(Discuss) The Most Impactful Book/Movie?

Last Saturday, I read this article by Hannah from Becoming Lost about the value of laying aside the trivial things where possible in favor of eternally important matters.

What if instead of reading “good” or “nice” stories we read amazing Christian books that impacted our lives?

-Hannah

The same could be asked of almost anything: movies, songs, blogs, websites, etc… Such a suggestion might ruffle some feathers. We naturally tend towards what we want in the heat of the moment. This isn’t an analysis of the subject. Hannah has already written a comprehensive post that answers any misconceptions that may arise.

Instead, I want to open up a discussion:

Have you read any books, seen any movies, listened to any songs (…anything), that spur you on to godly living?

What material has most enriched your desire to know God deeper?

Which authors do you read or artists do you listen to, etc, because they’ve proved honoring to God in the past.

Are you perhaps a writer/singer etc, yourself?

Let’s learn from and share with each other.


Here’s a chance to get to know me and your fellow readers. Here’s a chance for us to get to know you.


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Besides (and after) the Bible, what resources get you excited about God?
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16 thoughts on “(Discuss) The Most Impactful Book/Movie?

  1. Has anyone else seen God’s Not Dead, the movie (there are two)? I recently watched the second one. I felt like both productions equipped me to better stand up for my faith when it’s challenged.

    As for books, I’d say Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock. I haven’t read it in years, but I remember that it opened my heart to a deeper appreciate of how God the Father patiently waited for me – no, relentlessly sought me – even while I rejected Him in my heart. This isn’t the author’s usual genre, but I appreciate it’s eternal value more than her other books (not to say that they’re bad!).

    Finally, a shout out to some blogging friends whom I follow and who consistently produce material to encourage readers towards godly living:

    -Hosanna Emily from havingaheartlikehis.blogspot.com
    -Hannah from becoming-lost.blogspot.com (authoress of the blog post mentioned above)
    -Jessica from Apples of Gold (jessicalg97.blogspot.com.au)

    Gosh this got long…

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  2. Jordy,

    This was an amazing post! I’ve been thinking along those lines a lot recently, because I’m an artist who loves to make short films, and I am constantly having to question myself and ask the same question. “How can I make an impactful story or song?” (I also love writing CC worship music.) I think this was very encouraging for me. I want to make Christ-honoring films, but in a way that the world can see and it hits them very strongly in a new way, or just helps Christians to see Jesus in a ‘new’ way. The same with writing and recording music. I want to think of how I can write it in a way that both brings Christ glory, and also can touch the world. What are your thoughts?

    As far as my favorite films that have given me new passion and have greatly impacted me, I REALLY agree with you on the God’s Not Dead 1 and 2. I really feel like they gave me a new passion and better equipped me for standing up for Christ. I was also greatly effected by the Kendrick Brother’s “War Room”.

    And songs that have really impacted me… Mandisa has some that have changed me quite a bit. “Leave it in the Valley”, “Your an Overcomer”, “What Scars are for”, and I really like the song “Words”, although I don’t know who it’s by.

    Thank you again for doing this post!

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    1. Hi Josiah, thanks for your comment!

      I must say, I think that producing short films has great potential to impact the Kingdom of God, given that it’s done in His strength. X) I’d encourage you (along with myself) not to dismiss those questions in order that we might not loose sight that the ultimate goal is to see God’s Kingdom come. 🙂 Please excuse my ignorance, but what is CC in “CC Worship”?

      Thanks for contributing to the “resource pool”! 🙂

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      1. Oops, I didn’t see your reply until now… 🙂
        I use C.C. Worship as an abbreviation for Contemporary Christian Worship. 🙂 Sorry for not clarifying that.
        I agree! We need to not excuse those questions. It’s great to ask questions and to learn more through them as they are growing points.

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  3. A movie that really starts you thinking about why we need Jesus in our culture today is “Time Changer”.

