Julia has spent the last twenty years running from her past, only to find herself face to face with it. The choice she made cost her the past two decades of her life. Now she must decide if it will keep her in bondage the rest of her life or expose the skeleton in her closet and help her to live in the freedom of the truth.
Angie’s life is in shambles because of circumstances beyond her control. For the previous seven years, she has lived in a prison of bitterness, anger and sorrow, Angie isn’t really living life to the fullest. After running into a seven year old boy, Angie has to decide whether she is going to continue living in this self imposed prison of emptiness. Shelly’s life has also been ruined by a tragic mistake. Ashamed of her past, she lives a life of lies. Shelly constantly worries that someone will find out what happened in her
past and judge her for it. Can Shelly let go of her pride and open her heart to forgiveness?
Everyone needs forgiveness…
This is a powerful drama which appropriately, as the title suggests, focuses on the subject of redemption and God’s restoration powers. The film features several vignettes which actually tie into one another as several ladies meet at a Bible study and share the various experiences they have had and the study itself focuses on forgiveness. In one scenario a woman named Angie lost her family when a drunk driver hit their car and only Angie survived. Interestingly, the wife of the drunken driver, Shelly, winds up at the Bible study and it is an opportunity for Angie to forgive and let go of the bitterness of the past. But can she?
In another plot a lady named Julia, who also attends the ladies’ Bible study, had an abortion in her past and walked away from the man who loved her, Eddie, because every time she would see him she would relive what she had done and the decision she had made. Years have passed but she runs into Eddie at an automobile repair shop and it is obvious they still care for each other. Can time and God heal the wounds of the past?
Although there a few minor technical problems such as a few characters appearing “fuzzy” on the side of the picture, this film has heart and makes a powerful point. It also features some great Christmas music and other good music. We are pleased to award this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus, due to the abortion and drunken driving issues. We believe very young viewers would not profit from this as much as those 12 and older will. The theme of redemption is powerfully made when a woman shares she had an abortion on Valentine’s Day, and then became a Christian and years later her son was born on Valentine’s Day.