Recently I was asked to preview and review a new movie starring John Schneider and Dean Cain - I Am Gabriel. Here's a bit of information about this movie, directed by Mike Norris (Walker Texas Ranger):
Promise, Texas is no place to raise a family. There's no rain, businesses are failing, and the kids can't wait to grow up and move away. Some folks say the town is cursed. But just when things are at their darkest, a mysterious boy wanders out of the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on his back and a strange mat tucked under his arm. He has a message for the people of Promise, but they're slow to listen. They are blind to the similarities between the slow death of the town and their own parched souls. Confronted by their spiritual shortcomings, the town's indignation turns to outrage. Still, the boy holds true to his message: there is no hope without Christ, and Promise can only be remade through earnest communion with the Father. In the end, with his back against the wall - surrounded by skeptics - the boy is forced to reveal his true identity.
I Am Gabriel is a lesson in connecting with those that really matter, whether they be on earth - or in Heaven.
Gracie and I viewed the movie together last week; this morning, I sat down and watched it again with Ashley. While it doesn't strike me as a high-budget film, and at times I'm left thinking that the acting is rather poor, the message that is being proclaimed in this movie is a very important one - and one that we all need to be reminded of - often!
I picked up on something this morning that I didn't notice last week - at the very beginning of the movie, there's a reference to this verse:
"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." ~2 Chronicles 7:14
What a strong message - not only for the town of Promise in this movie, but for the United States. Especially right now!
This is a movie that you can put into the dvd player and watch with your entire family. While there is a brief reference to drug usage, and there's a scene containing a gun, there's nothing that you'd be afraid to share with your kids. And it will definitely stir up some healthy discussions!
NOTE: I received a free copy of the dvd mentioned about in the hopes that I would share about it on my blog. I only post about products that I've used and feel would be of benefit to my readers.