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I Am Not Ashamed by PureFlix In Theaters October 21

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Time heals many things, but one of the most excruciating situations to heal from is having to pick up the pieces of your broken heart and find healing after the loss of a child. Some of you may remember the tragic events that took place many years ago involving Columbine High School. It is with passion and purpose that I try to bring you the very best in Christian entertainment, resources and tools to help you and your family walk in boldness and light in today’s world. One of these great ministry tools and entertainment is the new movie from PureFlix releasing in theaters this fall on October 21 titled: I Am Not Ashamed. Don’t miss the giveaway below for a goodie bag from the screener!

This film has an incredible message to share with the millions of unchurched teens that exist in America and around the world today. It also shares a message of hope, forgiveness, compassion, and purpose for all those who would join the new movement and rise to the call to say, “I Am Hope”. Let’s all be the HOPE that today’s world needs to experience by living with Jesus Christ shining from within our hearts and being His hands and feet to the masses.

“I Am Not Ashamed” shares the inspiring true story of Rachel Joy Scott.  Rachel Joy Scott is portrayed by actress Masey McLain in the film. Rachel’s story unfolds through a series of life experiences revealing the struggles of an every day teen life in and out of school. Laced through these choices, struggles, and various experiences we soon see the beauty of her heart for Jesus come shining through as she realizes what she truly wants and needs. Somewhere towards the second half of the film is where it really starts to show us great examples of Rachel’s genuine love and concern for others as she eventually dared to “walk the talk” of a Christian life in front of her entire study body at Columbine High School before the tragedy occurs.

The various elements in this film to be leery of for younger audiences are those wrapped around the potential situations a teen could be confronted with such as smoking, drinking alcohol, the general party atmosphere, and other adult situations. “I Am Not Ashamed” is rated PG-13 and parents of children under 13 need to consider treating it as such due to both these elements as well as those involved with the short but necessary scenes showing the tragedy that occurs at Columbine High School.

This film is an excellent resource for teens to watch to help empower them to live REAL for Jesus and not to bend under the pressures of teen lifestyles and worldliness. Rachel’s choices in the film show how important being real and living for Jesus truly is and how much of an impact students can have on each other in school and with anyone they meet.

Because of how quickly today’s society is forcing our young adults into these difficult types of situations and environments, I would even consider recommending parents to potentially show this film to preteens. I would only do so with the approval of a parent who has already watched “I Am Not Ashamed” and is prepared to talk about the situations involved following the movie. You can learn more about this film and potentially find additional resources to help you with this at the “I Am Not Ashamed” website.

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“I Am Not Ashamed” is a movie that will reach hearts and lives all over the world, and it is definitely something I believe is worth seeing and showing to teen student audiences and above.  I urge the churches, schools, and other organizations to strongly consider having the entire study body or youth groups watch this film together and have a discussion session following with administrators, teachers, youth leaders, and/or counselors on hand.

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My 18 yr old son accompanied me to this early movie screener for “I Am Not Ashamed” and he thoroughly enjoyed the film and felt it will have a huge impact on teens.

In closing, I wish to applaud the courage of the family of Rachel Joy Scott , her friends, and the other families who’s children and teacher were tragically killed during the massacre at Columbine High School. This film is going to be a light to the world, and will hopefully honor the memories and sweet lives of those students and the teacher who lost their lives on April 20, 1999.  May God continue to use you with your own powerful testimony, and the testimony shared through this film to reach more teens for Christ. May God bless you richly.

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Please share this post or the link to the #imnotashamed film with others and help spread the word about this great Christian ministry tool for teens in the coming weeks before the release of the film. As a pastor, or business owner, you can reach out on Facebook to PureFlix Alliance for more info on how to become an alliance member and support this film. You can inquire with the lady in the picture above who represents the Tampa area for PureFlix. She’s a huge help with any questions you have.

Adianis Morales – Robles
Alliance Consultant
Pure Flix | Faith + Family Alliance

Mobile 407-417-3744 Email:adianis.morales@pureflix.com

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Want to get involved in the “I Am Hope” movement to change the world for Christ? There are many exciting plans and activities leading up to this film where you can get actively involved and rally your church or organization to do the same. Get more info here. 

