Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Family movie night with Letters to God

Yesterday the new movie Letters to God came out on DVD. I made plans to pick up dinner from Little Caesars and go to Blockbuster to rent the movie, but when I went to WalMart to get my prescription I saw that they had the movie for sale for only $13.00. If you are a movie fanatic like we are you know that is a good deal for a new movie. I knew this was going to be an awesome movie just from seeing the preview. I have to admit that I cried during the preview.

Here is the story line from the web page for the movie:

The Story
A heartfelt tale of inspiration, hope and redemption, Letters to God is the story of what happens when one boy’s walk of faith crosses paths with one man’s search for meaning—the resulting transformational journey touches the lives of everyone around them.

Tyler Doherty (TANNER MAGUIRE) is an extraordinary eight-year-old boy. Surrounded by a loving family and community, and armed with the courage of his faith, he faces his daily battle against cancer with bravery and grace. To Tyler, God is a friend, a teacher and the ultimate pen pal—Tyler’s prayers take the form of letters, which he composes and mails on a daily basis.

The letters find their way into the hands of Brady McDaniels (JEFFREY S.S. JOHNSON), a beleaguered postman standing at a crossroads in his life. At first, he is confused and conflicted over what to do with the letters. Overtime he begins to form a friendship with the Doherty family – getting to know not just Tyler but his tough, tender yet overwhelmed mom (ROBYN LIVELY), stalwart grandmother (MAREE CHEATHAM) and teen brother Ben (MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER BOLTEN) -- who are each trying to stand strong against the doubts that come with the chaotic turn their lives have taken.

Moved by Tyler’s courage, Brady realizes what he must do with the letters, a surprise decision that will transform his heart and uplift his newfound friends and community –in an exhilarating act of testament to the contagious effect of one boy’s unwavering faith against the odds.

Inspired by a true story, Letters to God is an intimate, moving and often funny story about the galvanizing effect one child’s belief can have on his family, friends and community.

My Thoughts
I won't ruin the movie and tell you more than the description above but I will say that this is truly an amazing story about courage, faith, friendship, sacrifice and love. Sometimes people, including Christians, think that God is only working if He performs a miracle. What we fail to realize is that He is always performing miracles but we have to open our eyes and see them. In this true story movie, the letters that this sick, 8-year old boy, Tyler, writes to God inspires a whole community. There are many miracles performed, including Tyler leading a boy in school to Christ. The greatest thing about this particular boy is that he is the "mean" kid at school and picks on Tyler when he comes back to school bald. There are other miracles with Tyler's family, the mailman, and others in the community. I cried through this movie and was touched tremendously! In fact, my 2 kids were a little upset with me when I told them they could not play but instead had to sit with their dad and I to watch this movie. During the movie, though, they did not move at all. As a family we were touched and as an individual I was touched. This will be one of those movies that are showed in churches all around the world and I pray that communities everywhere are touched by the message that God has given to us through the story of Tyler.
Click on the link below to go to the web page and see more on the movie.
The Movie - Letters to God, a Possibility Pictures Production

You can also see the trailer for the movie here.

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