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Redeeming Love Movie Review

Redeeming Love Movie Review

TRIGGER WARNING:  This movie should be watched with parental guidance due to SEVERE and HIGHLY ADULT content.  If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you are not alone.  Please reach out RAINN 24/7 and they can help you.

You are worthy.

You are enough.

You are capable.

You are good.

You are kind.

You deserve love.

It is not your fault.

Assault is not your choice, it is the freewill of man.  All people who choose to sexually assault others should be punished to the fullest extent.  Please seek help from a friend, pastor, and/or counselor.

Redeeming Love Movie Review

Redeeming Love a life-changing story of the power of unconditional and all-consuming
love.  It is coming to theaters January 21, 2022!  You and your friends will walk away impacted by the perfect, relentless love of the Father after watching the film

Synopsis:

Based on the bestselling novel by Francine Rivers, REDEEMING LOVE is a powerful
story of relentless love and perseverance as a young couple’s relationship clashes with the
harsh realities of the California Gold Rush of 1850.

Angel expects only pain from those around her. Sold into prostitution as a child, Angel sur-
vives with hatred towards herself and the men that use her. She meets Michael Hosea, a
farmer who believes God wants Angel to be his wife. Dire circumstances force Angel to ac-
cept his proposal, but when Michael defies her bitter expectations, her wounded heart be-
gins to mend.

As Angel encounters a love unlike anything she ever experienced, feelings of unworthiness
and shame cause her to run from a life she doesn’t think she deserves. As Michael sets out
to find her, Angel discovers there is no brokenness that love can’t heal.

About The Bestselling Novel

Based on the bestselling novel by Francine Rivers, REDEEMING LOVE  is a powerful story of relentless love and perseverance as a young couple’s relationship clashes with the harsh realities of the California Gold Rush of 1850. It is a life- changing story of the power of unconditional and all-consuming love. Coming to theaters January 21, 2022, REDEEMING LOVE  shows there is no brokenness that love can’t heal.

My Thoughts

Trigger warnings all over the place within the first 30 minutes.  Trauma, adultery, prostitution, violence, semi-nudity…makes my heart hurt.  I almost turned it off.  Then Mr. Hosea comes around and he meets Angel.  The girl who was loved by her mother, abandoned by her father, watched her mother do unthinkable things to provide for her daughter, lost her mother (tragically), and then followed in her footsteps.

Rough Week

Frankly, I’ve had an emotional week altogether and I’m not emotionally prepared for this film, but I am pressing on because, again, now I’m vested.  I can honestly say, I have never read the book so I have no expectations of book versus movie.  There is no time to read in my world.  I’m very busy, though I love a good book.  We shall see if I pick it up.  I can tell you the first 30 minutes triggered the snot out of me, so I’m internally working on processing that.

Isn’t it amazing how films or books can do that to a person.  Anyway, the cinematography and videography is amazing.  Also the costuming and makeup is on point.  The acting is really good and so far, I have seen one familiar face.  Famke Janssen was in the Taken movies, so that was a face I recognized immediately.   Unexpectedly, it has Eric Dane (aka McSteamy) in the film as well.  Josh Taylor (Roman from Days of our Lives) and Nina Dobrev.

Continued Thoughts

Uhm, yep…this is disturbing.  The content is not what I would have ever thought it would be coming from Momentum.  I know that there is a moral and redemption at the end but this has been a very difficult film to review.  It is very similar to the book Hosea.  Reading that book and seeing it depicted on screen are 2 different things.

I’m struggling.  Being a survivor of sexual assault, this has triggered me and 5000 kinds of ways.  I get it.  I understand the underlying meaning and how God can bring glory in ALL situations.  I know this is loosely based on the book of Hosea.  I get it.  Truly, I do.  Yet, I struggled with completing this review.

I just finished the film.  Honestly, I am a wreck.  This is a lot to process for me.  The ending was beautiful.

Please, if you choose to go and see this, know that God is bigger.  He does not ordain these types of things to happen.  He is not a God that seeks pleasure in the assault of others.  Yet, freewill is a bitch.  The prince of the earth, satan, is evil and will take great pleasure in destroying people.

News flash:  I’ve read the last page of the story.  God wins.  He is good all the time and all the time, He is good.

Links

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Redeeming Love Trailer

Disclosure:

Many thanks to Universal for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opin-
ions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

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Quite side note, I already have doves tattooed on my forearm.  They are the universal animal for hope.  I may, just may add the broken chains because what a beautiful image that brings in Figuring Out How to Release Control.

Last Night

A lot of things happened.  You can read about most of it from yesterday’s post.  There are some other things that occurred that should have rocked me to my core.  Let me backtrack.  It did.  The revelation bothers me immensely BUT I had peace.

I can count on one hand how many times I’ve experienced peace that surpasses all understanding.  Last night was one of those nights.  Maybe I was still in a moment of grief and sadness due to the loss of people I held dear to my heart.  Maybe it was God’s sweet way of just hugging me.

I don’t know.

I do know, however, that today, I’m still in that headspace.  Now, my body is certainly continuing to keep the score with what is happening physically but mentally and emotionally, I am okay.  This is a huge deal for me.  Normally, it takes me days to recover from such an encounter.

