Before have been given the opportunity to review this movie, I had never heard of it. I knew it would be an appropriate movie because of the values represented.
What I didn't know is how VERY much we would LOVE it! It was a very pleasant surprise. I just keep wondering why Hollywood doesn't get the message that so many of us are in search of these type of movies. This movie was fantastic for our older children. Though a couple of scenes were rather intense in regards to a harsh father and a mother/father volatile divorce relationship, it was simply put....fantastic.
The main character is a teen aged boy that is GREATLY struggling with his faith after the break-up of his parent's marriage (which is why the intense, dramatic scenes are necessary). The movie takes you through his emotions of acting out in a destructive way and then having to face the consequences. Fortunately, a special mentor takes him under his wing and not only helps him right his wrong, but gives him the chance to find his faith in God again. In the process, some amazing other things begin to happen that show the power that God has in restoring hearts and families. I could tell you what those things are, but I want you to watch the movie instead. :)
This particular movie opened some great doors of conversation with our older children and even between Kevin and I. I even found myself thinking about it days after watching it. *THAT* is why I love movies that are entertaining AND thought-provoking. Garbage in, Garbage out! Good in, Good out! There is nothing like watching a movie that leaves you with a good feeling in your heart and full of encouragement. *THAT* is the value of faith & family movies.
This particular movie made me think of how thankful I am for mentors in my own life growing up, most especially ones that helped me hold tightly to my faith in hard times. I also thought about how a main character worked through his feelings of loss by helping someone in need. That touched my heart because that is one of the ways I found the most solace in dealing with my own loss.
One reader will receive a copy of this DVD. Fantastic movie! Just leave a comment to enter. One winner will be chosen by random.org. Giveaway will end on March 20th. Please be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you are the winner! Good luck!
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