Five Summer Flicks That Inspire Courage and Compassion

//We love true stories. My kids, my hubs, and me. There’s nothing like gathering around the TV with popcorn on a Friday night and being inspired with an inspiring tale of overcoming. When we watch stories of courage and compassion, we open up a dialogue of how to live this way in real life. These are stories of flesh and blood greatness: surmounting hardship, prejudice, and socially-contrived boundaries. They deepen our belief that we can indeed do great things to make the world a beautiful, better place.

Movies do this like no other.

My 8-year old son and 12-year old daughter give the first four of these a thumbs up. The last one is on our list this summer. All true stories, all PG, which is hard to find these days!  //

Five Flicks with Fabulous True Stories

1.McFarland USA: a California coach moves his family to a rural Hispanic farming community. Facing cultural boundaries and an unpromising future for his students, he tries to make a better life for them and his own family by starting a track team.

2. Soul Surfer: young surfer Bethany Hamilton loses her arm in a shark attack and faces the daunting challenge of relearning how to do get back on the board and do what she loves.

3. Hidden Figures: a group of African-American women mathematicians working for NASA help the U.S. space program make strides in the cosmos and humanity.

4.We Bought a Zoo: a widower invests his entire financial future into a small, failing zoo. With his kids and new animal staff, he tries to bring it back to life.

5.The Eagle Huntress: a documentary about a young Mongolian girl who attempts to become the first female eagle huntress in 13 generations.

These movies are suites for ages 8+. However, as with all media, use your personal discretion to determine what is right for your family. Pluggedin.com and Commonsensemedia.com are great resources.

This post is part of Five Minute Friday, a community of speedy-fingered and highly creative faith writers. We write for five minutes on one word. This week was INSPIRE.  P.S. My kids are home this summer, so I don’t do anything in just five minutes. I try though.

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July 28, 2017