Reflections On Psalm 23 For People With Cancer

DVD Release: July 31, 2012
Reflections On Psalm 23 For People With Cancer


Psalm 23 is one of the best known and well loved passages in the Bible. Its words of comfort and encouragement have been a support to many people in difficult times. When writer and actor Ken Curtis was diagnosed with advanced cancer with little prospect for survival, he pursued a combination of traditional and alternative medicine, undergirded with a strong spiritual component and prayer support team. Psalm 23 was a vital part of his spiritual support. In this film, Curtis reflects on 13 meditations what provide a combination of candid personal experience in the midst of battling cancer and the spiritual resources available through this Psalm.

Dove Review

Ken Curtis combines his vocational skills with his heart for the Lord to minister to others like him, who are suffering from cancer and the fears that come with it. Curtis, in the midst of his cancer treatments, created three separate DVD series, starting with “Reflections on Psalm 23 For People with Cancer.” The tagline for this series is, “You don’t have to be afraid anymore.” As Curtis walks his peer audience through the comfort and promises found in Psalm 23, he offers himself as a vulnerable friend to them while he relates to the fears they face as cancer patients.

Broken into 13 segments, Curtis’s documentary reflects on each line of this relatable psalm. He explains the sufferings and victories King David encountered in his life, which inspired him to write this psalm about God’s leadership, protection, and comfort for His children. As Curtis reflects on the scripture passage, he walks through the Holy Land of Israel and refers to the landscape and historical sites as illustrations.

Curtis’s approach is honest, gentle, loving, and powerful. He acts as an old friend who invites viewers to travel with him to places of long ago, where King David lived. Throughout his travels, Curtis draws viewers out of their insecurities and beckons them to have an authentic and healing conversation with him. He points them to hope and offers courage to face fears, because ultimately we are God’s sheep and He is the faithful Shepherd. The Dove Foundation awards “Reflections on Psalm 23 For People with Cancer” the Faith Friendly Seal of Approval for ages 12+, due to the mention of sexual sins King David and his son committed. This devotional series will bless anyone facing fears of any kind, but especially from illness.

Content Description

Sex: Ken Curtis, host, briefly reminds audience of King David’s sexual sin against Bathsheba with its consequences and, without graphic language or details, mentions that one of King David’s sons raped his sister.
Language: None.
Violence: Ken Curtis mentions the enemies against King David who sought after his life; the film also talks about David and Goliath; a man demonstrates the way King David used the sling and rock to slay Goliath.
Drugs: none
Nudity: none
Other: none


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Writer: Ken Curtis
Director: Ken Curtis
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 114 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Ken Curtis
Reviewer: Caitlin Meadows