My husband and I watched this film together last night. As the credits rolled, I turned to him and said, “What do you think?” His response was “a cross between a Hallmark movie and an after-school special.”
I have to agree. The plot was formulaic and predictable. The happy ending (although it does involve a death) tied everything up neatly. People are reconciled, the underdog triumphs, conflicts are resolved, wrongs are made right. This seldom happens in real life. There is also some questionable theology for Lutherans, who do not believe a person can “decide” to follow Jesus. God chooses us, we do not choose Him.
That being said, the film was uplifting and will raise your spirits. Sometimes we all just need to be inspired and entertained. It’s a movie you won’t be embarrassed to watch with your children or your Sunday School class. No questionable language or nudity — hooray! It raises plenty of issues to discuss with young people — things like forgiveness, prayer and Bible study.
The basis for the film is this Bible verse:
1 John 5:5 New International Version (NIV)
“ Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.“
Overall Verdict? I give it three stars
For a related post see:
What’s So Wonderful About Webster? by Stephen and Alex Kendrick–Book Review
Webster’s 4th grade class is participating in the school Field Day and Webster is worried — he’s not good at any of the events! This will be the worst day of his life! He prays for a flood, an earthquake, a snow storm or ANYTHING that will save him from the embarrassment of failing in front of everyone.
Of course, we find that Webster is good at something very important, leading and encouraging others. He serves water, makes helpful suggestions, picks the winning relay race team and notices a math error that allows his class to win Field Day. His teacher and classmates praise him for having an important part in their victory.
This engaging tale for grade school children is inspired by the movie, Overcomer. It makes the point that we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made.”(Psalm 139:14) through a story line that children will understand and relate to. Team work and encouragement are highlighted. The Parent Connection page at the end contains a Bible verse, explanation and thought questions for further discussion. The illustrations by Daniel Fernandez are excellent.
VERDICT: 5 stars
If you would like to purchase this book, follow the link below:
The Lutheran Ladies received a free copy of this book in return for an honest and fair review – Disclaimer pursuant to FTC 16 CFR Part 255
For Reviews of other books for children see these posts:
The Society of Extraordinary Raccoon Society by Randall Goodgame–Book Review
GraceFull by Dorena Williamson — Book Review
The Promises of God Storybook Bible by Jennifer Lyell–Book Review