You guys! If you follow me on twitter or instagram (or glance over at the sidebar on the left) you know I have been super pumped for this: I had the opportunity to preview a great new movie called Home Run. In the past the Hubs and I have gone to the theaters for movie previews, but this one was cool because we got to have it in our home. The hubby is a pastor at a small church here in SoCal (we’ve talked about this right?) and we also invited some folks from church to watch with us, which was a cool way to get to know people better and form community.
We got the DVD for Home Run and to be honest I wasn’t sure at first because some Christian movies can be cheesy or low-budget looking. I am not trying to be snobby, please… I live on a low budget, but for movies I think this can sometimes turn people off to the message behind the film. I love that Home Run’s message (which is powerful) is not tarnished by bad filming or bad acting.
So the message is one of freedom in Christ. Without having to issue a spoiler alert, here’s the summary from homerunthemovie.com:
Baseball all-star Cory Brand knows what it takes to win in the big leagues. But off the field, with memories of his past haunting him, his life is spiraling out of control. Hoping to save her client’s career and reputation after a DUI and a team suspension, Cory’s agent sends him back to the small town where he grew up. Forced to coach the local youth baseball team and spend eight weeks in the only recovery program in town, Cory can’t wait to return to his old life as quickly as possible. As his young players help him experience the joy of the game, Cory discovers his need to find freedom from his past and hope for his future.
One of my guests for the viewing said afterwards, “I like that this movie was real to life.” Which I felt too. The reactions of the characters seemed real, at one point we wondered if this was based on a true story… but we realized at the end of the movie that this was based on a lot of common themes people have to deal with in life which made it feel like a true story. I personally loved that this movie used real organizations in the story. Young Life and Celebrate Recovery were discussed. Celebrate Recovery has a huge place in my heart. Here’s my story:
When I was first married and only 21 years old, I found out that I had been the victim of abuse as a child. I say “found out” because I literally had blocked it out of my memory. Someone else told me that it had happened and I was devastated. I had no idea how to handle the crazy flood of emotions that I felt, I was angry, confused, and ashamed. I questioned why God would let that happen to me, and even worse, why did He allow me to remember it? I was a Christian, a Bible Major, a Pastor’s wife. But I had no idea how to deal with difficult things. I didn’t know how to have healthy confrontation with my husband (or anyone else) and I had no idea what healthy boundaries looked like. I did not want anyone to know this Pastor’s wife was struggling because I thought as a Christian I was supposed to be almost perfect. A friend confided in me that she had also been abused as a child, but she did not have the insecurity and anger I was dealing with. I wanted the peace and freedom she had. I asked her what she did differently and she said she was working through her stuff at Celebrate Recovery. So I went.
I completed my first step study (that’s 12 steps) one year later. I was a changed woman. All of the shame, guilt, anger, and baggage I had been carrying around with me was gone. The Lord had shown me how to really deal with my problems instead of just cope with the pain. My marriage was now healthy and my relationships were healing, because I was willing to let God change me. Through Celebrate Recovery I learned how to be a healthy adult.
I know first hand that Celebrate Recovery changes lives for the better. I am who I am today because of God’s healing work through Celebrate Recovery. I know that not everyone is a fan of 12 steps, but if you are a believer in Jesus I hope that you are a fan of the healing power of God in all forms. This movie gets to the real things of life; The most important thing – which is getting right with God.
If a movie about how to find freedom appeals to you, or if you are a Celebrate Recovery, Young Life, or 12 step fan, this movie is for you. Home Run premiers in theaters April 19th, to find premiers near you click here. If you there is no premier near your city and you would like to bring Home Run to your theater, you can fill out a form here.
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