Our family recently had the opportunity to preview a new Christian DVD.
Restoring their faith in God and in Life.
Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Ernest has become something of a hermit, but reluctantly comes out of reclusion to help repair the church. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church's beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life.
As I began to watch this, my heart went out to this young man. He was so confused, frustrated, and hurting. His parents were heading toward a divorce, and his world was turning upside down. He desperately needed a father who would be the head and spiritual leader in his home, and instead all his father ever does is yell at him!
Our family appreciated the Christian values and message in this movie. It was encouraging to be able to see God working in the hearts and lives of each member of this family through circumstances they find themselves in after Matthew is assigned to help repair the church and begins to work with Mr. Otto. God is ready and willing to turn our problems around and forgive us when we turn our hearts back toward Him.
We did feel that this movie ended rather abruptly - more like it was the first part of something rather than a stand alone movie. I would also add a word of caution. This is a movie about a broken home, and the parents (particularly the father) yell at each other and their son A LOT especially in the first half of the movie. This may not be appropriate for younger children.
Over all, we did enjoy this story. It has a good message, and a Christian basis.
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