    Ah- there’s so many godly, challenging books that I could recommend. Any book by Amy Carmichael leaves me inspired for the things of God. The Terrestria Chronicles are also super impacting.

    I totally agree- Hosanna Emily, Hannah, and Jessica always have really encouraging posts about godly living.

    Another blog that I follow and are always inspired by the posts is Saved by Grace, written by Kara Lynn
    (savedbygrace7.blogspot.com).

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    1. Emily, I just looked at a trailer for Timer Changer. I’d never heard of it before, but it looks convicting (which is good X)). I’m a part of a missionary group which has a fellowship/movie night most Saturdays. I would like to ask if anyone in our group owns it on DVD. 😀

      And thanks for sharing the books and Kara Lynn’s blog, too. I just came back from checking it out! I really am encouraged when I’m reminded that there *are* people who produce good, edifying and God-honoring material to advance His Kingdom.

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  4. Aw, thank you so much for mentioning my post, Jordy! You’re too sweet. ❤ 🙂

    I really want to watch the God's Not Dead movies! I've heard they're super good. And I just ordered Covenant Child from the library and I'm excited to read it! Is there anything you don't like in it?

    And I actually just wrote a post for Saturday on the books that have impacted me so I'll spare words and let you read it then. =) For movies I love all the Kendrick brother movies, Ring the Bell, and Not a Fan are really good too. =)

    The blogs I love? I love so many blogs, but a few really good ones would be…

    Hosanna – havingaheartlikehis,blogspot.com
    Emily – apurposeandapromise.blogspot.com
    Amanda – scatteredjournalpages.com
    Kristen and Bethany – girldefined.com

    So many awesome blogs! I love your discussion!! They're so fun! 🙂

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    1. Hannah, definitely do watch the God’s Not Dead movies if you get a chance! 😀 I would recommend watching them in order. They share some characters, and you *could* argue that one particular part of the story follows through from the first to the second movie. But really, the main storylines are completely independant, you you can rest knowing that if you have to watch the first movie second, it’s all good. X)

      Covennant Child… I did read it a while ago… let’s see… I think the beginning was a bit slow. But as for the conent I thought it was all biblically sound and glorifying to God. Without wanting to give too much away, the whole story paints a picture of God the Father seeking out His lost, hurting children even while they hate Him. So it’s a parallel of sorts to the gospel, like Narnia but on a smaller level. I suppose the many thing to remember is that no parallel can perfectly show what God did.

      Well I look forward to reading your post tomorrow, then. 🙂

      I agree about the Kendrick brother movies! Aren’t they great? I haven’t seen Not a Fan or Ring the Bell, but maybe I will one day, especially now I know that you recommend them. Thanks. And thanks for the blog recommendations, too. But woah, this is getting loong. 😀

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  5. I do love the God’s Not Dead movies…we just watched the second one!! =) Another movie that made an impact in my life is War Room. ♥ That one is just amazing!! And The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe book/movie has pointed me towards Jesus and helped me to see how amazing His sacrifice was for us. ♥

    For music, SCC is the most impacting singer that I listen to. Just wow. When I finish listening to his songs, I feel ready to pull down some of Satan’s strongholds and tell the world about Jesus! =) Lol.

    Thank you, dear Jordy! Your blog is one of my favorites…you have always been convicting – lovingly pointing us towards the Truth. ♥

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    1. Wasn’t God’s Not Dead 2 great? He’s alive, active and working in the world around us! I think that those two movies are my favorites for now, but I agree with you about War Room. It’s also a great movie.

      Yes, I’ve listened to SCC a little, especially after you last talked about his songs. Tell me, which is your favorite (or name a few). Do you like to listen to music when you do school or work around the house? My mind “favourite” songs seem to change often. The one that comes to mind now, is Not to Us by Nichole Nordman. I can’t remember whether I’ve told you about it before. The words are so powerful. “Let not any passion be for kingdoms we have fashioned in our own name”.🙂

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement, Hosanna. May we both praise God, the source of all things True.

