Monday, February 3, 2014

Kirk Cameron's Unstoppable DVD {Review and Giveaway}


You may remember Kirk Cameron from his role as "Mike Seaver" on Growing Pains back in the 80's or maybe as his role in Fireproof in 2008 or most recently from his film Monumental which came out last year. He's back with a new film: Unstoppable, Where is God in the Midst of Tragedy and Suffering? This film was only in theaters for two weeknights (September 24 and October 3, 2013) and grossed over $3.2 million dollars. In just two nights, this independent project sent a very loud message - audiences are longing for thought-provoking and meaningful entertainment.

The film was inspired by the death of 15 year old Matthew Sandgren, son of James and Marci Sandgren, friends of the Cameron family. When a cancer diagnosis is given, when a child dies, when facing suffering, we may ask "where is God?" or "why didn't God heal him?" or other weighty questions. These are the questions Kirk asked, as well, which led him to go back to the very beginning to look at who God is, where man and woman began, where evil came into the picture. And this is where the documentary suddenly takes a surprising and beautiful twist. All of the sudden, we are taken back to the Garden of Eden. The cinematography is stunning. The portrayal of God creating Adam and Eve evoked quite a few "WOW"s from my crew and me. The serpent was portrayed very creatively (and yes, still creepily). I almost wish that there were more of these biblical scenes scattered throughout the film. Maybe there will be in future film projects. I appreciate the fresh and imaginative perspective. The music is also beautiful and suitable to the different scenes. We had never heard of Warren Barfield but will be looking up his other music, as we loved his song "The Time Is Now" featured on this DVD.

I watched this film with four of my five children. We highly recommend it. (The scene portraying Cain and Abel is graphic and not suitable for young children.) I am thankful that Kirk didn't choose to just say "God is good. God is sovereign. We just have to accept the bad with the good," as is so prevalent in our American Christian culture. Yes, God is sovereign and good. Absolutely. But Kirk goes deeper. He goes to the beginning, back to the garden, to the dirt. He talks about how evil entered, man's response and responsibility, Noah, the tower of Babel, Jesus - where everything changed,  and concludes that through going on this journey, he is more confident than ever that life wins over death, good wins over evil and light wins over darkness. Life is hard. Life is full of challenges, grief and suffering, but God and His character and promises and purposes are unstoppable. 

Take a look at the Unstoppable trailer:




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And thanks to the folks at FlyBy Promotions, I have the opportunity to give away one copy of the Unstoppable DVD to one of my readers

Giveaway Details:
If you would like to enter this giveaway, please leave a comment telling me one thing about yourself (anything that is family friendly, of course!) or one way that you've struggled in your faith. If you do not have any kind of faith, that's okay, too, feel free to say so. This giveaway is open to anyone 13 or older in the US and CANADA. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Giveaway ends: Friday, February 14, 2014 11:59pm ET. Please leave your email address!

Disclaimer:






Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Opinions are my very own.
And the winner, chosen by random.org, is Jennifer Blanton! Congratulations, Jennifer! Please contact me scarlettroyce(at)gmail.com to claim your giveaway prize! Thanks to all who entered, and for those of you who shared your hurts and challenges and pain, thank you and please know that I am praying for you. The Father loves you and wants to bring you comfort and peace.



37 comments:

  1. I would love to win the DVD. I am a homeschool mom of three (2 daughters and 1 son).
    Thanks

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  2. I am a homeschooling mom of 2 (boy/girl twins who are 7). I have loved Jesus all of my life, and am very blessed to be able to say that I grew up with my parents feeding me the Word of God every single day. :)

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  3. I am a former home economics teacher and mother of three boys. I also blog at www.homeecathome.com. I struggle with guilt for a past sin and even though I know God has forgiven me, I still think about it sometimes.

    fmstill@gmail.com

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  4. I am the mother of 4 children and grandmother of 12 grandchildren. I have not seen the Unstoppable yet.

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  5. I'm married for almost 5 years, with 2 little ones. My husband was diagnosed 8.5 months ago with brain cancer. it has been challenging to say the least, but we know God can (and hopefully will!) do amazing things. He already has - my groom is still with us!

    kkc718 at gmail.com

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  6. I am a single mom of four kids and six grandkids and live on a very tight budget. I am struggling with my faith. I am working on drawing closer to God and my bringing my faith back. It would be so nice to win this. Thank you and may God bless you greatly

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  7. Thanks so much for the giveaway Scarlett. It looks like a fantastic movie...a shame though that it wasn't shown to a broader audience. One day though, Christian movies will be in the forefront. Oh, my one thing. I'm the mother of three and my husband and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. Thanks so much for linking up! Have a blessed rest of your week my friend!!

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  8. I've been hoping to get to see Unstoppable! Trusting in Jesus is the only thing that has gotten me through some very difficult times.

    hcwelletn (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  9. I would really love to see this! Thank you for the giveaway, Scarlett. I have been a follower of Jesus Christ for around 26 years now.

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  10. I would love to see this movie. Our family of 5 is spread out all over & will be together next month & would love to watch it together

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  11. Thank you for the give away! I am a SAHM with #5 on the way!