It is often that I will get angry (fear and/or sadness), I will wilt under the pressure when it is dark and cry myself to sleep.  There are many times that I just leave and go for a drive in order to keep it all pushed down.

I did not do that this time.

This time, I sought wisdom from friends.  I let them do the heavy lifting because they are not in the moment and can see things objectively.  There was a realization that I could not do that and if I tried, things would escalate.

Then, I reached out to 3 people I consider to be prayer warriors.  When in doubt, let God deal with it.  My husband was a huge support as he chose to lead this issue instead of watching me flounder.  This has been a past experience and I’m glad that he stepped up for us both.  Lastly, I contacted my child’s physician and got an appointment for this morning.  We were all three able to talk, calmly, and come up with a plan.

Breath Prayers

As I finished out the night, afraid for the soul of this child and for what I know is to come, I simply prayed “God, do something.”  In that moment, it was impressed on me that He will do something.  It may not be what I want or think is right.  Also, it may not be in the time that I want it done (like right now).  He will do something because he loves this child more than I do and He has plans to prosper and not to harm this child.  I just have to rest and be silent (Ex. 14:14).

It is hard for me to be silent because I want my intentions, thoughts, and opinions to be heard.  The Lord spoke to me and just told me to stop.  Stop this hyper-obsessing over things that I have no business interjecting in.

It is simply not my place and not my business.  My place is working through my own issues holding up my husband.  To work on my walk with Him and learn how to surrender.  My type A personality does not groove with that type of talk.

Releasing It…Again

So, again, I released all the things that were plaguing my thought process.  Cluttering my mind, keeping me up at night, and dictating my actions.  I went through each kid, each issue, each problem and I just gave it up.

Lest we forget, I’m human and live in a fleshly body, so it is common place to find myself doing this thing over and over until I reach glory.  For now, I’m at peace.  Now, I pray about it and leave it at the feet of Jesus.

Do I wish He would do things my way and in my time?

Heck yes.

Will He do so?

Absolutely not.

Will it be okay even if He doesn’t do XYZ?

Yes, because His ways are higher than my ways.

I can say, for today (and hopefully forever) that I am at peace.

Today, that is a win for me.

 

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Today is only Tuesday night and this week has already completely caused a mental, physical, and emotional breakdown.  A dear friend passed away and in my grief for his family, I went through the motions of the day.  I hauled kids back and forth to work and school.  The house was clean, appointments made, dinners planned, and then I was alone.

I found myself at Hobby Lobby and that is not a good place to be when you are having a moment.  There are moments where you are listening to Christmas music and then there are the old time hymns that my friend loved.  I kept my mask on because my tears were flowing and I was trying to hide the ugly cry.

As I was pondering the things that kept appearing in my cart, I called to talk to one of my son-in-laws.  I needed some advice on something and he found out I was, indeed, at Hobby Lobby.  The excitement in his voice was palpable.  I was in the throes of hysteria and he was thrilled I was in the store.

That boy.

I told him that there was something in there that I was going to get for Apollo but I wasn’t sure about it.  He assured me that Apollo needed whatever it was that I had picked out.  Everything in Hobby Lobby is good and safe to purchase, including the shopping cart.

As we are discussing what I have and what I actually needed him for, this object caught my eye and I lost it.  I stated that I had just found a hot pink flamingo with a crown and that I didn’t need it but I wanted it.  That everyone needs a crown every now and then.  It was only $12 but it wasn’t on sale.

He was THRILLED and said that I, of course, needed it.  That it would be awesome to have and it was okay that I buy it because it is from Hobby Lobby. I put it in my cart and cried when I handed it to the cashier.  I told her I didn’t need it and she thought I made a great purchase.

Running into Old Acquaitance

As I was leaving, I ran into an old acquaintance who I grew up with.  Our families were good friends and we were always together when we were young.  I knew her dad had had Alzheimer’s and was not well.  Also, her mom, amazingly, was his sole caregiver.

I was shocked to see her after 30 years and asked if she moved back to town.  That is when she told me that she was only in because…her dad just died…I was speechless.  After the loss of my friend that morning and now the loss of someone that I truly loved and respected as a child was gone.  It was a good thing, he is with Jesus and singing his sweet heart out but still.  It is hard for those left behind.

We chatted and caught up a bit and then we parted again.  I called my Oak and cried all the way home.  I walked in the door and just laid on Bart sobbing.  He is a good man.  He knew my one friend but didn’t know or meet my other friend, Buddy.  He just let me cry.

I got out my purchases to show Bart.  I told him that we were officially done with Christmas.  Then, I got to the bag with my flamingo.  Through my sobs, I told him I could take it back because I didn’t need it and didn’t want to waste his money on something so frivolous.  He told me that he loved it and I could keep it.  It isn’t that big of a deal and it made me happy.  I told him that Arkie encouraged me to buy it because it was from Hobby Lobby (his love of this store warms my heart.)

So, meet my pink friend…

Hard Week Leading Up to Christmas

Isn’t she glorious???!!!

There have been other things that are really really tough that have happened.  Prayers are truly appreciated for the families that lost loved ones this week, for those affected by the tornadoes, for those who are lost, and for my daughter whom we miss and is not with us this year.

God is good.  I will love Him through this storm.  I just have to keep my eyes above the waves.  This week, I have sort of felt like I was drowning.  This too shall pass…like a kidney stone.

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