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Nathan Clarkson wrote and produced this Christian film and actually was the main character in the movie named Sean. Sean is the son of a pastor who is played by Kevin Sorbo, from the movie God's Not Dead. Sean asks for his college funds and then disappears from his parents for two years, and enters the all too scary world of drinking and prescription pills. He also ends up using his money to buy a car, rent an apartment and live off the money from his parents. He has a horrible friend who is an enabler and every parent's worst nightmare. This friend is the one friend that our parents disliked us having growing up or the one that you dislike your children being friends with.
Sean is fighting hard to escape the life he envisions his parents and everyone else wants him to have and in this, he loses himself. It isn't until he meets a girl that he starts to evaluate where his life is. He is also prompted by his professor to have the class write the story of their life, where they are the main character and how their decisions can effect their story.
Sean also gets himself into a situation where he literally loses everything and has to get a job. It is quite similar to the parable in the book of Luke 15: 11-32 in the Bible, where the son asks for his share of the inheritance and then "squanders his wealth in wild living," (Luke 15:13) and is forced to get a job.
Without giving too much of the movie away, Sean finds himself and God, thanks to the love and compassion of not only of his father but others around him.
I thought this movie was excellent, and they did a wonderful job of bringing this parable to real life in today's standards. I don't think my husband and I would let our three or five year old watch it because of scenes with beer bottles, prescription pills, and some light fight scenes. It would be a fantastic family movie though for middle schoolers and up to watch with their parents, or even in a youth group. I didn't catch any profanity, and there is a wholesomeness to the film that makes it age appropriate for the tweens and teenagers to watch.
I am in the midst of Beth Moore's Children of the Day Women's Bible Study, where she says in the video series, "The number one prayer she gets from her followers is about their adult children and how they are not involved in church." Confessions of a Prodigal Son would hit home to several people, including parents who have children of college age like Sean in the movie, or to teens who are about to go into this stage of independent living for the first time in their lives. It also would hit home to grandparents, or adult children who just got out of this stage of life and are entering into marriage and starting families.
It is important for our youth and children to have their faith firmly rooted. We need to equip them with the knowledge of the scriptures, but also need them to have that personal relationship with God and know Him. This movie does an outstanding job of showing what can be out there if we just go about the motions, and don't commit ourselves to our faith. It also shows the unconditional love and compassion of a father to his lost son, quite similar to how lost we can be yet have a Father who loves us so much more than we can ever comprehend.
Some of my favorite lines from the movie are:
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."
"Live a story worth telling."
Thanks for reading my review. Confessions of a Prodigal Son is available to buy this Tuesday, March 24, 2015.