Tuesday, October 7


Chris and I watched Fireproof on Sunday.

It was incredible.

It was well made and it was well acted, but I could have cared less.....the story was so real it was gut-wrenching.

I re-lived a few things watching that movie. Places we've been in our marriage. Places I thought had healed up. But watching it, scabs were ripped open. Toward the very beginning, I felt nauseous, remembering, and didn't think I would be able to sit through the rest. I'm glad I stayed. It was a life changing movie.

It even tackled the issue of pornography, something that often gets brushed under the rug. It isn't something we've dealt with, but it affects so many families in a devastating way. I'm so glad they were bold enough to tackle the topic head-on. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to act those scenes. But Kirk Cameron did well. Very well. (*sidenote, I had his poster on my wall when I was 14. On the trip home, all our youth group girls were talking about how cute that actor-guy was. Ewww!)

Within 24 hours, Chris had apologized to me about a dozen times....for any of the old hurts he'd ever caused. It touched him. It touched him deeply. He almost thought about crying in the theatre. That just doesn't happen. He mentioned to our Youth Pastor that he had almost cried. Roy just looked at him, aghast, "Man, I bawled my eyes out!"

Chris bought the book the next day. We don't see each other much, but I feel treasured all day long knowing that he's trying with what time we do have. Here is an online version of the book. I'm using every ounce of self-control to NOT read it.


Jennie C. said...

I watched Facing the Giants a few months ago, and I remember thinking, "How corny!" And I sat there on the floor, 'cause thats where I watch TV from, wondering why a movie that doesn't shy away from God is "corny". Anyway, I thought it was well done, and I'll rent Fireproof when it comes out. It's getting a lot of good reviews, though reading yours and knowing there's a lot of old (and new) hurts in our marriage, I'm not so sure I'm looking forward to it anymore!

Shanna said...

We watched this over the weekend as well. I think as far as Christian movies go, this was definitely the best filmed and acted.
It was challenging to watch and there were many scenes that I "didn't like"...only because they hit too close to home. It's funny how watching a movie or reading a book can open up old wounds.
I thought Facing the Giants was corny, but I didn't think this movie was corny at all...well, except the mushy scenes, but I always think mushy scenes are corny...that's just me.

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