down as it is a sheer joy to read. It is a wonderful reminder that, although our dreams may differ greatly, we all have a God-given plan for our life, and we need to listen prayerfully for his guidance as we seek it. I highly recommend Between Heaven and Hollywood for personal reading and also as a wonderful gift to bless someone with this holiday season – or for no occasion at all! ...more
5

Oct 08, 2016

As part of the launch team, I was given the opportunity to read this book before release. Not only has this book already started making a difference in my thinking and my life, but while reading, God was placing the names of people (some of whom I only have a brief acquaintance with) in my heart, that I need to give this book to (not just recommend it to them). Other than the Bible, there has never been a book I have wanted to buy and put into the hands of everyone who can read ... Until now. As part of the launch team, I was given the opportunity to read this book before release. Not only has this book already started making a difference in my thinking and my life, but while reading, God was placing the names of people (some of whom I only have a brief acquaintance with) in my heart, that I need to give this book to (not just recommend it to them). Other than the Bible, there has never been a book I have wanted to buy and put into the hands of everyone who can read ... Until now. Just like Brother White's movies, God is going to use this book to reach and change many! ...more
5

Oct 24, 2016


I had the privilege of being on the launch team for David A.R. White's book Between Heaven and Hollywood which means I was one of a group of individuals who were able to gain access to this book before anyone else. We were to read this book and then submit reviews for it. So here goes. This book is interesting in that it is like a combination of a biography and a self help book rolled into one and that's probably why it's so good. David uses past life experiences to help get his point across
I had the privilege of being on the launch team for David A.R. White's book Between Heaven and Hollywood which means I was one of a group of individuals who were able to gain access to this book before anyone else. We were to read this book and then submit reviews for it. So here goes. This book is interesting in that it is like a combination of a biography and a self help book rolled into one and that's probably why it's so good. David uses past life experiences to help get his point across while giving you important guides for how to achieve your God given dream that being the dream that God himself placed on your heart to help you achieve His plans for you. It not done in a way that is David telling you this is how I did it and you should to he does not hide his screw ups from you he fully embraces them to show you where he went wrong and how you can avoid his missteps. He shares knowledge from friends and family that have helped him along the way and scripture that helped him persevere. I would personally recommend this book to everyone who feels like they are lost or stuck in a rut and their life is going nowhere because I really and truly believe that they will find some answers and help in this book. I most definitely did and can't wait to start applying some of these lessons to my own life.

