We watched Facing the Giants when it was first released and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it, so we watched it again just this past weekend for Family Night. It has a little something for everyone – football for the sports fan in your family, touching drama, humor, and most importantly, a strong message. It shows dependence on God and the importance of standing together in marriage, even when the world around you is falling apart.
Coach Grant Taylor is going through some trials in his life. The school for which he is a coach wants to let him go because his football team fails to chalk up any wins. His car barely runs and there are some maintenance problems in his home. There’s the possible betrayal of a close friend. Even more heartbreaking is the fact that he and his wife are facing infertility problems. It’s during this difficult time in his life that Grant realizes how much he depends on the Lord. Grant spends time in prayer and in the Word, and gives the entire situation to God. God, in turn, uses the situation to change more than just Grant’s life.
Several minor characters in this film deliver a strong impact. One is a school employee who walks by each locker daily and prays each student. Another character, a football player’s father, is a Godly role model for his son and for those watching the film. A couple of football players have a change of heart in the movie and one makes a decision that impacts his life for eternity.
On the cover of the DVD, the words at the bottom state: “Never Give Up; Never Back Down; Never Lose Faith.” This movie delivers a touching and realistic look into the lives of a man struggling with the difficulties in life. It’s a winner in more ways than one and I highly recommend it for your next family night.
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