Live to Forgive

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Dove Approved: 12 and over

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UPC: 095163883898

ISBN: 9780740324918

Categories: DocumentaryDrama

Actors: Dean Eric SmithKent BeesonRiley Morton

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Live to Forgive

Could you forgive the man who murdered your mother? After Dean Smith's stepfather, Bob, beats his wife to death with a baseball bat, Dean spends years plotting a bitter revenge, but when the Seattle man's inner turmoil becomes too much to bear, Dean turns to God for help with overcoming his suppressed anger. After building his faith and his relationship with Jesus, Dean becomes a preacher, and with God's guidance, he finds forgiveness and even love for his stepfather.

Culminating with Dean's first meeting with his father in 23 years and Bob's confession, this true story traces Dean's extraordinary journey through years of hatred and drug abuse to make peace with his feelings about his stepfather. A powerful documentary about faith and redemption, Live to Forgive gives viewers the courage to free themselves of their own burdens and the inspiration to put aside the past.

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Dove Approved: 12 and over
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Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Skip Moody
Director: Skip Moody
Producer: Lenville O'Donnell
Runtime: 82 min.
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Dove Worldview:

Compelling. Powerful. Inspiring. This documentary, a true-life story of forgiveness, will stir some viewers to tears but it is because of the amazing power of God's forgiveness. This DVD documents Dean Eric Smith's journey in forgiving the man who murdered his mother in 1986 by striking her with a baseball bat. Dean himself narrates this program and we see him interact with various friends and relatives. We learn that Dean struggled through many years of bitterness and resentment and anger before becoming a Christian and answering the call to the ministry. It was after this calling that God began to prompt Dean to contact his former stepfather by phone, and then to go visit him in person so his stepfather could begin to forgive himself.

The viewer's anticipation and curiosity grows when the DVD shows Dean at the airport and walking toward the man who killed his mother for the first time in many years. The viewer sees their reunion and the subsequent events. Without giving anything away, it is well worth watching and may leave the viewer with a dropped jaw in just what God can do when people practice forgiveness. We highly recommend this DVD for ages twelve plus although parents will probably encourage their mature children under twelve to watch it as well. This could be a great tool for churches to use in teaching on the subject of forgiveness. We gladly award this inspiring DVD five Doves, the highest rating we can give. Watch it and it might just change your life!

Content Description:

Sex: Marital infidelity is mentioned.
Language: None
Violence: The events of the murder of a woman are told in the documentary; a man tells of his disagreements with his wife; a man shares he wanted to kill another man at one point but later he forgives this man.
Drugs: A few photos with people with alcohol including wine; it's mentioned someone used marijuana; a man speaks of the pain prescriptions he took.
Nudity: Photo of a shirtless man.
Other: A family's shock in learning of the death of a mother and a father's arrest is announced; scriptures are given and prayer and part of a sermon in church; a man's failed suicide attempt is mentioned; the struggle to forgive and one person states she doesn't have it in her to forgive; divorce and remarriages are discussed.