Movie: The Grace Card

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Yesterday afternoon we did the unthinkable: first, we went to a movie. (Well, that isn’t too shocking since this is my…um, 1, 2, 3…sixth theater experience, but still….) Second, we drove three hours round-trip to watch it. Was it worth it? Totally.

The Grace Card is a story of tragedy, hatred, and ultimately forgiveness. The opening scene shows a happy young family’s life turned upside-down and basically destroyed by a tragic death. Fifteen years later, it shows this same family being torn apart by the unseen foes of bitterness and buried pain. Mac, the father, is a police officer unhappy with his work; the mother, a homemaker, trying to keep her broken family in some semblance of togetherness; the son, a failing student making choices that could ruin his entire life.

A model family, aren’t they?

Now consider one of Mac’s fellow police officers, Sam Wright. An African American, Sam is a Christian on fire for Jesus, a preacher on Sundays, policeman Monday through Friday. He has a loving wife (who makes him broccoli casseroles instead of lasagna) and two young daughters–quite a contrast to Mac’s family.

When Sam and Mac are assigned to the same patrol car, neither are excited about the arrangement. Racial tension coupled with conflicting personalities push their limits. After a horrible tragedy occurs, it seems that the emotional wounds inflicted will never be healed. But the depths of God’s saving love–and His power to change lives–must never be underestimated.

I haven’t cried this much in a movie in a long time. When you’re watching a movie in the theater, it’s almost comical to hear the ladies’ synchronized sniffs and nose-blowings. Seriously, the Grace Card producers know how to tug your heartstrings.

The acting in The Grace Card was great, especially considering this is the producers’ first movie. The songs they chose–by Toby Mac and Third Day–made me cry even more. (As a musician, I wished they had more transition music between scenes, but that’s just my personal opinion.)

This movie was especially timely for me, since I’m reading Randy Alcorn’s book Dominion which also deals with racial issues. I’ve never fully understood this centuries-old dilemma, but these two perspectives are challenging me to think more deeply about it.

So, my challenge for you–go to the Grace Card website and see if there’s a theater-showing near you. It’s a message definitely worth supporting! If not, watch the movie after it comes out on DVD. And if you don’t cry, please send me an e-mail at

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Krissy
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 17:25:14

    Looks like a pretty good movie!:)I'll look into it for sure!:D-Sonia


  2. Katie
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 03:06:51

    I've been looking forward to this movie coming out for a long time. From the trailer and your review, it sounds great! The nearest theater showing it is an hour and a half away, so we'll have to wait until it comes out on dvd. It's so nice to have a movie to look forward to!


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