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  12. I am a Christian homeschooling mom of 3 girls. I struggle daily in my faith, but so glad for new mercies every day!

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  13. I am a Christian mom of 3, 2 with disabilities. I have had many opportunities to have a firsthand witness of both how hard life can be and God's faithfulness. Hard times such as the murder of my closest niece, the death of my 40yr old sister to cancer & having 1 child with seizures, psychological issues & Autism & another child who has Autism & was non-verbal for many years have been great challenges our family has had to overcome. My struggle is not in questioning if God can, but if God will. I have seen miracles God has performed, as well as times I wanted a different answer to the struggles I faced. It is not an easy journey & at times I still face doubts. It is then I have to remind myself of God's miracles & mercies & of His promises in His word.

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  14. I am a Christain homeschooling mama of 4 and a pastor's wife. So thankful for God's grace in my life every day!

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  15. I am a stay at home mom with 2 kids. I would love to win this DVD. I think it would be something great to watch with my husband that's not animated lol mc_laws (at) yahoo.com

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  16. I have 9 children and have homeschooled all of them. I have 2 that are still being schooled in my home. I struggle the most with the decisions my adult kids make and that I know I taught them the Word of God and how can they chose that. Then I remember God was a perfect parent and his children rebelled and I thank Him for giving me the example of loving me IN my sin not just when I don't.

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  17. I am "unschooling" my 8 and 13 year old children and we are loving it!!!
    It has truly been a blessing to spend the time together in God's word and watch them grow!
    My relationship with my husband has also flourished ever more than I could have ever imagined. We spend more time together as a family in HIS word than with the worries of this world. Enjoying the journey!

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  18. I am a homeschooling mom of 3. I think this would be a wonderful resource to have and share. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  19. I'm a homeschooling mother of 10 and would love to add this to our family collection.

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  20. My Faith was really challenged in 2007/2008. Thanksgiving my dad got ill. Christmas Day went into hospital. New Year's Day transferred to nursing home. January 14 told he was not going to live much longer -- he wouldn't eat or drink (later found out they weren't taking care of him). January 16 brought home for hospice care. January 18 passed away. January 22 half brother came down for funeral. January 24 kicked brother out of my house for verbally attacking my mother on the day of her husband's funeral. January 28 turned 36 -- not a happy birthday. Hard to keep Faith when dealing so much at once. Then may 1st I was told I had fibromyalgia and would never work again. Harder still to keep Faith when your world falls apart.

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  21. I am a homeschooling mom, and I think this sounds like a great resource to share with my family. I am also a youthgroup leader and I think this sounds like a great resource to share with the youthgroup and the rest of the church.

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  22. I am also a homeschooling mother of 3. I will tell you about a time of strength in the faith. October 2012 my brother died of a massive heartattack, I worked cpr on him for 20 minutes before help arrived but to no avail. November 2012 1 month after my brothers death, my father passed away. At both funerals I was able to witness through the strength that Christ provided me with and to share with people the hope of the blessed gospel that gave me peace.

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  23. I believe in God, Jesus and the holy spirit. I believe God hears because he heard my prayers from me when I prayed for my mother. She was in a coma because of a hit to her head when she fell in her house. I asked God and his angels to help her get better and Thank the Lord she did.

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  24. Hi Scarlett, I am a homeschooling mom of 6 kids. I've been walking with the Lord for nearly 40 years. While I have a Biblical worldview, much of my extended family does not. This DVD would help me to explain some things to them.

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  25. I am a mom with 2 kids, I've been married for 10 years!

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  26. I met Kirk Cameron about a week ago and will be seeing him, Saturday.

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  27. Married for 20+ years with 2 kids, lost a son at age 24

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  28. I'm a homeschooling mom and I'd love to win this dvd!
    ssstotler at gmail.com

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  29. I am a homeschooling mom of a 9 yr old boy, and 2 yr boy, with two older homeschooling graduates. We really enjoyed Kirk Cameron's Monumental movie, and would like to see this one as well. Thanks!

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  30. I am homeschooling my 7th grade daughter for the first time this year, it has been a challenge but I want it to be UNSTOPPABLE!

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  31. We are a homeschooling family - 2 kids. We try to be followers of Christ, living and loving like Him.

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  32. Hello,
    We are a family of 5, and leave on East Coast.
    Last October I took my 14 year old daughter to Switzerland and we did the grape harvest together at some friends'.
    While picking the grapes over there, we met a French guy who was not a believer and who told me: "Look at those beautiful Alps! I am not Christian, and yet when at look at that I think there must be a creator". I promised him next year I'll show him the movie Unstoppable to challenge his view.

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  33. Hi! I would love to win this DVD. Our family has been through a lot over the last several years: a cheating husband (who is now out of the picture), the children & I have lost our home, spent time without a car, were homeless for 7 months, church friends have turned on us,now live 30 miles away in a town we really don't like, because of the distance friends never visit & we have no money to make the drive to visit them, etc. BUT, God has given us a truck & a home that is ours. We have our health, & we have each other. I have always tried to teach my children to look for the silver lining, because even when things are at their darkest, God always provides a silver lining.

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