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Feb 08, 2018

It's often hard to explain the difference between a "Christian movie" and a movie that simply deals with Christian themes or Biblical subject matter. Unfortunately, the easiest way to distinguish between the two is in a negative sense. Christian movies tend to play things very safe and simple, and they shy away from mature content or uncomfortable realities. They are suitable to be sold in Christian bookstores, and they almost always end on an incredibly upbeat note, usually thanks to some dues It's often hard to explain the difference between a "Christian movie" and a movie that simply deals with Christian themes or Biblical subject matter. Unfortunately, the easiest way to distinguish between the two is in a negative sense. Christian movies tend to play things very safe and simple, and they shy away from mature content or uncomfortable realities. They are suitable to be sold in Christian bookstores, and they almost always end on an incredibly upbeat note, usually thanks to some dues ex machina--oops, I mean "miracle"--that illustrates the need for putting one's trust in God. Christian movies are so heavy-handed and over-the-top in their messaging, they invariably fail to reach a secular audience. They are strictly a preach-to-the-choir affair, generally created by filmmakers whose devotion to God outweighs their artistic talent. The film BRUCE ALMIGHTY, for example, cannot be considered a Christian movie because it contains too much rude humor, does not push the need for giving one's life to Jesus, and is more concerned with being entertaining than with theology.
There was a short window of time (from about 2003 to 2008) when it seemed like the Christian movie industry was about to get interesting. BELLS OF INNOCENCE, for example, was the first Christian horror movie that I know of, and it even co-starred a household name (Chuck Norris). THE VISITATION (starring Edward Furlong) came out a few years later and was a great little horror-thriller based on the popular Frank Peretti novel. THREE, based on the thriller by Ted Dekker, was also good. Other efforts like SIX: THE MARK UNLEASHED and the Peretti/Dekker collaboration HOUSE ended up being lousy, but at least they continued the new trend of Christian genre films. These movies introduced me to David A.R. White, who appeared in three of the ones I just mentioned. It was Mr. White's movie company, Pure Flix (don't you just hate that name?), that later became the #1 game in town for producing and distributing movies for the Christian market, and it quickly put a stake through the heart of the short-lived trend toward edgier, PG-13 fare. Over the last 10 years, Pure Flix has produced and distributed a slew of generic faith-based films, the most successful of which, GOD'S NOT DEAD, shocked Hollywood by getting a theatrical release and reaching #4 at the box office despite it's shoe string budget and cast of B-list actors like Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain.
BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HOLLYWOOD is David A.R. White's memoir of how he achieved success in Tinsel Town and the lessons he learned along the way. I don't claim to be a fan of Mr. White's, but I do find his journey interesting, and I'm a sucker for any behind-the-scenes look at how films are made. And, of course, I'm curious to hear how a boy raised as a Mennonite soon found himself auditioning for Madonna and acting as an extra in Oliver Stone's THE DOORS. Unfortunately, David A.R. White isn't as interested in talking about his career as he is in giving a Sunday school lesson on how we can achieve our God-given dreams. It's like reading Joel Olsteen's YOUR BEST LIFE NOW, but without the phony smile.
The message of the book is simplistic and boring. It also feels self-contradictory in some ways, though I get the basic idea Mr. White is driving at. He's simply encouraging us to follow our dreams while applying both common sense and Christian discernment. If you're past high school and have ever been to church in your life, there isn't much for you to learn here, though the book does make for a pretty decent pep talk.
If you're seeking a Christian self-help book aimed at teenagers, then BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HOLLYWOOD is worth a look. If I'd known that's what I was getting into, I wouldn't have purchased it; I wanted a memoir about the Christian entertainment industry. The book does provide some of that, but not nearly enough. I mean, how the heck do you appear in a movie with Chuck Norris and not even mention it?! And how can you consider yourself a successful actor when the only way you can get work is to start your own studio and (mis)cast yourself in your own movies? And while I'm thrilled that Pure Flix has had a positive impact on some people's lives, I'm afraid I don't see much intellectual depth or artistic merit to the movies they make. If it is God's plan for David A.R. White to make movies, it seems someone isn't setting the bar high enough. ...more
5

Mar 30, 2017

This book was given to me when I popped into our church office. Our pastor had just read it and asked if I'd like to read it. I said sure. It was in my bag for a week or so while I finished my other book. From page one through the last, I enjoyed every word. Inspiring and I will be honest, surprisingly insightful. I will probably obtain my own copy to read again in the future, or pass along to someone still searching for the dream that God has placed in their heart. Its worth a read and it's a This book was given to me when I popped into our church office. Our pastor had just read it and asked if I'd like to read it. I said sure. It was in my bag for a week or so while I finished my other book. From page one through the last, I enjoyed every word. Inspiring and I will be honest, surprisingly insightful. I will probably obtain my own copy to read again in the future, or pass along to someone still searching for the dream that God has placed in their heart. Its worth a read and it's a quick read as well. ...more
5

2 December 2017

Very useful and inspiring!!! Thank you David AR White
5

Jul 07, 2017

A very convicting yet very encouraging book. God certainly spoke through this piece.
5

Jul 19, 2018

Just a good read. Very much enjoyed following David to where he is now.
5

Mar 22, 2020

Great

I couldn't put down, I read it all in one sitting. Thank you, for this wonderful feeling. It really hit home.
5

Jan 17, 2018

Spot on. Easy to read and filled with insight, direction, and faith. A remarkable book by a man that loves God.

