I grew up in a family loving movie. Going to the movies was part of many family traditions – including a movie on Thanksgiving night. One of my sisters has more movies than I can count. I married a man who loves movies just as much as my family. I love a good movie, but I don’t watch many anymore. I grew weary of the Hollywood version of life and love and the false sense of reality it creates. Every once in a while, though, a movie is produced that deserves recognition and support from my bank account. Home Run is such a movie.
Home Run is the story of Cory Brand, a professional baseball player struggling with alcoholism. After a series of bad decisions, Cory is forced by his team and league to leave baseball and seek help through a step program for his problems. Cory finds himself back in his small town hometown dealing with his current and past problems. The only step program he can find is Celebrate Recovery, a Christian 12 step program. I’ll let you see the movie to fill in the rest of the story, but it is full of real life mistakes, redemption and forgiveness.
I previewed Home Run with a group from my church, including my small group leader and mentor, Julie. Our church has a very active, very large Celebrate Recovery ministry so we were all familiar with the program before we saw the movie. We were all thrilled that Celebrate Recovery played such a pivotal role in lives of the characters n the movie. Many of us who saw the movie know people whose lives have been deeply impacted by Celebrate Recovery’s 12 step program so for us, this was as true to life as a movie gets. There were more than a few tears shed at the end of the movie and we all agreed that we need to get this movie in a theater in our town!
Home Run opens in theaters across the nation on April 19th, but it’s only showing in a limited amount of theaters. You can check if it’s showing near you at HomeRun Movie. If, like me, you don’t see anywhere near you listed – don’t fret! You can bring it to town – and trust me, you want to! Batting 1000 is a campaign that you can get involved with to bring the movie to your town. To learn more, download the Batting 1000 campaign guide.
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“Nothing great happens when you hold back.” – Cory Brand, Home Run
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— Growing Up Gabel (@TheGabels) March 5, 2013