Monday, September 29, 2008

Fireproof


Wow.

Saturday, my husband and I went to see the movie "Fireproof." Have you heard of this one? Our church did an outreach around the movie's release. We packed into the theater to watch a firefighter learn how to love his wife. So used to getting respect on the job, this man demanded the same at home, but without the investment of himself, his heart and his time with his wife. He gave everything he had at work, living as a hero, but at home, the emotional risk of being transparent with his wife was too difficult. He held back, boarding himself up, shutting down and making her feel responsible. She, in return, sought that emotional intimacy elsewhere.

So, what happens when this firefighter takes the dare of his life and learns to love his wife? Letting down his walls with her will be the bravest thing he's ever done and rescuing his marriage? The most heroic act of all.

This is a powerful film. Kirk Cameron, a man very different from the one he played, portrayed this character with depth and realism. He did a phenomenal job. The movie will capture your heart and carry you on a journey. If you're married (or have been married) you might see yourself in the characters and the story line. You'll probably wanna have tissues handy, male or female. Several times the theater filled with sniffling sounds as we watched, but also cheering and applause.

2 comments:

Shawn Grady said...

Annette,

My wife and I just saw the film last Saturday on a date and really enjoyed it. It was very powerful and fun to watch. It made us want to tell all our friends about it.

Cheers,

Shawn

Annette M. Irby said...

I know, it was powerful, wasn't it? I want to see it again and hope we can find some free time to get back to it.

Our church is doing a relationship Bible study followup and it's been great! Even after 17 years, there are things we're learning and putting into practice and it's been a gift.

I'm praying God uses it powerfully in all the viewers' lives.

Annette