Stunning Success of “Fireproof”

by Steve Ray on October 3, 2008

Review of the Christian movie that defends marriage in Hollywood. It came in fourth in the ratings even though it was only in 850 theatres. With traditional marriage on the rocks, this movie is a strong statement in defense of the God-given gift of marriage. Click here to read the review.

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Barbara Edsall February 13, 2009 at 10:15 PM

My husband and I waited till this movie was on home DVD. I thought it was pretty good, definitely upholding marriage; I’m glad it’s successful; the dialogue a little stilted in spots though. Until recently my husband and I both attended a Calvary Chapel where both Catholicism and psychology are anathema. The pastor is a movie buff and this movie was a hit with everyone. I mentioned to the pastor that early in our marriage, we had gone to a Catholic psychologist named Tom Seibt, who had given us a very helpful “assignment” that was similar to the “Love Dare”, though simpler. The assignment was to do one loving thing per day for our spouse, only for them, with no hope of anything coming back to the one doing it. It’s amazing how well this works, because it entails sacrifice, a concept not prominent in the Protestant church. I still try to apply it after 25 years. Mr. Seibt has a truly gentle spirit and was very helpful. My point is that this young pastor, a really fine young man, simply could not hear this at the time, because it involved a Catholic psycholgist. My father used to say, “there are none so blind as those who will not see.”

This part pertains to conversion, not the movie:

I have been longing for the Catholic church since the 1990s and last December I finally made the move. I am attending Mass at least twice a week, meeting with the parish priest weekly and have 2 annulments ahead of me, since my husband and I were both married previously. My husband is kind, helpful and loving, everything I could ever have asked. It is such a relief not to have to deal with the stuff one has to deal with in Protestant churches! I am happy and content to be in the Catholic church even though there is much to do before I can receive Communion. Cindy Beck’s testimony was powerful and she said it better than I ever could have, but I can’t solve my annulment issue texactly he way she did. My husband says he’s content at Calvary Chapel and has no intention of becoming a Catholic, but I am mindful of 1 Peter 3. (See, that’s my Protestant background coming out, quoting chapter and verse.) Grace and peace to you Steve, I’m glad I found your blog! I am a friend of Donna and Tim Ellis; they are part of how I finally dipped a toe in the Tiber.

STEVE RAY HERE: BARBARA, THANKS FOR YOUR INSIGHTFUL AND KIND COMMENTS. JUST A QUICK NOTE: MY WIFE WAS ALSO “SAVED” AT THE ORIGINAL CALVARY CHAPEL IN THE 1970′S AND WAS BAPTIZED BY CHUCK SMITH IN PIRATE’S COVE IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. WITHOUT KNOWING IT, “PASTOR CHUCK” HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN MANY PROTESTANTS EVENTUALLY BECOMING CATHOLIC. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND.

Mike Sanders February 18, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Awesome movie

Catholic Defender November 9, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I have shown this movie with the hope of helping marriages. Here in Iraq I’ve had Soldiers come to my door after midnight telling me their marriages were over. I asked them to give me a chance before they make that dicision and this movie was able to make them think. We need many more good movies that portray good wholesome values and substantially supports our Faith!!! I showed this movie in Baghdad outside and it was a huge hit with the people. I had an Iraqi approach me after the movie who cried through it.

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