GIVEAWAY TIME

(Part of the Love2EncourageYou 5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Event)

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PRIZE: One winner will receive an #imnotashamed movie screener goodie bag including several of the items you see here. (magnets, pen, sticker and “I Am Hope” bracelet)

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Disclosure: Special thanks to PureFlix for the opportunity to view this film at an early screener event yesterday. No compensation was received in exchange for sharing this post. These thoughts and expressions are my own opinions after watching the film and I feel very strongly about sharing this information with the world. May you be blesssed by what you read and the chance to watch the film in October. *This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, or any other social media channel.

**Like this giveaway? August is the month we celebrate the 5th year of Love2EncourageYou blog being in service to the public. I hope you will help join me in thanking God for this ministry and opportunity to bless others with articles and resources to encourage them and their walk with Christ and enriching their families. It has been a huge pleasure to serve you these last five years and I look forward to many more exciting things ahead. More giveaways to come throughout the month of August!

Thumbs Up for Mickey Matson and the Pirate’s Code DVD

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Need Fun Family Entertainment? Look No Further!

Mickey Matson and the Pirate’s Code is a great family film that shines above movies considered just appropriate for families. This film tries hard to create a fun and exciting atmosphere aimed for elementary to preteen ages as it is filled with “spy gear and scavenger hunt” types of elements throughout the film. We just loved the humor and comedy segments built into it as well! An absolute joy to watch for my younger kiddos with lots of twists and surprises in the plot, and we as adults found it enjoyable too. Christopher Lloyd of course shines as always in any film he is in and we are particular fond of his character in the Mickey Matson series as the grandfather. (Find out how he manages to make an appearance and positive impact in this new film!) We loved his part in the original movie called, “The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure”.

We loved so many parts of the movie with the lead characters rolling down the sand after getting kidnapped to the super cool vehicle and gadgets they get to try out! However, I think our favorite part actually was not something in the film, but rather something they left out and included in the bloopers on the DVD. Be sure to watch the bloopers after you buy the film and keep an ear out for someone talking about a “dolphin”. My kids were rewinding this particular moment over and over – it made them laugh that much!

We will definitely be looking forward to more Mickey Matson films to follow! Thanks Pure Flix!

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About the movie:
Releases on DVD June 2, 2015
91 Minutes // Genre: Adventure // Rating:  NR
In this follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization.  They’re new invention, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence.  With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon.  If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age.  It’s a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
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Old Fashioned DVD Makes Great Date Night Movie

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Make it a Movie Night with Old Fashioned!

Hello again my sweet friends and fans! I am so glad you dropped by today. I have a wonderful movie, book and devotional to share about that I think many of you would enjoy. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post too for your chance to win ALL THREE! The new Pure Flix film called “Old Fashioned” has been released on DVD and it actually impressed me! I do not feel the movie trailers do it justice. This film is a great fit for those interested in a good date night movie. It also works if you’re desiring to show something to your teen about courtship and dating or how to respect women while dating. I think married couples will get a real kick out of reminiscing their dating years as they watch this film too. I adore the way they laced elements of Biblical themes, and real life issues into the movie. So many of these incidents have actually come up in our lives and it is tough going through the way friends, family, and coworkers respond to your standards when you make a firm choice in your beliefs. I like seeing the way the actor handles these incidents in the film and the supporting characters in response.

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There is also a great book released from Old Fashioned as well as an awesome devotional book! Of course reading the book to compare with the movie is always fun! I find it adds new perspective and value as it allows you to go even deeper into the message in the movie. Well written, enjoyable pace, and pleasant descriptions of the atmosphere, romance and other fun and important elements. I think you’ll find it a good read!

I was also especially happy to see how much helpful content they included in this devotional book designed to compliment the film. I highly recommend taking the time to enjoy and go through a devotional book like this with your boyfriend, fiancee or spouse. I find there can be so many great conversations that develop because of it that really help you bond as a couple and allow God to help your hearts mesh and grow closer as you keep Him and His standards first in your life. It will also increase your desire to pray together or for each other which is a something I very strongly recommend for any couple.

