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I would like to think that everyone has heard the story of the Prodigal Son, but I know in my heart that isn’t the case. Many people do not grow up in a church or even know of God’s existence. Many have been told contrary stories and beliefs. Movies like Confessions of a Prodigal Son allows those who are lost and those who have never heard the story of Jesus’ never-ending love to be told in a way that can reach someone outside of a church.
This movie was created by the efforts of a kickstarter project by a homeschooler beginning a promising Holy-wood career as actor/writer/producer/singer. Now over 50,000 DVDs have been pre-sold, and a few theater premieres are attracting more fans which is amazing in itself. It’s the power of the internet and technology at it’s finest. To reach the masses for Jesus in a gentle yet poignant way. The party scenes showed enough to get the “bad choices” vibe conveyed without crossing a line. I would allow my children to watch this movie if they were teens but my oldest is 12.
If you like faith friendly movies; modern versions of Bible-based stories … or just a good love story about a young man fleeing family and faith with a young woman who just happens to be searching for faith and family … this may be for you. Millennials and their parents are likely to identify with these characters.
Synopsis of Confession of a Prodigal Son:
Confessions of a Prodigal Son is a modern-day retelling of the Prodigal Son story that Jesus famously told.
It is a coming-of-age tale following Sean (Nathan Clarkson) as he rebels and leaves his home, family and father (Kevin Sorbo) to figure out life on his own. Two years later–while still on the journey to find life’s answers–Sean suddenly finds himself questioning everything he thought he knew as he is confronted by a professor (Darwin Harris) who challenges Sean to see his life as a story; a best friend (Azel James) walking a dangerous path; and a strong and beautiful young woman (Rachael Lee) who is on her own journey to answers. Each one of these elements causes Sean to greater examine the choices he is making.
The story is one of drama, laughter, relationships, faith, and redemption, ultimately asking the question “Can broken stories have happy endings?”
I would recommend this movie to pastors, youth pastors or Christian families with teens. I think that this movie would be a great starting point for allowing conversations about college and adulthood. Keeping communication open about the struggles everyone faces while growing in their faith will allow more young people to stay grounded in their faith.