This book exceeded my expectations and helped me know the author better. I also was impresses with his wisdom, acquired by years of experience.
5

Jun 10, 2018

I really enjoyed reading Mr. Whites book. He gave great advice, spiritual insight, encouragement, and enjoyed reading his story that was intertwined within the pages. I highly recommend this book to everyone! I really enjoyed reading Mr. White’s book. He gave great advice, spiritual insight, encouragement, and enjoyed reading his story that was intertwined within the pages. I highly recommend this book to everyone! ...more
5

May 16, 2017

A Dream Chasing Guide book

This was a very practical book. David skillfully uses his life experiences as practical examples of each point he makes. He shows us that God is the key to achieving our dreams without being preachy. It's an easy book to read and you will learn some valuable dream-chasing lessons along the way.
5

May 09, 2017

Fantastic first-hand account of actor, producer and comedian David A. R. White's rise and resulting success in the film industry. He attributes his success to God and his story will bless and inspire you! David's advice will surely benefit you as you chase your own God-given dream! Highly recommend this lighthearted (and fun read) by Pure Flix Entertainment's David A. R. White!
4

May 30, 2019

Some lovely insights into how to go about turning your dreams into goals and working them; into how to make films in Hollywood; and into how to stay a Christian while working in an unbelieving field of work.

Humorous and practical, an entertaining read.

Main takeout: having an overall purpose brings meaning to your everyday life.
4

Nov 24, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. It's an easy read. I like his 'God's Not Dead' movies and appreciated learning about David A.R. White's journey from the midwest to Hollywood. He never gave up on his God-given dream in the midst of many set backs. I also enjoyed reading about his relationship with Burt Reynolds and other tales about his friendships in Hollywood.
5

Apr 07, 2019

This was a great book, albeit quite different from what what I expected. It was part-autobiography (what I was expecting) and part-Christian living (what I wasn't expecting). I think everybody could benefit from reading this in some way and my respect for David A R White as a Christian actor has grown. I was very surprised (in a good way) at the high preeminence that is given to seeking God's will and how that may often not be what we first think or expect. It was very practical and down to This was a great book, albeit quite different from what what I expected. It was part-autobiography (what I was expecting) and part-Christian living (what I wasn't expecting). I think everybody could benefit from reading this in some way and my respect for David A R White as a Christian actor has grown. I was very surprised (in a good way) at the high preeminence that is given to seeking God's will and how that may often not be what we first think or expect. It was very practical and down to earth. Definitely recommended. ...more
5

Jul 12, 2019

I've watched plenty of films with David A.R. White in them but didn't know much about his actual story. This book was part biography and part lesson, really. It was a really good and interesting read. David started out in the most unlikely of places, having grown up among the wheat fields of a Mennonite town. We follow David's story through the years of dreaming and then chasing that dream, and in the process, he lays out truly encouraging advice for chasing our own God-Given Dreams.

I truly I've watched plenty of films with David A.R. White in them but didn't know much about his actual story. This book was part biography and part lesson, really. It was a really good and interesting read. David started out in the most unlikely of places, having grown up among the wheat fields of a Mennonite town. We follow David's story through the years of dreaming and then chasing that dream, and in the process, he lays out truly encouraging advice for chasing our own God-Given Dreams.

I truly enjoyed this book. ...more
5

Oct 24, 2016

I have been privileged to be on the launch team for this Incredible Book written by one of my favorite actors/producers of excellent Christian movies. David wrote this book as if he was sitting across from you having coffee and providing exactly what I needed to hear.

I have taken to heart all that I have read and now have a renewed interest in following my dreams. I also have learned how to recognize if those dreams are truly from God. I trust in God to use me to serve others and glorify His I have been privileged to be on the launch team for this Incredible Book written by one of my favorite actors/producers of excellent Christian movies. David wrote this book as if he was sitting across from you having coffee and providing exactly what I needed to hear.

I have taken to heart all that I have read and now have a renewed interest in following my dreams. I also have learned how to recognize if those dreams are truly from God. I trust in God to use me to serve others and glorify His name.

