Wednesday, February 25, 2009

This is the month of Love. And at our church, we’re doing the 40 Days of Love. It’s been pretty cool to see how things relate so much to love.
My husband and I host a small group in our home. So we were reviewing that night’s DVD session, talking about patience, and all of a sudden, our teenaged daughter threw open her bedroom door and yelled down, “D’ya mind? I’m sleepin’ up here and that TV is blarin’!”
Patience. The very word was flashing on the screen at that time. Allan and I exchanged a look. How could we justify sarcasm, or yelling or getting mad? A miracle happened. We both kept our mouths shut.
Then, we did something that was equally incredible. We watched a romance movie together. Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m a romance writer. I should be watching tons of them, right? Well, I’m probably the only romance writer in the world who’d rather watch a Star Trek movie instead.
But I have to say, I absolutely loved the movie! It was such a perfect movie to compliment our 40 Days of Love. It’s called Fireproof, and I recommend it highly.
All right, I know the critics slashed it. But hey, that’s why they’re called critics. They hate everything. And I know that it wasn’t the most technically perfect movie. There were some mistakes, like the firefighter taking off his mask inside the smoky house. But it touched me. It reached out and showed me nuances and hidden meanings and I actually understood them all. I thought about the movie for days and realized that it doesn’t have to be a perfect movie to be a good movie. It just has to have heart, which this movie has.
It’s about love. God’s love, our love. They mix and mingle and sometimes they don’t mix at all. And Fireproof has touched the lives of some of our friends. One is doing the same thing done in that movie with his wife, hoping to win her back.
Watch it, invite friends over. Talk about it. The Love Month is almost over, it’s still the perfect time .

9 comments:

PamelaTracy said...

I almost purchased the movie but remembered what the critics said and so I didn't. You've convinced me. I'm gonna get it.

Barbara Phinney said...

Pamela, you won't regret it. I've found that what the readers/moviegoers and such love, are often panned by the critics. We react honestly to what touches our hearts and this movie touch mine.
It's like what many authors claim in that the stories that the reviewers hate often get the most mail and earn the highest which means that those stories are connecting with readers.
After you watch it, let me know what you think.
Barbara

Vince said...

Hi Barbara:

I think it is almost axiomatic that the critics would not like 'Fireproof'. My wife’s church showed the movie in its large auditorium. I understand many other churches have shown the movie.

The church likes 'Fireproof'; the critics don’t. What better recommendation is there? We will watch the DVD when we figure out how to set up our new HDTV.

Vince

Barbara Phinney said...

Vince,
We just got a new flat TV and it was our friends that called to say they'd rented to movie and would we like to see it on "the big screen". It was actually the same evening one of our town's biggest churches showed it. (I rather liked watching it at home)
I hope you can get that TV up and running.
I've had calls asking about the movie since I got up at church and praised it.
Thanks
Barbara

Debby Giusti said...

Barbara,
I've heard so many great comments about Fireproof. I looked for it last week in our DVD rental store, but all the copies were out. Maybe this week! Thanks for mentioning the film.

Vince, great to see you on this blog. Stop back again, okay?

PamelaTracy said...

Hey, Vince, good to see you here at the suspense site!

Leann said...

Barbara,
I heard Kirt Cameron on our local Christian radio station one morning when I was driving to work. He said a church in Altanta produced the film. All the people who acted in the movie were volunteers. He was one of the few people paid. It's a wonderful testimony.

Vince said...

Hi Debby and Pam:

Thanks for the welcome. I have read very few LI Suspense novels. (They do not come in large print – though now there are some eBooks available.) So I may be looking and learning for a while until I get up to speed. Thanks again.

Vince

Barbara Phinney said...

Vince, LISuspense are now available through Thorndike Press, in large print, but they are expensive and mainly geared to the libraries, so you may want to check there for them.
I read some info on Kirk Cameron, too, and on the movie and it was really interesting. Did you know that Kirk didn't want to kiss any woman but his wife? So check out the last scene where they are silhouetted and see if you can spot something unique. (grin)
I read that that local fire dept also supported the movie, too, which is just wonderful, and that movie outdid Facing The Giants.
I have not seen that movie but I hear a lot of good things about it.
So, please everyone, stop by or email me if you see the movie, and tell me what you think!