We went to see this latest movie, including actor, Jim Caviezal as the physician, Luke.  It depicts times of terrible persecution within the early Christian community in Rome.  Paul is in prison when Luke is called to write down Paul’s story before his impending execution.  James Faulkner plays the part of the aging and soon to be killed, Paul.

The beauty of his conversion, his time spent in the wilderness as a student of Jesus, Christ, the change from murderer/terrorist are all played out in flash backs as Paul and Luke sit in a solitary cell within the darkness of his small cell.  Paul dictates – Luke writes what will become the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible.

Luke was a medical man.  He could diagnose and cure most diseases with the help of God.  He always gave the credit for the healings to his Creator, God.  As he listened to Paul’s story, he has doubts about his own Christian conviction.  When he learns that Paul was once destroying Christians with as much zeal as Nero, and then suddenly stopped because of an appearance by the One he was persecuting, it opened his eyes to God’s love and mercy even for his enemies.  It gave him new hope of the promise of salvation he had available to him.

The characters of the movie are played with great believability.  None of them appears any different than the average guy on the streets of Rome.  The story tells of courage under the most difficult persecutions of Nero.  People were burned and used as human torches to light the city streets.  They were beheaded, crucified and tortured.  When Nero’s circus began, the first act included the devouring of Christians by wild animals.  Still they remained courageous, knowing that death wasn’t the end for them.

Caviezal and Faulkner carry on ordinary conversations, but delve into subjects of God’s love for man and man’s love of his fellow man.  Love and forgiveness seem to be the common thread of the story related on the screen.  We’re listening in on ordinary men and women who were used by God to do extraordinary things in their lives – even unto dying for their beliefs.  The deeds they accomplished were through God’s grace and care of His children, but also for the spreading of the Gospel message throughout the world.

Most people will start out thinking it’s just another blood bathed story of Christianity, but I think it’s more than that.  There are some gory scenes that make you cringe, but still forgiveness even for those sins was carried out.  Christians are under attack today as they were then.  ISIS is killing, torturing and brutalizing those that will never deny their beliefs.  The film was dedicated to all those Christians who have perished through persecution.

If you have a chance, this is the perfect flick for Holy Week.






As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. Thanks for the review! It’s on my radar and I shall see it at some point. 🙂

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  2. Laura says:

    We saw it yesterday, and it was so well done. Good to blog about it and get the word out. We need more support of quality Christian movies.

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  3. oneta hayes says:

    Thanks for the thumbs up. I seldom watch movies but I still like to know about good ones – just in case. Also it is encouraging to know there are good ones being made.

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  4. Excellent review, Kathy. I did enjoy it as well. Nice to see Aquilla and Pricilla included.

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  5. I was not even aware of this movie Kathy! Thank you for blogging about it so I can check it out. It sounds like a good one.

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  6. Oh, thank you for the heads up! I’ve seen the previews and wondered if it were as good as it looked! ❤ and hugs to you!

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  7. Definitely a must see movie!


  8. the movie is owesome. i like to watch good christian movies. thanks for sharing your reviews about the movie.

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