Healed by Grace

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Dove Approved: All Ages

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UPC: 095163884840

ISBN: 9780740327971

Categories: Closed CaptioningDramaInspirationalTeen

Actors: April OberlinLaDonna PettijohnLarry BowerMichael WilhelmNatalie WeeseTommy Beardmore

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Healed by Grace

When a horrific accident shatters her dreams of becoming a world class dancer, Riley Adams (Natalie Weese) clings to her faith, determined to recover in time for the national competition. Refusing to let rival dance student Alea's merciless teasing for Riley's Christian beliefs stand in her way, Riley fights to regain mobility. When the college student discovers equine therapy, she develops a special bond with a beautiful mare named Grace and finds an unexpected romance.

From the excitement of elite dance competition to the heartwarming horse ranch where Riley rediscovers her will to succeed, Healed By Grace is a charming and heart-wrenching reminder that God's grace can appear in the most unexpected places. Awarded the Dove Foundation's highest honor of five doves, writer/director David Matthew Weese's movie tells a crowd-pleasing story of courage and faith that the entire family will enjoy.

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Dove Approved: All Ages
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Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: David Matthew Weese
Director: David Matthew Weese
Producer: David Matthew Weese
Runtime: 112 min.
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Dove Worldview:

Now here is a family friendly movie well worth watching! Riley Adams is a Christian girl who gives a presentation on the Great Flood in her college class where she is a sophomore. That is, "Noah's flood", something which causes a few eye rolls but the class is used to the "Bible thumper" who, actually, is a very nice girl and not a thumper of Bibles at all. On the other hand, Aleah doesn't seem like a nice person at all. She makes fun of Riley for her beliefs and is her main competition in the dance class they both have a passion for.

Riley goes very far toward realizing her dream but then a tragic event changes the course of her life and she learns to trust God to find out what path she should take. It turns out to be a surprising one but one which opens up many opportunities for her. This movie demonstrates very well that every cloud has a silver lining and that former foes can indeed become friends. The movie features humor too such as when a trainer wears a girl's flip flops so she can wear his boots to ride a horse. The music is terrific too, especially a song which features the lyrics, "Jimmy Stewart really got it right, it's a wonderful life." Natalie Weese is terrific as Riley as is the rest of the cast. The director, David Matthew Weese, does a wonderful job in giving the viewer an interesting story with realistic characters. This one is not to be missed!

We are happy to award this movie our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal and we rate it at five Doves, our highest rating. This is a movie the entire family can enjoy together.

Content Description:

Sex: Kissing between a young couple.
Language: Man says another character is a "tool"; a girl is encouraged to "kick butt" at a competition.
Violence: A car crash that is mainly seen with flashing lights and the sound of the crash; a young man says he keeps busy with work when his parents fight.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Girls in shorts to perform dance; mild cleavage.
Other: A man at a stable says he does not want to take care of a cripple but we learn he has a softer side too; a girl is referred to as a "Bible thumper"; a girl spills water on the floor so a dancer will slip during her routine; a girl is heartbroken following the loss of some of her skills.