Saturday, September 27, 2008

Fireproof: The Movie

When I posted the lyrics to Slow Fade I didn't realize it was featured in the movie Fireproof. But it fit so well. The couple in the story were slowly letting things (work, saving for a boat, ailing parents, pornography) creep into their marriage and slowly draw them away. It wasn't an overnight thing. Their family didn't "crumble in a day". It was a slow fade.

Wow! What a great Movie. The church that made Facing the Giants just released a new movie called Fireproof starring Kirk Cameron. Our theater was not supposed to get Fireproof. But a local church bought out enough seats to guarantee a good showing. That church then contacted other churches. For the past two weeks, we've had firemen and their wives pre-selling tickets at our church. We went to the 2nd showing (6 pm) and there were very few empty seats. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

While there was a clear presentation of the Gospel, it was not a sappy movie. The Gospel was presented in a way that wasn't forced into the story. And everything didn't magically become perfect once the leading man found God. In fact, the struggles intensified. But he began to put his heart into saving his marriage.

You can see a trailer at the Fireproof website. Here is The Story from the website.

At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.

Growing up, Catherine Holt always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter...just like her daddy. Now, after seven years of marriage, Catherine wonders when she stopped being "good enough" for her husband.

Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks.

As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment: "The Love Dare." Wondering if it's even worth the effort, Caleb agrees-for his father's sake more than for his marriage. When Caleb discovers the book's daily challenges are tied into his parents' newfound faith, his already limited interest is further dampened.

While trying to stay true to his promise, Caleb becomes frustrated time and again. He finally asks his father, "How am I supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects me?"

When his father explains that this is the love Christ shows to us, Caleb makes a life-changing commitment to love God. Andówith God's helpóhe begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife.

But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever...rescuing his wife's heart.

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