October Baby Opens in Theaters this Friday

October Baby is an inspiring story about crisis pregnancy, choosing life, the adoption option, and the reality of life for children from hard places…don’t miss it!

They have done a masterful job handling the tough topics of abortion and all those it affects. Miscarriage, adoption, and even purity are each handled with gracefulness and with the core gospel message of forgiveness. It is very powerful! Be sure to watch Shari Rigby’s personal testimony and the other resources on the movies website.

Let’s fill every seat this opening weekend and send a message that every life is beautiful and that we each have a God-given purpose.

Check here to see if it is playing in a theater near you.

The Blind Side – Michael Oher Adoption Story

I am back from a great Thanksgiving holiday and a week with my family. One of the things we did was go and see the Blindside, the story of Michael Oher and his adoption by an upperclass family in Memphis. I thought it did a great job of touching on a number of things-

1. The reality of poverty in our own backyard.
2. The fact that many of us don’t realize there are kids and families living on the street.
3. The hopelessness and danger of poverty and homelessness. 
4. The joy of sharing with those in need and how it transforms both the giver and the receiver.
5. The power of adoption.
6. The importance of family.
7. The need for racial reconciliation.

It has been awhile since I laughed and cried and was moved so deeply by one movie. I understand it is a very unique situation and story but it does point us to the need to consider the many other kids (130,000 in the US!) like Michael Oher who may not be superstars but have just as much potential in a thousand other areas. Their stories may not be as spectacular or glorious but their God-given life is spectacular in an of itself and not one of them should be without family.

Here is a video of the real Tuohy family. You can also read the book The Blind Side by Michael Lewis, or watch the trailer for the film starring Sandra Bullock, at the official site.

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Pro-Life and Adoption

In his review of the movie, Lake of Fire, which portrays the Christian response to abortion in a stereotypical and negative light, Zach Nielson ponders what it would look for the church to truly care for the voiceless inside and outside the womb:

What if our churches were teeming with orphans that were given up for adoption or were formerly entrenched in the foster care system? What kind of a picture of compassion would that send to an on looking world? What if the norm in our culture was for churches to be known for their orphan care? If we are really pro-life, why don’t we rescue more kids? If this were the norm for Christians would this not potentially prove to be a viable and winsome option for single pregnant women? I can’t shake the connection between being pro-life and adoption.

Yes we still needs to fight for legislation that will outlaw abortion (and I will do that), but along with that, as Christians we need to fight just as hard to be a gospel-centered witness of compassion and care for those who are voiceless and helpless inside the womb and outside of it.

Read the whole review here.

Looking for a Movie this Weekend?

Here are a few movies with an adoption theme: 

Bella
(Lionsgate; PG-13)
As this understated but powerful movie unfolds, a single waitress learns she’s pregnant. Through her friendship with a chef, she discovers some unexpected things about herself and the world. Set in a diverse neighborhood, Bella incorporates themes of family values, friendship, and kindness.
Juno
(Fox Searchlight; PG-13)
In this hip, sarcastic comedy, a pregnant high-school student decides to place her child for adoption. This film charts her journey over the next year, as she balances home and school life, matches with a family, and more. Topics like teen pregnancy, and shallow comments on overseas adoption, might make this inappropriate for a younger crowd.
August Rush
(Warner Bros.;PG)
A boy living in an orphanage believes that, through his music, he’ll reunite with his parents. Although a bit sentimental, this film is a hopeful, modern-day fairytale with an enduring message. Kids will be uplifted by the lively melodies and the kindhearted, everyday characters who guide young August. Parents will appreciate the sincerity of the birthparents, as well as the social worker who helps August see that, with adoption, there’s a whole world waiting for him.
Martian Child
(New Line Cinema; PG)
In this comedy-drama, a widower adopts a young boy who claims he’s from Mars, as a way to explain his birthparents’ abandonment of him. Based on an award-winning short story, Martian Child deftly explores the joys and pains of adopting and raising a child. Every parent who watches will sympathize and learn from this heartfelt and honest film.
Source: Adoptive Families, July/August 2008  | Disclaimer: The ABBA Fund does not necessarily agree with or endorse every idea and opinion contained in these movies. We trust that you will use your judgment and discernment as you choose and watch.