Tuesday, 19 September 2017

My Top 6 Faith Based/Inspirational Films

I confess...I do enjoy a good, wholesome movie every now and again...  My preferred genre is drama...especially time period dramas...but you probably already know that if you have been a reader of The Diary of a Country Girl for awhile...{{winks}}

However, I do enjoy a good inspirational/Christian film too...I love a deep, well thought out story with good acting, and would love to share a few of my more recent favourites with you...

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Do You Believe? {See Dove Review}
5/5 Stars

A dozen different souls—all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ, even if they don’t yet believe it. When a local pastor is shaken to the core by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a faith-fueled journey that powerfully impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate. 

This is definitely the best faith-based film I have ever seen and would highly recommend it!

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The Ultimate Gift {See Dove Review}
5/5 Stars
Jason thought his inheritance was going to be a gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise. Based on the best-selling book “The Ultimate Gift” by Jim Stovall, the story sends trust fund baby Jason Stevens on an improbable journey of discovery, having to answer the ultimate question: “What is the relationship between wealth and happiness?” Jason had a very simple relationship with his impossibly wealthy grandfather, Howard “Red” Stevens. He hated him. No heart-to-heart talks, no warm fuzzies. So of course he figured that when Red died, the whole “reading of the will” thing would be another simple cash transaction, that his grandfather’s money would allow him to continue living in the lifestyle to which he had become accustomed. But what Red left him was anything but simple. Red instead devised a plan for Jason to experience a crash course on life. Twelve tasks, which Red calls “gifts,” each challenging Jason in an improbable way, the accumulation of which would change him forever.

This is one of my absolute favourite films and it comes highly recommended!
You will laugh and cry...a beautiful, inspirational story...

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The Ultimate Life {See Dove Review}
5/5 Stars 
Between the pressure of running a foundation started by his late grandfather, being sued by his greedy extended family, and seeing his beloved Alexia leave on an extended mission trip to Haiti, Jason Stevens’ world is unraveling. But when Jason discovers the lifelong journal his grandfather began as a Depression-era lad, Red Stevens’ writings transport Jason to a front-row seat on an incredible rags-to-riches ride. With everything he loves hanging in the balance, Jason hopes he can discover THE ULTIMATE LIFE.

This is the sequel to The Ultimate Gift and just as good...  Again, there are many humorous moments throughout this film and yet there is also an element of sadness...this is a film that everyone should see...

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October Baby {See Dove Review}
4/5 Stars 
Not long after Hannah, a college student, experienced increasing anxiety and a sudden collapse, all signs point to the surprising circumstances of her birth. Hannah soon learns from her parents that she was adopted and is the survivor of a failed abortion attempt.
Bewildered, angry, and confused, she turns to her oldest friend, Jason, for support. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his friends on a road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past and find hope for the unknown future.
Along the way, Hannah finds that every life is beautiful, and that life itself can be so much more than what we might have planned.
October Baby brings to life powerful themes of hope, love, forgiveness, and redemption.

This beautiful movie is one every Believer should see... For a more mature audience.

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Woodlawn {See Dove Review}
4/5 Stars
 A gifted high school football player must learn to boldly embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field in WOODLAWN, a moving and inspirational new film based on the true story of how love and unity overcame hate and division in early 1970s Birmingham, Ala.

This is another fantastic film by the Erwin brothers and one we greatly enjoyed...

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4/5 Stars
 Follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

This faith-based film is one I would highly recommend for a more mature audience...

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*Synopsis taken from The Dove Foundation.  I refer to The Dove Foundation for all the movies we choose to watch...  I have found them to be extremely helpful in finding wholesome films for us to watch!

Have you seen any of these faith-based films?  Your thoughts?
Do you have any recommendations you'd like to share?

Blessings and joy to you, dear readers...
Kelly-Anne

16 comments:

Roxanne said...

Hey! I also love period dramas! I can't get enough of those! I watched North and South the other day for the first time and really enjoyed it. I also watched Testament of Youth. I highly recommend that one. Very sad but I loved it! These films you have listed are good too! I especially like October Baby. A few other really good faith based films I have enjoyed are Ben Hur - the latest one, Beyond the Mask and Mom's Night Out - also an Erwin Brothers Film.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Wow! I have not heard of any of these but I want to see them all! Thank you for this wonderful review of them!

Creations By Cindy said...

I've seen several of these movies as well. Thanks for the shout out on these though. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Melinda Wood said...

Dearest Kelly~Anne,

We have a subscription to Pure Flix and that is where I saw the first movie you mentioned, "Do You Believe?". We felt the same about that movie as you! I love period dramas as well and came across one on Pure Flix called, "Beyond the Mask". Roxanne has mentioned it in her comment and it truly is wonderful. The producers and such left it "open" at the end as to make a sequel to it, at least I feel they did. "Let God" is also another period drama that was heart-poundingly good. I have seen your other suggestions on Pure Flix. I have written them down as a reference. Thank you for your input!

Have a "God Moving Your Mountain" kind of day!

xoxo,
Melinda

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I too have not heard of any of these! I will definitely check them out. I'm not much of a movie person and unfortunately, I usually feel faith-based films are sappy and unrealistic (I know, I'm terrible!). I like you enjoy a good period-drama. I've loved watching PBS series like The Paradise, Mercy Street and Call the Midwife.

Cheryl said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to compile this list for us, sweet friend! I hope all is well with you. God bless you!

Olivia Bell said...

Thank you for all the lovely recommendations, Kelly-Anne! I have seen "Risen", and it was very good! I really should see the rest of the films you mentioned, they all look very good! {{smiles}}

Elanor said...

I have not seen any of these, except most of Risen (didn't get time to finish it at my cousin's where I was watching it). But I have been meaning to see Do You Believe? for a long time now. It's sitting, unopened, by my TV:)

Vicky Hunt said...

Oh goodness, these all sound good! The only one I have seen/heard of is WOodlawn and I loved that movie! It was excellent! I will have to look into the others. Thanks for sharing...:) Blessings, Vicky

Paige said...

Thank you for the recommendations Kelly-Anne! :) I've seen all but two of these. I hope you are having a lovely weekend and perhaps another movie-night. ;)

Hamlette said...

The only one of these I've seen is Risen, which I absolutely love. Glad you've seen it too!

Sylvia said...

Hi Kelly-Anne, I too love a good wholesome movie once in a while. These sounds like some I would enjoy. Hope all is well with you and your family. I was off my computer for about 6 weeks and trying to catch up.

Regine Karpel said...

Thank you.

Sylvia said...

Hi Kelly-Anne, it's been a while since your post came through. I am just now trying to catch up with post I've missed. I hope you and your family are doing good.

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

I have seen October Baby and it was wonderful, I had not watched Do You Believe, but at your recommendation, I will look for it. How are you doing dear Kelly-Anne? I think of you often and pray for your precious family with all the loss you've experienced this past year. Praying the blessings of the Lord help with the healing process and that you are settling comfortably into your new home. Hugs to you dear friend!

Susanna Sampson said...

I've heard of several of these, but I haven't watched any of them. Fireproof, Flywheel, Courageous and Facing the Giants (Made by Sherwood Productions and the Kendrick Brothers) are some of my favourite faith-based movies.