By Wrecked for the Ordinary
In a world where credit cards reign supreme and all kinds of other celluloid worlds emerge, here is a movie for teens that deals directly with with the issue of someone who is struggling to find themselves. Sometimes there are movies that try to do this and fail, but in the movie To Save A Life, this isn’t the case.
The scene opens up in a cemetery, and from then on the story takes you through the life of Jake Taylor who has the life any teenager has ever wanted. He is popular, he is an all-star, he’s got the girl and he’s happy. He’s got it all. But something in Him begins to change after his childhood best friend takes a gun to school with tragedy ensuing.
As a result, Jake begins to see that there are certain people who are in and others who are out. And this realization begins to have the main character ask a lot of tough questions that t send him down a lot of roads resulting in him struggling to decide whether to give up very important things.
In an age where there are more questions than answers, where there is an ambience of lethargy that secretly made its way into our churches, there is a movie that seeks to reverse the status quo. From their website:
To Save A Life is an indie movie about the real life challenges of teens and their choices, written by seasoned youth pastor Jim Britts and inspired by a passion to reach teenagers with a life-affirming entertainment.
Mark Ostreicher of Youth Specialties has this to say about the movie, “Teenagers are going to love the story and cast in To Save a Life. Super realistic portrayal of life on a high school campus not all fake, like some movies, but the real stuff. This is a movie you’ll want to see with friends.” Alongside this review, youth leader veteran Josh McDowell states, “[To Save a Life is] an excellent film. This film is relevant and thought-provoking. It is effective at developing a contrast of ideas with today’s culture.”
The film is also accompanied by relevant resources that can be used by any youth worker to inspire change in the life of their teens and to empower them to go and change their worlds. There are many different choices and kits that can obtained on their website. But to be sure, this is a movie and a resource that you don’t want to pass up on if you are a youth pastor looking for good quality resources to help develop your youth into relevant world-changers. Check out their leaders’ website for more information.