To Save a Teen’s Life

This weekend our family went to our church’s annual fall family retreat.  You can read about one of my take away experiences here.

The first night youth and their parents were invited to watch a movie in the chapel.  The movie was called To Save a Life.  To watch the trailer of the movie, click here.

The first thing the leader had us do {parents and kids alike} was relinquish our cell phones in exchange for snacks during the movie.  I thought this was a creative way to make sure kids weren’t texting throughout the movie and increased the chances of them actually *gasp* paying attention.  I had no intention of turning in my cell phone {hypocrite, much?} but since my kids were with me and ratted me out encouraged me to give it up, I complied.

The movie was truly good.  It tackled issues that our teens/tweens are facing in everyday life- from parties that get out of control to bullying, from cutting to premarital sex.  This movie went at these issues head on and illustrated the difference between the world’s view and a faith based view of adolescence.  I cried through pretty much the whole movie {partly because I was struck by how much growing up without a father impacts the girl’s I work with} but even one of my sons {who shall remain nameless} admitted to tearing up at one point. 

The adults portrayed in the movie have real problems too and the movie shows how those issues {and how we as adults handle those issues} impact our kids.

I am grateful to the family ministry team member that chose this movie for us to watch with our kids.  It was a great way to start a dialogue about some issues we hadn’t had occasion to speak to our boys about, it gave my husband a glimpse into the world that our teenagers {and the girls I work with} are growing up in and it reminded me that I am definitely serving where God wants me.

The movie is rated PG-13 and it doesn’t shy away from showing the realities of some situations our teens can find themselves in.  I certainly do not feel that it glamorized drinking or sex but those issues are addressed in the movie.

If you have seen To Save a Life I would love to hear your thoughts and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.

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  1. Thanks for sharing. That looks like something my kids should watch too. I think I’ll suggest it to our youth group leader.

  2. There is actually a youth Bible study that goes along with the movie so be
    sure to have him check out the website.

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