Film Recommendation: “Courageous”

A few months ago I had the opportunity to be part of an effort to extend invitations of a free viewing of the movie “Courageous” to local law enforcement agencies in my area. As a result, over a hundred individuals were able to watch the gospel centered film by Sherwood Pictures and Tristar. Once again, on New Years Eve, my church opened its doors to the public to show this film for free. I must say that these efforts were well worth it and I highly recommend this film to everyone.

“Courageous” is a film which centers primarily around four law enforcement officers who must deal with a tragedy in their lives. The synopsis provided by the Sherwood Pictures website states:

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.

When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God … and to their children?

Filled with action-packed police drama, COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Viewers will once again find themselves laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.

Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.”

As a law enforcement officer of thirteen years, I can attest to the strain and stress the job brings into our lives, and the effect it has on our families. “Courageous” addresses how fathers in this field can be in the home, yet fail to in our children’s lives. Additionally, it brings a Christ centered answer to what it means to be a father, not just spending time with our children, but raising them to be then men and women God has called them to be.

While this film addresses the issue of biblical fatherhood from a law enforcement perspective, it’s message transcends that arena and addresses fathers in all walks of life. I recommend that Christians watch this film for the very fact that it addresses something our modern day cultures loathes to admit, that fathers are needed in the home, that children need to learn under their tutelage and that God has called men everywhere to raise up the next generation to love and honor the Lord.

This film releases to DVD and Blu-ray on January 17, 2012. Please take the time to purchase, rent or borrow this film and watch it. It is most definitely worth it.

8 thoughts on “Film Recommendation: “Courageous”

  1. Sorry to change the subject, but has anyone else noticed the adverts that have been put on this website?
    Do the site contributors know that they are there?


  2. I saw this movie, and yes, it was good. I would recommend it as a safe movie for family; however, I have to agree with Manfred. Their Gospel presentation is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

    If you are looking to be entertained, it is good. If you are looking for an evangelistic tool, keep looking!


  3. Manfred,

    Thank you for your perspective and point on this. I haven’t seen it yet, but certainly will when we can get it on Netflix! 🙂 We’ve watched the others several times time and I have to say I’ve never thought about it as you describe it…but with that said I believe you are correct. They certainly talk about God and Christ and Christ as our savior, but typically it is a feel good message with no discussion of our SIN, judgement or our need for a savior.



  4. Doreen:

    I don’t see these ads as I log in differently than most readers. Perhaps it’s the search engine or the internet service (IE, Mozilla, Opera, Safari, etc.) that you’re using that’s posting the ads.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the film and have ordered it for purchase when it’s released. I just wish someone would have told me to have a box of tissue handy.


  5. My family and I just watched this movie today….my husband was convicted…very much so.
    The gospel was also mentioned…as well as an emphasis of how much we need Jesus Christ.

    I thought this was a really good movie…especially for men/fathers.


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