Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder (his follow-up to the Oscar-nominated The Tree of Life) is a love story that explores relationships between man and woman, humans and God. The filmmaker digs up half-hidden, uncomfortable truths, all in an effort to find a more transcendent definition of love. And in so doing, viewers are led to the realization that loving relationships can be difficult, even people’s relationship with God.
Thank you for using this guide to facilitate a conversation about this thought-provoking film and to explore its themes through the lens of the Bible.
The epic musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel is a story of forgiveness, redemption and love. Les Misérables is filled with imagery, symbolism, and timeless biblical truths.
In this guide you’ll explore just a few of the many themes from the film. Use this guide to start a conversation about the issues raised here. Enjoy the conversation!
J.R.R. Tolkein’s story is a grand and epic tale of adventure and self-discovery. As rich in imagery as it is symbolism, The Hobbit provides many opportunities to connect themes in the Bible to the world around us. Here, you’ll find just a few of many examples of these ideas woven throughout the film. This guide is designed to help facilitate a conversation about the themes and motives behind The Hobbit. Enjoy the conversation!
Having lost everything in a tragic series of events, Piscine Molitor Patel (a.k.a. Pi) floats in the middle of the ocean with no survival skills or hope of rescue. But rather than giving up, Pi prays, searching for direction and meaning. Through Pi’s story, we learn more about faith and God. We may not agree with everything in Life of Pi, but the film still has a lot to teach us.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a touching fable about being a child, being a parent and being able to embrace life’s most wondrous gift: love. And while God is never mentioned in the movie, his handiwork is everywhere. Through Jim, Cindy and Timothy Green, we’re reminded that one of God’s greatest gifts — the family — isn’t a gift to take for granted. It takes time and care to make it work, and it’s as much art as science.
Confronted with disaster and the deterioration of her father’s health, young Hushpuppy guides us through the survival of Katrina in a place she calls “The Bathtub.”
Beasts of the Southern Wild is an untold story about a Louisiana community surviving Katrina and embarking on a journey where they find new life in the wake of near unimaginable tragedy.
Brave is the story of young Princess Merida and her determination to make her own way in life. Fighting the customs of her kingdom and her role as a woman, she struggles to make her own destiny. This guide is designed to help frame and facilitate a conversation on the themes and motives behind Pixar’s Brave. Enjoy the conversation!
Blue Like Jazz is a movie that tells the story of one person’s search to discover God for himself. It is a story that involves doubt, insecurity, bad behavior, questioning and an honest look at what it takes to have a faith of your own, not merely one that you inherit from family or a church community. Questions are here to help you think and explore through a biblical lens. Use them for your own reflection, with a group of friends or as part of a regular study group.
Act of Valor introduces a band of brothers laying it all on the line, serving and earning a place of honor. It’s the same call for followers of Jesus Christ. It is serious business. But in the process, God makes us the men He longs for us to be for the unique purposes entrusted to each of us.Use this conversation guide to get a dialogue going in your group. How can you live a life of valor?.
Machine Gun Preacher examines themes of how God deals with issues of violence and redemption, responding to the poor and needy and the struggles of finding God in the face of life’s biggest agonies. Using the story of one man’s journey from crime to Christ, Machine Gun Preacher tells a haunting and honest tale of redemption rubbed raw. Download your Conversation Guide here, grab some friends, and dig in.
The Tree of Life examines themes and questions that explore who we are, where we came from, who and where is God, why we suffer, and how we should live. Using biblical imagery, The Tree of Life poses questions that have been asked for centuries. Use this guide to frame a conversation. Download a Conversation Guide here to help you think and explore the powerful themes of this film through a biblical lens. Answer just a few, or go deeper. Enjoy the conversation!