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Courageous is a movie every father should see. It is the best movie on fatherhood I've ever seen. It affected me deeply and I felt that the message of hope was profoundly moving. I was seriously close to tears the entire movie except for the funny parts. I'd laugh and then go right back to feeling like I was going to burst into tears. It was a total emotional roller coaster but one that left me grateful for my own father's roll in my life. I think this movie appeals to such a wide audience because each father in the movie is in a different situation. One is unemployed for a while, another experiences a tragic loss and one reconnects with his child in a meaningful way. This movie also has lots of action and family drama. Believe the good reviews - this movie is amazing.

~The Rebecca Review




5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Transformation, April 17, 2009
If you are contemplating divorce or if your marriage is in trouble I can't think of a better movie to watch that promotes a strong marriage. After reviewing "The Love Dare" I was eager to see FIREPROOF and was not disappointed, in fact I was riveted. For almost the entire movie I was close to tears because the story was so compelling and beautiful. How often do you see people really fighting for their marriage against all odds?

This movie also has some good humor in places but the overall message is quite serious. Kirk Cameron was excellent in the role of Caleb and Erin Bethea is perfect as the neglected wife Catherine. I loved watching Caleb struggle to win back his wife after she declares she wants a divorce. Even though he decides to do the right thing (fight for his marriage) he is still rejected most of the time. Since I'm a Christian I didn't mind the fact that this had a spiritual theme to it. In fact I loved how this movie showed how a relationship with Jesus could help to solve some of life's more complex problems.

To be quite honest this was one of the best movies I've seen this year and I watch a lot of movies that I never review. This movie would make an excellent gift (along with The Love Dare) for anyone who is considering divorce.

~The Rebecca Review


The Love Dare

5.0 out of 5 stars Unconditional Love, January 10, 2009
"The only way love can last a lifetime is if it is unconditional." ~ pg. 46

I haven't seen the movie so I can't compare this book to the one read in the movie. I can however compare this book to numerous books I've read about marriage and I'm here to say that this is one of the best books you could ever read. Instead of dealing with superficial remedies this book goes for the heart of the matter and addresses spiritual growth within a marriage.

Each "devotional" begins with a Bible verse and ends with a "dare." You can read the book two ways. You could read it all in one night, making notes about what you would like to try or simply read one dare a day. I chose to do the former and wrote down 21 ideas I would really try or have been trying. Since I read a lot of marriage books I was already trying out some of the ideas in this one. Some of the suggestions included:

Buy something that says "I was thinking of you."
Give a back massage - Massage Bar by LUSH
Say: "I choose to love you."
Be patient - not angry

While this can at times be a more serious book there is also some humor like "welcome to fallen humanity." Sometimes you just have to look at your marriage in a more humorous way, after all we are only human trying to reach for the divine.

The advice in this book will not only make your marriage better it will also transform you from the inside out. You will literally become a more loveable person, therefore being more attractive to your mate. I loved the ideas in this book and wrote out my favorite dares on one sheet of paper so I could remember to follow the advice on a continual basis. If you are looking for more books on this subject, I can recommend:

Cracking the Communication Code: The Secret to Speaking Your Mate's Language

How to Get Your Husband to Talk to You

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate

Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs

For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men

The New Physics of Love: The Power of Mind & Spirit in Relationships (Six Cassettes and Study Guide Box Set)

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex

Who's Pushing Your Buttons?

~The Rebecca Review



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