The Old Fashioned movie is a fabulous date night film that I believe you will enjoy highly. I particularly giggled at the thought of a few scenes that I could totally relate to and found myself taken back to my college years dating my hubby. I loved the conclusion at the end of the film of course, but I won’t dare spoil it on you… just make sure you get to see it! My dear husband’s comments I just have to share with you though… after the film ended he looked at me with his dimpled grin on his face and said, “So now you must really wish you had married a different guy, right?” The next morning he awoke smiling from ear to ear at me and proceeded to come give me a kiss … only on the cheek (watch the movie to see the significance) and said he had to do something special for his wife right away like make my favorite breakfast.  (Now ladies… don’t expect the royal treatment from every guy after they see this movie, but I just had to share I was lucky enough to have one that “got it” after watching this film. lol.) Run! Don’t walk… and get this film in your hands pronto! You could have a nice romantic evening and changed perspective for both of you on how a relationship as a couple could be real soon! Blessings to each of you who get the chance to do this and encourage positive reflection and nurturing of your relationship. I pray God’s greatest blessings upon the current marriages too who find a way to rekindle that which might be lost and invite God to become the center of all your thoughts towards each other.

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About the movie:
DVD Releases on June 16, 2015
115 minutes // Genre: Drama // Rating PG-13
 A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America. 

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About the novelization:  
Softcover; 303 pages 
Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town….and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance.  But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can’t help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life.  Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love.  They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an “old fashioned” courtship?
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About the devotional:
Softcover; 222 pages 
Contrary to popular opinion, being “old fashioned” doesn’t mean you’re dull or unromantic.  In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you’ve ever experienced!  So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way?  Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow.  But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that.  Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it.  Regardless of your past mistakes, where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime!  As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you’ll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way.  And before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.   

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Official Website – http://www.oldfashionedmovie.com


Twitter: @OldFashionedVow

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Check out the Mystery and Romance in Grace of God DVD

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Sometimes in a world of right and wrong, the grace God gives us and allows the people around us to have during times of trial and tough choices is an amazing thing to witness. In the movie “Grace of God” you’ll find the storyline to be different than you may be used to for a Christian film. It has all the elements of an interesting plot to capture your attention right from the beginning and draw you into the movie as you catch yourself trying to figure out the mystery.

I love to see a film that finds a way to bring the powerful message of redemption and forgiveness to the audience. God’s love is a gift. His Grace is a gift. Alright… I guess you’ll just have to watch it and see for yourself, but I think this is worth watching and sharing with a friend. If you know someone who may need to hear the message of why we believe in God and why people gather at church expecting forgiveness and having a place to belong, then this should be a fun way to enjoy a movie together with an interesting plot. 

Lorenzo Lamas and Erin Bethea play great parts in the film as always, and some of the new actors (at least they’re new to me) did a fantastic job too.  I love how different Lorenzo’s roles were between this film and the other movie I reviewed this week. lol. He does a powerful presentation when he needs to! I’m also always fond of any type of love interest development for romantics out there and found “Grace of God” to do a pretty good job bringing the charm of falling in love from a different perspective.

I am going to be frank with you though on one point –  I honestly think they should have ended the movie about 3 minutes sooner. The movie seems to end very nicely and then they add this last little portion after it as the real ending that seemed to distract from what they just accomplished.  I will be curious to see what you guys think.

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Although “Grace of God” was not at all what I was expecting,  I still really enjoyed watching it. It was a refreshing change on what I’m used to with Christian films and it was fun to see the storyline bring in glimpses of what a church functions like and how important and precious the “trust” factor is within the body of Christ. Someone not used to attending church or being a part of a church “family” is not going to be aware of these things and this movie actually does a pretty good job portraying the beauty and treasure that it is to be part of the church family. I think there is more than one message intertwined in the film, but for the most part the message is wrapped up throughout the last half of the film.  I enjoyed the conclusion overall. I just prefer they cut out the last 3 minutes. Guess it’s because I’ve been reviewing movies for so long .

I hope we are continually blessed with film writers and creators who are not afraid to go outside the box of what society thinks is acceptable within a movie. I was happy to review “Grace of God” and thankful to be pleasantly surprised by its storyline and ability to give a great message in specific parts. (Watch for when the pastor is interviewed – it’s powerful!)

