I have a little confession. I was super excited to watch “Like Arrows” until I read the description. I know. That’s probably a little wrong, but I want to be honest with you because I know I’m not the only mom out there thinking “I don’t need another ‘Your kids are only little once’ lecture.” We know they are only little once, but hearing it over and over doesn’t make it slow down any, am I right? Last week was one of those moments for me. I sat down to watch the film and I just knew “Like Arrows” was going to make me cry and want to overhaul everything, and I just wasn’t ready. Parenting, marriage, and being an adult is so much harder than any of us really let on. Except maybe the character Alice. She KNEW how hard all this was going to be, she dug right in, did her research, and still found herself thinking:
“I did everything right. I did everything I was supposed to do. How did this happen?”
Oh boy. I tell myself this more than I would like to admit. As a parent of a seventeen year old, one of my biggest fears was played out on my computer screen tonight while screening “Like Arrows”. It was heartbreaking to watch. I don’t want to give away any spoilers here, but what I’m going to tell you is just because you have made mistakes as a parent, doesn’t mean they are permanent. It doesn’t matter if your child is seven or seventeen. You can still set your sights on a new course, and smooth out the new path for your child(ren). Even when you think all hope is lost.
I ended the film tonight feeling a little sad, scared, and hopeful all in one. The realization that you, as a parent, can’t just raise them right and hope for the best is sobering. The fact that we are shown how to fix our parenting problems through the film was a gift; very promising. “Like Arrows” will show you a dozen ways we are all doing family life wrong, even when we do our best to do it right, and will show you the only way to do it right. I’m very happy I gathered up my pride and watched the latest Christian parenting film from Alex and Stephen Kendrick tonight. Every parent should watch it! We all need to have a better understanding of how everything we do is for not if our family isn’t built on a strong foundation of faith that is the center of everything!
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BONUS: The film will release as part of a significant new parenting initiative called FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™, which will also include a free online video series and an eight-session small group series. Find the Resources for “Like Arrows” including a family assessment download and sermon notes—–>HERE.
About “Like Arrows”
From executive producers Alex and Stephen Kendrick (“War Room,” “Courageous”), FamilyLife’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey, and Bob Lepine, the inspirational event “Like Arrows” will debut in movie theaters nationwide for two nights this May. Charlie and Alice begin to lose relationships with each of their children as work and realities of everyday life consume their time. “Like Arrows” focuses on the power of a family to shape the next generation as they turn to their faith after all else has failed.
Fathom Events and Collide Media Group partner to present this unique event in U.S. cinemas on Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. local time (both days). Audiences will also experience an exclusive panel discussion featuring Alex and Stephen Kendrick, Dennis and Barbara Rainey, and Bob Lepine after the event.
Tickets for “Like Arrows” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 800 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“We’ve had a very positive response from those who’ve had the opportunity to watch ‘Like Arrows.‘ It’s a powerful and relatable story that I hope will inspire and help families with any challenges they are facing at home,” “Like Arrows” Executive Producer Bob Lepine said. “It is exciting to partner with Fathom Events to bring this content to families across the country.”
When conflict, rebellion and resentment overwhelm their family, Charlie and Alice are forced to change their parenting strategy, and are surprised to find effective, life-long solutions were closer than they imagined. FamilyLife’s first feature explores the joys and heartaches of parenting. Through a journey that unfolds over 50 years, Charlie and Alice discover the power of family, and learn that knowing and living by God’s word is the most important key to parenting with purpose.
“Like Arrows” stars Alan Powell (“The Song”), Alex Kendrick (“War Room,” “Courageous”) and newcomer Micah Lynn Hanson. It was directed by Kevin Peeples.
“Fathom is thrilled to be partnering with Collide once again to premiere this important story on the big screen,” Fathom Events VP of Programming Kymberli Frueh said. “It will offer a unique opportunity for parents and families to come together and experience this event in a community setting.”
For artwork/photos related to “Like Arrows,” visit the Fathom Events press site.