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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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Dear Wolves in Sheeps Clothing

Dear Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing,

I will endearingly refer to you as “Wolves in Sheeps Clothing” because if the shoe fits….  What you meant for evil, the Lord meant for good.  By evil, I mean coveting my family dynamics, lying, using your position to invade my family, and preying on the mental illnesses of others.  As we say in the south “bless your hearts.”  I mean God love you, you tried.  You didn’t just try once, but you tried twice.  Then, you abused your position by trying a third time.

Guys, you are winners, now aren’t you?  I know you are a family of avid sports and it must suck to lose so badly to a “non-sporty” person like me.  Dang it for you…just dang it.  It must be a sad day for you because you just couldn’t take our son from us.  Oh, you tried…with all your shiny things and the money you threw at him.  For a brief moment, he was a kid who liked the shiny things.  Then, he began seeing things that you both didn’t want him to see.  The Lord shines Light on ALL darkness.  What darkness you live in.

I can honestly say, he is pretty awesome but he is mine.  I mean, from before the Lord created the Earth, He knew each and every one of my children.  If you knew Him like I know Him, you would get that but you clearly don’t.  Maybe one day you will.

Instead of trying to hurt us, you could’ve practiced what God talks about in His Word.  If you need some help in that area, I am happy to send you a Bible with highlighted verses.  Pretty much all of it will be highlighted because the Word is His love story to His children.  I, and my family, are His children.  Are you?

The Lord knew what He was doing when he placed your 2 perfect children in your home through birth.  He knew what He was doing when he placed 3 imperfect children in my home through birth and 4 imperfect children through the beauty of adoption.  The only Perfect Person to ever grace this Earth was Jesus Himself.  You and your husband are not Jesus.  You have tried to be, but again, you were foiled.

I am truly sorry that your token child (aka my child) is no longer allowed to associate with you because of your epically poor decisions, lies, deceit, and lack of belief in who God is.  You are completely missing out on the beauty of who this child is and what he stands for.

It must be hard raising kids who do no wrong but I can see now that the apples do not fall far from the perfect tree they were created in.  Ya know, I always wondered what it was like to be God, Himself, I should have asked you before I booted you out of our lives.  Geez, I could have found all the answers.

I am so glad that you are using your “name” to further the Kingdom by truly and completely living the lives of wolves in sheeps clothing. As talked about in Matthew 7:15-23.

Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  So then, by their fruit you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’

Aw, you play the part.  Your family’s family has all established a church and you are solid, to the naked undiscerning eye.  Isn’t your church the one that experienced a fracture?  Were you a part of that?  Wouldn’t surprise me.  Maybe I could do some asking around.  Yet, you are one of those people who are sitting in the pew believing you are saved, but never had a salvation experience.

That’s sad.

I hope that you become aware of that and that you can know the true love of a Savior.  That salvation does not come from works but from grace.  I saw you way back when you eyeballed my son when he was 6 and I ignored it.  Stupid me.  He isn’t a prize to be won.  He is MY son and MY son alone.  I simply allowed him to grace your presence because I want everyone to know how amazing he is.  Sad you won’t ever see that now.

I know you read my blog, see us at games, shake your troubled head at his “misfortune” of parents but that is as close as you will ever get to him.  He is wise beyond his years and he sees so much more than you ever gave him credit for.

You have truly allowed Scripture to JUMP off the pages in Matthew 7:1-6.

“Do not judge, or you will be judged.  For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to notice the beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while there is still a beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls before swine. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”

I do not believe I have never EVER had your feet under my table.  As much as I like to have people over, who are honest and good, I guess my spirit knew that you and your spouse were neither of those things.  It was my folly that I even allowed you to be a small part of my precious son’s life.  I’m thankful the Lord has erased his memory of you and what little may be left, you have taught him (and me) some valuable lessons.

You have taught me about judging others without knowing the FULL context of their lives.  You, wolves, will also be judged.  Good luck with that.  This time has taught us to be mindful of the plank in our eyes and to adjust, pray, ask forgiveness, forgive, and show mercy without judging the speck in your and your husband’s eye.

The Lord protected us from your invasion and harm.  He shielded us with a hedge of protection from the angels above.  Honestly, I did want to seek revenge and I plotted that revenge out, in detail, in my head.  Today, I stand on Truth.  Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight my battles.  I simply have to be still.”

Dear Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

Girl (and husband), you better watch it cause He is on our side, I am heeding His voice of being still, and He will judge your actions.  There is nothing I can do that will hold a candle to His judgement.  I’m so glad for that.

I wanted you both to suffer the pain and loss that I suffered.  You will never know that but again, what little you know does not compare to the JOY He has brought after the darkness.  He has brought peace, understanding, knowledge, wisdom, and a stronger family unit than ever before.  It is sad you may never experience that.

Glad you are OUT of our lives,

Brandi