Am I writing a movie review? Yes. Yesterday, Altha and I saw a movie that is, unfortunately, showing in limited engagement. Why? It has a strong evangelical Christian worldview. October Baby is made in the genre of Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous. It deals with weighty subjects—the value of life, the horror of abortion for everyone it touches, the difficulty of letting go, the need to receive and extend forgiveness—in a way that doesn’t make you leave the theater, feeling like you got hit over the head.
October Baby is a “coming of age” story, but more, a story of redemption, told through the eyes of 19-year old Hannah, who discovers not only that she was adopted, but that her birth was the outcome of a "failed" abortion. I recommend this film to you, not just to support the Christian film industry, or because you agree with the message, but because it's a good movie that will remind you of the impact of sin and the wonderful effects of God's forgiveness.
In January, on the day after “Sanctity of Life Sunday,” I was compelled to write that abortion is not just a political or social issue, but a painful personal issue for many women. You can tell someone about the freedom in Christ that comes from forgiveness, but sometimes it takes a story like this one, like October Baby, to convey such a message to the heart. If any picture is worth a thousand words, this one is.