Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Review "Confessions of a Prodigal Son

.Many of us are familiar with the tale of the prodigal son which is told in Luke 15:11-32. It is the tale of a man with 2 sons one of which wanted his inheritance early cause it was his. A few days he left. The older son stayed with his dad after quite a while the son returned home and admitted he had sinned against his father and Heaven. He told his dad he was no longer worthy to be called his son and wanted to be treated like a servant his father took him in his arms as if he had never left. The father got a robe for him and a ring to go on his hand. and had the fattened calf and prepared and had a feast and celebration because his son was dead, now is alive; he was lost now he is found. The father told his older son what's mine is yours and told him he is always with him.

I got the privilege of reviewing the new movie that comes out March the 15th 'Called the Confessions of a Prodigal Son" the movie stars Kevin Sorbo, Nathan Clarkson, and Racheal Lee. I was provided a free copy of the movie by Family Christian. I was not compensated  for reviewing this movie you can click this link to preorder the movie Family Christian "Confessions of a Prodigal Son"

I give this movie a 5 star review. The movie is a more modern take on the story from the BibleThe movie opens with Sean in bed waking up and is late to class it shows at the bottom of the screen two years later. He arrives late to his class, the professor really lays into him. The professor makes it clear that he will not caudle the students and that in this class and that  they will be writing their story. My favorite line of the movie has to be "I am not going to caudle your spoiled ideas of life or what you think life should be" this was the speech that the professor at the beginning of the class. My next favorite line in the movie is also from the professor " in this class when you speak it will be bound in the upmost of sense and grounded in truth."

We are not given the story of how it all started at one time it comes in flashbacks through the movie. After class Sean and his best friend (who is a bad influence) are walking away from class they run into one of Seans former friend from the youth group at his church where we find out his dad is a pastor. Sean meets Ali who is a young girl trying to find something deeper in life.The main line Sean keeps saying in the movie is that he wanted to live life his way without anyone telling him what to do or having someone wanting him to be a certain way, and that he was tired of having God shoved down his throat. we find out that the deal is he was given half of his college fund and if he stayed in school, make straight A's, and if he can make the money last the 2 years.

All at once Sean's life starts to spin out of control his professor told him that he was not going to pass him, he is called to the deans office and was expelled from school because of vandalism that was discovered by an online video and was fined 10,000 dollars, the girl he was talking to decided she wanted nothing more to do with him, he gets evicted from his apartment, wrecks his car while chasing after Ali. After all of this he begins questioning everything that he thought he knew.
Sean's dad is at the pulpit about to start his sermon for that day and said he decided to not preach that sermon and he begins talking about how his won had left home 2 yrs earlier. When church lets out
we see Sean walking to the Church his dad is a pastor of carrying a box with the only belongings that he owns, his parents run to him and put their arms around him as if the past 2 yrs had not happened.

I highly recommend purchasing this movie especially if you have a teen who complains about rules at home and always saying I could do better on my own. Maybe by seeing this movie they will change the way they feel about things.

This story really speaks to me because I am the mother of 3 boys ages 20, 17, and 14. Several years ago my oldest son did not like my rules and did  not want to follow my rules he got into a lot of trouble he got on drugs I sent him to rehab at 15 in December of 2009. By august of the next year he was in way deeper than he was before he was sent to boot camp by the juvenile system. After he got out he went to live with his father from September of  2011 until he got in trouble again he went to juvenile in the county his dad lived in he was in juvenile for a week he got out and was given the opportunity to go through drug court and if he had completed it his record would have been cleared. His dad gave him much more freedom than I did, at the age of 16 his dad let his 19 yr old girlfriend move in and at the age of 16 he found out his girlfriend was pregnant. Needless to say he got in trouble yet again and went back to juvenile and was sent to a 90 day rehab program for juvenile offenders. After this happened his dad was done with him so in January of 2012 he came to live with me again despite the feeling of my other 2 boys and my husband. 3 days after he got out at the age of 17. Sorry for going on about my experience because there is way more to the story. He is now 20 has been married going through a divorce and has 2 children by 2 different women he has gotten into much more trouble after moving back in with me. he was arrested in Feb of last year spent 19  days in jail he was charged with 3 felonies and 2 misdemeanors and was facing prison time but they arranged a plea bargain where he is on probation for 2 yrs. I guess he just doesn't learn he has had 2 positive drug test that he tested positive for drugs the first time the judge allowed him out on ROR because it was his first drug test after probation. The second time he tested positive he did not have bail and the da was wanting to revoke his probation and him have to serve 3 yrs in prison. for some reason the judge likes him. while going through divorce he has primary custody of hi daughter.
Needless to say no matter what our children do or the mistakes they make we accept them unconditionally and will always take them back. Just as God loves us and is always there weather or not we acknowledge him or not if we stray he loves us unconditionally and takes us back. God does not need us, he wants us.


  1. I like your last statement. God does not need us, he wants us. That is hard to understand, how He could want sinners. But I am thankful that He does. I understand to some degree your pain. Although none of my own children are wayward children, I do have nieces and nephews in similar circumstances. We pray daily for them, leaving them in God's hands and yes, we will all welcome them back with open arms just as our heavenly Father does us.

  2. Thanks for such a thorough review. Def sounds like a good one for teens.