This is a must read for all ages. ...more
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May 06, 2017

I decided to read this book after watching God's Not Dead 2 and hearing David talk a little bit about his story and his ministry. I also have a nephew who is interested in the film industry and reaching people for Christ through it. I thought that David's story might be something that my nephew could relate to. I think I would have liked this book better if it had been more just about David's Journey and experiences and less of him expanding on the lessons he learned from his experiences. I I decided to read this book after watching God's Not Dead 2 and hearing David talk a little bit about his story and his ministry. I also have a nephew who is interested in the film industry and reaching people for Christ through it. I thought that David's story might be something that my nephew could relate to. I think I would have liked this book better if it had been more just about David's Journey and experiences and less of him expanding on the lessons he learned from his experiences. I prefer to read more of an autobiographical type of book. then I can draw my own conclusions about what I could learn reading from this person's experience. Not that David should have expanded at least some on what he learned but there was just too much of that in the book. ...more
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May 28, 2017

"Christian movies" used to be 45 min. 16 mm films shot on miniscule budgets featuring amateur actors and screened on "movie night" at churches. But by the 80s video had killed church movies, and for a decade or so teaching videos were the only game in town (i.e. church). Then, early in the 21st century, some earnest filmmakers began shooting full-length "faith-based" films. David A.R. White was there from the start. More than anyone else, he, along with Alex Kendrick (Facing the Giants, "Christian movies" used to be 45 min. 16 mm films shot on miniscule budgets featuring amateur actors and screened on "movie night" at churches. But by the 80s video had killed church movies, and for a decade or so teaching videos were the only game in town (i.e. church). Then, early in the 21st century, some earnest filmmakers began shooting full-length "faith-based" films. David A.R. White was there from the start. More than anyone else, he, along with Alex Kendrick (Facing the Giants, Fireproof), proved that there is a mainstream movieplex audience for such films. "Between Heaven and Hollywood" is an amalgam of memoir ("how I got there") and message ("what 'there' should look like"). Essential for anyone interested in pursuing faith-based movie making, and worth the read for believers following other arts and entertainment paths. ...more
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Oct 27, 2016

I was a little bit nervous about reading Between Heaven & Hollywood. Ive enjoyed David A.R. White as an actor for years. What if the book was disappointing? What if was nothing but fluff with no more depth than a cute Facebook meme? I knew by the time Id finished the first chapter that I had nothing to be nervous about.

The book begins by telling the reader exactly what the book is and isnt. It isnt another self-help or how to book. It is an honest look at a long, complicated, difficult I was a little bit nervous about reading Between Heaven & Hollywood. I’ve enjoyed David A.R. White as an actor for years. What if the book was disappointing? What if was nothing but fluff with no more depth than a cute Facebook meme? I knew by the time I’d finished the first chapter that I had nothing to be nervous about.

The book begins by telling the reader exactly what the book is and isn’t. It isn’t another self-help or how to book. It is an honest look at a long, complicated, difficult journey that Mr. White believes each of us is called to embark on. As he shares personal stories, he looks at where our dreams come from, how to identify them, and how to set goals that lead to the fulfillment of them. In case you think that sounds simple, don’t worry, it’s not. He also looks at the detours, obstacles, fear, disappointments, and failures that come with it. One of my favorite portions of the book is when he digs into the reality that even though the dream you are meant to pursue comes from God, don’t expect the fulfillment of that dream to look anything like you think it will. God’s plans are far more creative and incredible than ours ever could be, and they will ultimately bless you and many others in ways you couldn’t possibly anticipate.

As a believer in the Lord Jesus, I also was concerned the book would be full of platitudes and nice thoughts but fall short of sharing the life-changing Truth found in the Bible. Without being preachy, Mr. White wove the lessons God has taught him and related Scripture throughout his story. His love for God, and his struggle to be the man God created him to be, came through naturally and powerfully.

Fans of Mr. White’s will enjoy the behind-the-scenes glimpses in Between Heaven and Hollywood of what life as David A.R. White looks like and be encouraged that becoming the you God created you to be is not only worth the effort but leads to a more incredible life than you have ever imagined.

I received a physical copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. ...more

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