When I give my word to anyone, I never like to be behind on delivering on my promises.... but - sadly - time waits for no man (or woman).
The preview link for the Entrusted With Arrows documentary was forwarded to me a few weeks ago, on the understanding that DH and I would view the documentary and post a review. So, without further ado.....
Set in North America, Entrusted With Arrows is an hour-long documentary film that challenges Christian men to be the fathers God designed them to be (spiritual leaders at home..... responsible, God-led, husbands and fathers). The overarching theme is one of recovery... the willingness to take even drastic steps to recover from the family leadership crisis that seems to be prevalent the world over.
The six fathers interviewed share their stories - each different from the one before it, but having one thing in common... an adherence to a Christian worldview... a desire to accomplish what God has set before them in Deuteronomy 6:5-9... by any means necessary. In the cases presented, that desire led them to develop businesses that kept them close to home and in constant reach of their children.
Their wives contribute their thoughts on what the journey felt like for them, and when the credits start rolling, it is still not time to tune out, because that is when the children speak up.
Statistics and searchable references are provided throughout the film that buttress the basic point being made... that the world is in need of godly men who will do what it takes to revive and restore familial values in the society as we know it.
- The issues addressed in the film were dealt with from a Biblical perspective.
- Although the film addressed the role of the fathers, primarily, the contribution of the wives and children bring a nice balance to the conversation about the changes in child training/homeschooling when Dad suddenly becomes more available.
- The inclusion of current statistics, references and biblical instruction, adds meat to the film and makes it much more than a mere collection of thoughts and experiences from families unknown to us.
- The narration by Greg Lanniman made it clear that he was not detached from the ideas he is attempting to convey. It is obvious that he is a father speaking to fathers about something very near and dear to his heart.
- The length... One father mentioned the concept of an exit strategy for leaving the regular workforce, and we would have loved for the concept to have been developed beyond the two seconds in which it was mentioned. Not a definition really... more of a discussion about what that looked like for him. Another 15 to 30 minutes would probably do it.
- Really... that was our only issue. :)
Here is the trailer:
The DVD (with special bonus features) is available here.