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      1. I’m sorry, I didn’t see your reply until now. 🙂

        I’m listening to Nichole Nordman’s song right now. 🙂 It’s lovely! Such a powerful message. “Not to us…but to YOUR Name be glory!” Thank you for sharing it! 🙂 Hmm…my favorite SCC songs? So many of them have impacted me. Some favorites include, “Do Everything”, “My Turn Now”, “Love Take Me Over”, “Speechless”, and “Live Out Loud”. There are others, but I can’t remember the names off the top of my head. 😉

        Thank YOU, dear Jordy! To His Name be the glory! ❤

        //Hosanna

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  6. Yes, Hannah’s article got me thinking along these lines too! Thanks for opening it up for discussion, although it’s hard to narrow down resources that get me excited about God..

    A couple of books that have inspired me recently include The Book That Made Your World, The Father Heart of God and The True Vine – I’m reading that one at the moment, and enjoying it immensely.

    As for music artists, the Durocher Family, the Josties, and the Rasmussen Family Siblings always encourage me.

    Thanks again Jordy – I’m going to check out some of the resources everyone’s listed now. 🙂 And praise God my blog is able to be a blessing – all glory to Him. xx

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    1. Hey Jessica, that’s a whole bunch of new resources that I haven’t heard of before. (At first I thought I had read The True Vine, but on second thought I think it must have been a different book, but I can’t remember the name.)

      I haven’t heart any of those music artists before, either. I’m looking forward to having a look into them. By their names, they sound like family groups – all of them, but especially the first and last group that you mentioned. I think that it’s a beautiful thing when families work together to create things… especially when it’s for God’s glory. May He be praised!

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  7. That was a great blog post! Thanks for sharing.
    My favourite song at the moment is ‘Satisfied’ by Jordan Feliz. It’s really good and encouraging. In fact, many of his songs I really like but that one is probably my favourite of all. He’s the link if you want to hear it- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfvFRFLD1RE

    My favourite movie was probably ‘War Room’. It’s a really strong, bold movie that really convicts and encouraging. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it! Here’s the trailer- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIl-XY9t_Lw

    My favourite YouTuber is April Cassidy. She is really encouraging and has a great way of communicating her message. She talks alot about modesty, marriage and biblical womanhood. She has a kind heart and really challenges me and encouraging.- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXnU0StfBrat4p5X1SxS7Fg

    I have many favourite books that have impacted me. Here are a few. Firstly, ‘Do Hard Things’ by Brett and Alex Harris. We read it with out youth group three or fours years ago but I didn’t finish it. So I decided to read it again. It’s really challenging and very well written. They do a good job at keeping you interested.- https://www.amazon.com/Do-Hard-Things-Rebellion-Expectations/dp/1601428294/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475550275&sr=8-1&keywords=Do+Hard
    Also, another great book or actually series. It’s called the ‘Fairy Tale Romance Series’ written by Melanie Dickenson. They are really interesting and they encourage young girls to have good, pure, God honouring relationships with guys.-
    https://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Tale-Romance-Collection-Apprentice-ebook/dp/B00L7DLFH6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1475550372&sr=1-1&keywords=Fairy+Tale+Romance+Series

    There are many great and encouraging resources out there. However, they often take a little while to find them. A little digging required, but when you do find them a whole new world of opportunities and resources open up. It wonderful when somebody finds a great new author, singer, movie, book, YouTuber or blog.

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    1. Oh right, Youtube is another form of media that I didn’t even think to mention. I’m not very big on Youtube, myself. I think my life is already too full of other things to be able to spare the time. But I for sure believe you that it’s a great potential source for encouragement towards wholesome living that honours God – if you know which channels to follow and are able to manage your time sensibly. But isn’t that the same with books, after all?

      Thanks for sharing all the resources that have impacted you the most. I agree about Do Hard Things. – And War Room, too.

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