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Please enjoy purchasing and watching “Grace of God” with your family. This movie is safe for children 12 and older according to the cover art. Would make a great gift for someone at Easter or anytime.

About the movie:
Releases on DVD March 24, 2015
99 Minutes // Genre: Family, Inspirational // Rating:  NR

Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.

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625828640162_USA_GRACEOFGOD_3DPrize: One winner will receive a copy of the DVD “Grace of God”!

Location: Open to USA & Canada residents. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Date: Ends on April 8 at midnight EST.

 

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 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.” Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.

 

 

Confessions of a Prodigal Son Movie – Calls Youth To The Light of Christ

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I’m always delighted when I have the opportunity to review a new faith-based film. Today I get to share with you about “Confessions of a Prodigal Son“. Reviewing faith-based movies, books and other tools  is something I love to do and really enjoy sharing my thoughts and encouraging you in your walk with the Lord by finding helpful  resources to use in your journey.

Confessions of a Prodigal Son is a movie worth sharing with the young teens to twenty somethings in your life. It calls youth to the light and love of Christ. It draws them towards hope and forgiveness that comes from our Heavenly Father who never gives up on us.

Note to Parents: This particular film receives a PG13 rating from me as it has a lot of realistic situations that teens or college-aged may go through and I would caution allowing anyone younger to watch without parent approval. I feel this film is going to be helpful in impacting the lives of youth and twenty-somethings and for that reason I wanted to share it with you and encourage you to utilize resources like this in reaching out to students during those difficult years.

Take a moment to check out the trailer located HERE for Confessions of a Prodigal Son. It will help give you some insight about the film and help you make an informed decision when choosing to purchase and view the movie when it releases on March 31.

I feel movies like this are great to share with teens or youth groups, Sunday School classes, or as family movie night with teenage or older. See God’s hand at work in a mighty way as this film touches your heart and brings a message of … “What is the story of your life? And what makes it worthy of being told?” You have to keep watching all the way to the end of the movie so you can see the impact of the message being given.

Visit the movie website at www.confessionsofaprodigal.com.

Read one reporter’s opinion about the film HERE.

Film Description:
“Confessions of a Prodigal Son – A coming-of-age, modern, retelling of the Prodigal Son story. We follow newly independent Sean as he takes part of his college fund into his own hands and uses it to begin exploring life apart for the rules and expectations he has grown up with – put in place from his (pastor) father. But after meeting a strong and beautiful girl named Ali, Sean soon finds himself having to question what he thought he knew, all while trying to balance a lifestyle of partying and loose living instigated by his troubled best friend Cameron.

We follow Sean on his journey to discovery, through pain, longing and love and he begins to learn that every choice he makes, steers him ever closer to what kind of story his life is going to tell.” – from movie website

I give this film my recommendation coming from a parent of a teen who will be entering his college years soon. I believe the overall purpose of the film was a solid aim at this age group. It can be effective in reaching those who are willing to watch it and hopefully are receptive to it’s message. The beauty of the message really comes down to this – we have a God who loves us and forgives us unconditionally. No matter how badly we mess up our life, God will always be there waiting for us to come back to His arms.

Be blessed my friends as you watch this movie. I challenge each of you: Enjoy the story our Creator is writing with your life and make the choices that will determine a story worth sharing.

Thanks for visiting Love2EncourageYou blog. I hope my reviews are helpful and informative so you can continue your life’s journey closer to Christ and take care of your family.

– Rebecca

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Kirk Cameron and family shine in Mercy Rule on DVD! #Review #Giveaway

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It’s that time! Are you ready to plop down on the couch with your feet up? Got a bowl of popcorn on your lap, kids snuggled next to you on each side, and a big glass of your favorite beverage ready to wash down that popcorn while you watch another great movie for Family Movie Night? Bring it on! I’m ready! In fact, that’s just what I’m doing after I share this fun post with you about a wonderful family friendly movie created by Kirk Cameron and his family called: Mercy Rule!  Family friendly movies are truly hard to find and I’m excited to say this one passes the test for any age. Your elementary, preteen and teens will probably understand it the most, but my youngest even sat and watched this with me happily so I think it is safe to say it appeals to all ages.

