‘Fireproof’ ~ CFDb Movie Review
Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter’s adage: Never leave your partner behind. Inside burning buildings, it’s his natural instinct. In the cooling embers of his marriage, it’s another story. After seven years of marriage, Caleb and Catherine Holt have drifted so far apart that they are ready to move on without each other. Yet as they prepare to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb’s dad asks his son to try an experiment: The Love Dare.
While hoping The Love Dare has nothing to do with his parents’ newfound faith, Caleb commits to the challenge. But can he attempt to love his wife while avoiding God’s love for him? Will he be able to demonstrate love over and over again to a person that’s no longer receptive to his love? Or is this just another marriage destined to go up in smoke?
Fireproof is the third feature film from Sherwood Pictures and the Kendrick Brothers—the creators of Facing The Giants & Flywheel. With hope-filled storytelling, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church continues touching the world from Albany, Georgia. As seen in theaters nationwide, Fireproof has had millions of all ages laughing and crying as they are inspired by this story of perseverance and commitment.
Now in all fairness to my recommendation, I had mixed emotions about the film itself. I really liked parts of this film. It was a little slow in some other parts. I really liked the acting in this film, but I can’t seem to get past Kirk as a teenage actor. He still looks so young to me, that it’s hard to imagine him as old enough to be a Fire Chief.
What comes across clearly is how most marriages, sad to say, are more like this picture above…the blame game. It’s difficult for us, as humans, to accept responsibility for our own actions or failures and it somehow makes us feel better to blame someone else. Unless, of course, you are a Christian, then the Holy Spirit brings conviction and awareness to your sin, so you repent and move forward AND accept responsibility when you need to.
This is one of my FAVORITE scenes in this movie. This is where the husband really proves to the wife that he has changed. This is a turning point and it should bring conviction to all those watching the film where we each can change to make our marriages better.
FUNNY story about this movie – first and ONLY time this ever happened. For some odd reason, when we sat down in the movie theater it seemed more convenient to place our huge bag of popcorn in between us so we took up 3 seats instead of two.
As the movie was playing I realized that people must be looking at us and thinking, they REALLY need this movie. Not sure what we were thinking at the time but it did make the movie even more memorable!
Now for the BEST part of my review is about the book based on the movie – “LOVE DARE” – WOW, what a book! This is a life changing book. This book is incredible! I would recommend this book for ANYONE! It works for any relationship (up to a certain extent of course!) The amazing part about this book is that if it doesn’t save your marriage, it will save or increase your relationship with God.
Many marriages have been saved as a result of this book. The book will only work if one person in the part of the relationship commits to actually doing what the book suggests. We are all given free will so not everyone will choose to stay if they are committed to leaving a marriage.
Other than the Bible itself, I recommend this book to people more than any other book I’ve read. It’s that great!
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