February 24, 2013


"Samantha Crawford is living a storybook life: she’s happily married, she lives on a ranch where she keeps her beloved horse, and the stories she’s told and illustrated since childhood have become published books. When her husband Billy is killed in a senseless act of violence, Sam loses her faith and her will to live. But a death-defying encounter with two children leads to a reunion with Joe, her oldest friend.

Inspired by true events, UNCONDITIONAL stars Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man) and Lynn Collins (John Carter). As Sam watches “Papa” Joe care for and love the kids in his under-resourced neighborhood, she begins to realize that no matter life’s circumstances, the love of God is always reaching out to us."

I have been eagerly waiting for the DVD release of Unconditional since it was released in theaters, no where near us, last fall. Tuesday, while forced to spend the afternoon in bed, I used the opportunity to preview it with Elisabeth.  I've got to tell you, I was not disappointed one bit.  Papa Joe Bradford took an incredible God-given vision and in the face of much adversity he carried it out in a way that is inspiring to all. The writers, directors and actors do a superb job of telling his story.  In 98 minutes they touched on many topics relevant to the Christian life.  I personally came away with ministry ideas for myself, my family, and our church. 

And it was entertaining, too.  This movie will surely make you laugh and cry.  But, hopefully it won't stop there.  I pray it will create a stirring in you to rise up, find a vision and get busy showing the unconditional love of our God and reaching the next generation with the gospel of Jesus. 

One word of caution.  There are several scenes that may be upsetting to young children.  Elisabeth ran out of the room at least three times.  I suggest previewing this before watching it with your family.  With that being said, I can't wait until my copy of the DVD arrives so I can share it with Allen and the kids. 

Available for preorder on Amazon.com right now for just $12.99.  That's a savings of $8!  In stores March 5th.  Get some popcorn and plan your movie night now.


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