“Our family is always on the lookout for an exciting new movie to watch together on ‘movie night.’ We look for something fun and inspiring, something that builds our faith in God and our strength as a family. But instead of waiting for a great new movie, we made one! Mercy Rule is one the most exciting movies we have ever been a part of and we are so excited to share it with you.” – Kirk and Chelsea Cameron

Want to learn what Mercy Rule is all about?
Mercy Rule is a baseball adventure for the whole family, starring Kirk Cameron and his wife, Chelsea. Parents and kids alike will be inspired by the story of the Miller family as they learn life’s lessons of mercy, patience, sacrifice, legacy and trusting God. Co-starring Bas Rutten and comedian Tim Hawkins and written by bestselling author N.D. Wilson, Mercy Rule will teach your family what it means to be a “No Quit Family.” The DVD also includes a family study guide for further discussion of the important messages in Mercy Rule.

I have always enjoyed Kirk Cameron shows, movies and various topics that hit the news. You could say I’m quite a fan just because of his unbelievable depth of effort to preach the Gospel and share God’s truths to every walk of life. He has spoken at Liberty University where I attended college, I got to be on a phone interview with him for his Saving Christmas movie, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all his mini lessons offered in video series he makes for how to be a real evangelist living right where God has you.

You may remember Kirk Cameron from Growing Pains, The Left Behind Series, or Fireproof, but this new family film is a change of pace and one that we welcome more of in the future too!

My daughter and I loved watching this fun, family friendly film together and my youngest (age 3) sat on my lap and watched it with us! We particularly enjoyed the scene where Kirk was able to bring the grand finale all together near the end (you’ll know what we mean when you see it!) as well as a couple fun moments at the ball field, Kirk and his wife out on a dinner date, the family eating ice cream together after a rough day, and seeing the son’s determination to improve his “game”. 

Check out the free discussion guide available to coordinate with the Mercy Rule movie. Some important lessons include topics like: building a family legacy, choosing sides and standing up for what you believe in, taking responsibility, how to avoid or fight envy, and learning dependence upon the people God put in our life for a reason.

Mercy Rule with Kirk Cameron is a really a great movie that will bless you as the viewer and make you thankful for what God has in your life – a family, a home, and friends and relatives that stand by you through thick or thin. Mercy Rule is available to purchase at Family Christian stores and online at http://FamilyChristian.com. It’s currently on sale for just $10! Regularly $14.99.

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Prize: One winner will receive a new copy of Mercy Rules on DVD!

Location: Open to US & Canada

Age: 18 or older

Date: ends at midnight on Dec 28.

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Powerful, Romantic, and Full of Compassion – Susie’s Hope DVD #Review #Giveaway

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What a delight to have the opportunity to be involved with institutions that are filled with compassion for one of God’s fantastic creations – animals. Here’s a powerful film designed to be a box office hit style movie with great acting, terrific storyline and a super furry friend cast of stars that will melt your heart.

This is what I would categorize as a heart-tugging drama as the information presented plays a roller coaster on your emotions throughout the entire film. There’s action and suspense, joy and sadness, compassion, devotion, friendship, and some sweet gestures of romance between the husband and wife. Ladies …  you will need tissues for this movie. Just saying. I believe the producers did a fabulous job achieving the type of impact they were probably looking for by the time you’ve come to the end of the film.

I watched this with my 7 year old daughter and I did find that the beginning of the film caught me off guard. I had my daughter leave the room for a few of the tense/graphic moments as the movie is setting up the story. Be advised that although there are a few very brief moments of intense or violent scenes, I felt this film overall is appropriate for families to watch together with children ages 12 and older. My 7 year old still enjoyed the movie very much minus a few scenes that I fast forwarded through and it allowed us to have some great discussions on the topics laced within the film regarding animal cruelty, animal adoption, reaching out to help your community, and being a good friend.

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We personally like supporting local animal shelters in the Central FL area. We often attend and support the local events where the shelters come to gather interest and raise money or awareness towards proper care and adoption of animals in these facilities.

Pick up a copy of Susie’s Hope DVD for yourself or a loved one today and support an awareness of proper treatment of animals.

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We give Susie’s Hope a big thumbs up for being a powerful, romantic and compassion-filled movie that stirs the hearts of it’s viewers. It has the opportunity to lead people towards better decisions and viewpoints regarding animal cruelty and animal adoption. We are all for bringing these topics to light in a positive and productive way.

