Music & Culture
New Christian Film “God Bless the Broken Road” in Theaters September 7
Written by Christi Given | September 6, 2018
From the creators of the film God’s Not Dead is new a motion picture called God Bless the Broken Road about faith, loss, hope, family, restoration, forgiveness and love. The film’s tagline and theme is “No matter where life takes you, faith takes you further.”
The plot is about a young woman, Amber Hill (played by Lindsay Pulsipher), who loses her husband in Afghanistan and has a little girl. She is a struggling single mom and unexpectedly a widow, and grabs a hold of her faith. She’s someone who wrestles with the back-and-forth of trusting God and then being angry at him. The film embraces the idea of how God can “bless” our broken roads, and the title is derived from a hit song.
Click here to watch the official trailer.
Some of the actors in the film are lead actress Lindsay Pulsipher (Law & Order), singer Jordin Sparks (American Idol), Madeline Carroll (I Can Only Imagine), Gary Grubbs (Left Behind), Robin Givens and Andrew Walker. The film was directed by Christian filmmaker Harold Cronk.
Pulsipher’s character, Amber, is a mom, widow and singer. She was in the choir before her husband died, but steps back while she is grieving her loss. Church friends (played by Robin Givens and Jordan Sparks) try to pull her back into community and being involved, but she is overloaded with bills and worries. She struggles with being upset at God over why he would take her husband, but her daughter still attends Sunday school and plants truth to her mother.
Over the course of the film, Amber runs into people from the church in her hometown and realizes the impact her husband made on others. The antagonist is played by Kim Delaney (her husband’s mother), the difficult mother-in-law who bumps heads with her frequently. We see forgiveness and understanding throughout the film, but there are definitely some tough scenes between them.
Amber’s daughter is played by adorable 11-year-old Makenzie Moss, who is trying to uplift her mom and is positive in joining a boxcar race in remembrance of her late father. Her mom ends up meeting the cute and charming Cody Jackson (played by Andrew Walker). Cody lights up Amber’s world, even though at first she rejects him. As she heals, they develop a sweet relationship over time.
The film has a song in it by Rascal Flatts called “Bless the Broken Road,” and here are some of the lyrics:
“I couldn’t see how every sign pointed straight to you
That every long-lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you…”
There are parallels to race-car driving, going too fast in life and how we can spin out if we aren’t careful or make the wrong turns. There are faith-filled themes and beautiful music in the picture that the whole family will enjoy. The movie overall was very wholesome, positive and uplifting. There are some scenes that are sad and hard because of the loss for the family, but there are redemptive sides to the movie as well.
The film gets more and more positive as time progresses and you see the value of how brokenness actually brings people together. One common denominator is we can all suffer or can have lost someone dear to us. We learn God will never leave us or forsake us no matter what we face. We learn that God is so good and still takes care of us, even when we feel abandoned.
Sometimes in life we can end up on a road we didn’t expect, and we can blame God or feel frustrated, but there is grace and purpose where we are. Sometimes life is confusing or isn’t what we thought or where we thought we would be. We need to have a humble and grateful outlook on life, as God is always present and speaking. He is good regardless of circumstances and always finds a way to bless us in the midst of our pain and trials.
The film is partnering with the Disabled Veterans of America (DVA), and there is a promotion happening where you can buy a ticket for $25 as a gift to a vet to have a night out to watch this film and enjoy a dinner. Click here to learn more.
Many of you younger PI Girls may not be able to afford an additional ticket, but tell your family and church members to purchase tickets to support the film, and spread the word by hashtagging and sharing on social media: #BlessAVet.
Let’s make sure to bless a veteran, as the film is honoring servicemen in the movie and through this DVA campaign. This is a great opportunity to help inspire others and to honor those where honor is due in serving our country. This film has a philanthropic appeal to it and is about giving back, which is what we do here at Project Inspired, so make sure you are a part of being a blessing to many.
Please pray this film reaches many people, as so many people can go through trials and suffering and need inspiration. We all need each other in the body of Christ in the church and in our communities. I hope you get the chance to view the film; I saw an early screening of it and it was fantastic! I would definitely recommend watching it with your family.
PI Girls, do you know anyone who has served in the military or have you experienced a road you didn’t expect to travel on? Do you need prayer? Comment below.