Posts Tagged ‘healing’

Faith Review – True Grit

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True Grit is the 2010 remake of the John Wayne classic. This time, the acclaimed Coen brothers try their hand at creating the story of U.S. Marshall, Rooster Cogburn, in his pursuit of the killer, Tom Cheney. The central character in the story is Mattie Rose, a strong-willed teenage girl whose father has been killed by Cheney. She employs the services of Cogburn in order to exact revenge. In this faith review by Tommy Holderness, you can explore some of the themes related to sin, revenge, justice, and forgiveness — in dialogue with the complicated witness of Scripture.

 

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Faith Review – The Fisher King (1991)

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The Fisher King is a somber yet hopeful story of two men who are brought together by a tragedy, the loss of one man’s wife for which the other man is partially responsible. They each work through the often torturous experience of grappling with grief and guilt, forgiveness and friendship. In this faith review, discussion questions are included for an adult setting, dealing with the difficult interpersonal issues that the film presses.

 

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Faith Review – Extraordinary Measures (2010)

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In the 2010 film, Extraordinary Measures, the difficult and painful issue of terminal illness among children is tackled. The narrative follows the actions of a father with two children who are diagnosed with Pompe’s disease, which will kill them before they reach their teen years. He discovers a medical scientist who may provide the cure, and they relentlessly pursue this end through numerous hoops and struggles. In this faith review, some discussion questions are provided based upon the moral issues involved and the Christian struggle with discerning God’s will.

 

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Faith Review – Patch Adams

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In our culture that values ambition and success, the individual becomes a commodity or a statistic. Whether it is the academy or the hospital or the church, the personal needs of the individual can be lost in our race to greater status and growth. In this faith review of Patch Adams, you can discern these issues as the lead character challenges the impersonal structure of the medical establishment, so that we may recognize the worth and dignity of each person we encounter.  The film is geared toward an adult audience, with themes of sickness and death, but can also be appropriate for discussion with high school youth.

 

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Faith Review – Dolphin Tale

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How might encountering the suffering of others bring us out of our isolated lives? How do we overcome hardships, including physical disability, in our lives together in community? In this faith review, you will discover these themes in the 2011 film, Dolphin Tale. Also included are several discussion questions, both general and from a theological/faith perspective.

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