Enjoy this movie trailer of Susie’s Hope:

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About the movie: Run time 105 minutes

Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
About Susie:
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and even won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Prize: One winner to receive a new copy of the DVD Susie’s Hope!

Location: Open to USA & Canada

Age: Must be 18 years or older

Date: ends on midnight Dec 21.

 

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 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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The Lumo Project – Full length feature film about the Life of Jesus #JohnOnNetflix

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Have you heard the exciting news? There is a new amazing full feature film about the life of Jesus on Netflix called, “The Lumo Project”! Special thanks to FlybyPromotions and The Lumo Project for allowing early access to watch the film in exchange for a review.
I have watched many films and TV series developed on the life and teachings of Jesus over the years. This particular film, “The Lumo Project” is an excellent resource both for teaching about the life of Jesus, and for enjoying an evening of entertainment with friends and family.
The film is narrated the entire time by a man with a clear voice that is very easy to hear and understand. The scriptures are read word for word as you view a flowing film of video that shows actors and actresses and the scenery around them. Sometimes they speak, or you hear the sounds of what’s going on in the background, and other times (for a dramatic effect) you only hear a soft music playing with the narrator’s voice emphasizing that portion of the scriptures as you watch what’s happening in that scene. It is a wonderful way to view the teachings and lessons from the Gospel of John.
I’ve really enjoyed viewing this and have showed it to my family. My children want to watch it again! I believe this film will be used over and over as a reference and example that churches, pastors, lay leaders, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, homeschool teachers, and parents can refer to often to teach specific points from the four Gospels. A few of the scenes I found interesting to see how they were portrayed were:
  • where Jesus turns the water into wine at the wedding party
  • the money changers in the temple
I give this film five stars and recommend it to anyone desiring to learn more about the life and teachings of Jesus.
Below I’ve included key details regarding the film from their official website if you’d like to learn more. Watch it on Netflix today! #JohnOnNetflix
About the film:

FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.

A ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels.

The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionise the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

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THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.

This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine. 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Official Website: http://www.lumoproject.com

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Now in Theaters: “The Song” is Turning Heads and Awakening Hearts

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Introducing THE SONG the Movie

While bringing to light a concern in the growing decline of marriages today, Hollywood and Christian film-making have found a unique and lively way to inspire married couples to face the challenges of life and marriage head on with the motivation to succeed. The world presses in on all sides with its lies and temptations, but we as Christian’s recognize God’s calling to desire faithfulness and purity among couples. This film is blunt and edgy, but reminds us all to remain clearly devoted to our spouses no matter the situation life throws at us.

“THE SONG, which releases nationwide on September 26th, is a provocative new film from City on a Hill Studio and Samuel Goldwyn Films inspired by the life and writings of Solomon.

This music-driven love story stars Alan Powell (lead singer of “Anthem Lights”), Ali Faulkner (THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1) and Caitlin Nicol-Thomas (ABC’s Nashville pilot), and features 11 original songs from the Americana genre. In advanced screenings across the country, THE SONG is turning heads with its edgy content addressing themes of love, sex, marriage and meaning.”

“THE SONG tells the story of aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King (Powell), as he struggles to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his famous father. When he reluctantly agrees to a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival, Jed meets the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose (Faulkner), and a romance quickly blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Suddenly thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation, in the form of fellow-performer Shelby Bale (Nicol-Thomas), Jed’s life and marriage begin to fall apart.”

The Heart of the Film Has A Message Worth Sharing

Christian movie goers need to keep in mind this film is rated PG-13 (For thematic elements including some substance abuse, smoking and rude references), but the heart of the film shares an underlying message worth reaching out to the masses. Look for the many subtle Biblical references from the poetic inspirations of the Song of Solomon in Jed’s love song to his wife, to the unique modern day reflection of the Bible’s King Solomon portrayed by Jed himself.

As this film makes it’s debut, I’d love to hear your thoughts and reactions to “The Song”.  Coming out in theaters on September 26! Comment here in the post or tag your tweet with #SeetheSong

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou was compensated for this post by Family Christian Stores. However, I only share information on items I feel are of interest to my readers.