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It’s been a while since I’ve written a 3 Things Thursday post, but I’ve got a stack of new movies building up here that I feel the need to share with you, and thought this might be a fun way to do it! So, without further adieu . . .
3 Movies You Should Considering Watching (and why)
Last year, I had an opportunity to screen this movie before it hit theaters. I really enjoyed it then, even though I was streaming it on my computer and it was stopping and starting so often that I think it took me at least 3 hours to watch it! So, I was very excited when I received the DVD version of the movie and we could pop it into the blu-ray player and watch it (as a family) on our TV!
I have to say, I liked it even more. This woman, Christina Noble, had an AWFUL life growing up. Her mother had passed away when she was quite young, and her father was an alcoholic. The kids were put in a home for orphans. I won’t share the rest of the story, because you really should watch the movie.
I know it means more to me than some others because I have children from Vietnam and have spent time in that country. But, the work that Christina did in that country – through adversity, I might add – was groundbreaking. She changed a LOT of lives, for the better!
LIVING HOPE is the story of three extraordinary individuals who have devoted their lives to serving the poor in South Africa. It is a feature length documentary created by the filmmakers behind Journey to Everest, Apostles of Comedy, and Honoring a Father’s Dream: Sons of Lwala.
- John Thomas, a pastor who is leading his church to serve the sick, hungry, and dying in the communities that surround them. Journey beside John through the neighborhoods where they work, meet the people their ministry has impacted, and hear from his heart why they chose to make a stand for the poor.
- Leonie Rustin, a single mom and nursing assistant, who turned from a life of crippling drug addiction to follow Christ. Journey beside Leonie as she attempts to help other in her community unshackle the chains of addiction and prostitution.
- Joey Lankford, a businessman and father of four who moved his young family from the United States to Cape Town. Journey beside Joey as he equips men and women with job skills, and leads them out of the bondage of poverty.
I enjoyed learning about these missionaries and the stories of what brought them to this place. What an amazing ministry they have in Cape Town! It’s always humbling to watch documentaries like this. I’ve already been on a decluttering kick – we have TOO MUCH – but, when you watch something like this and see the severe poverty that people in other countries live in, it gives you confirmation that we have too much!
Before I get in to talking about this movie, I want to say that is it not family-friendly. I wouldn’t recommend watching this one with kids under 13, at least. Parents – you know your children best and what they can handle – don’t take my word for it; make wise decisions! I’d recommend viewing this one alone first before sharing.
In Awakened, newspaper reporter Jacob Harker loses his job, forcing he and his wife, Haley, to move into a small rental house owned by Webster Cain. In the process of moving in, Jacob discovers a discarded audio recording of 60’s blues singer Carol James. Captivated by the voice on the recording, Jacob conducts an investigation into Carol James’ life and death. Through his pursuit, Jacob becomes haunted by an evil spirit.
Strange things happen in the home. Having had some similar situations in our own (old) home over the years, I really appreciated when Haley went to her pastor and he said, “There are no ghosts, Haley. It’s evil!”
I know everyone has their own opinion about the supernatural, but I believe that there are evil spirits here in earth (Jesus cast out demons in his day).
While this movie isn’t a horror movie, by any stretch of the imagination, I definitely caught myself jumping a few times while viewing it. And there are definitely some scenes that I wouldn’t feel comfortable with Ian seeing (he’s 10).
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