Looking Forward to taking my kids to Opening Night of this Movie

MovieStills_CoryBrand1My boys are aware of the effects alcoholism has on families. As middle schoolers they’re mature enough to understand the themes and relate to the recovery and redemption message of Home Run, which opens in theatres across America this weekend.

Supporters/sponsors of the film include Celebrate Recovery (a Christian-based excellent recovery program), Iron Sharpens Iron, Fathers.com, and the National Fatherhood Initiative.  Gotta love THAT.

I’m all about boys and baseball. And I’m all about responsible and modeling fatherhood.  And any Christian messages that are mixed in will be icing on the cake!  Can’t WAIT to see this.

Here is a teaser from the presser. I’ll review on Saturday, of course:


Freedom is Possible

Baseball all-star Cory Brand knows what it takes to win in the big leagues. But off the field, with memories of his past haunting him, his life is spiraling out of control.

Hoping to save her client’s career and reputation after a DUI and a team suspension, Cory’s agent sends him back to the small town where he grew up. Forced to coach the local youth baseball team and spend eight weeks in the only recovery program in town, Cory can’t wait to return to his old life as quickly as possible.

As his young players help him experience the joy of the game, Cory discovers his need to find freedom from his past and hope for his future … and win back the love he left behind.  With this unexpected second chance, Cory finds himself on a powerful journey of transformation and redemption.

Based on thousands of true stories, HOME RUN is a powerful reminder that with God, it’s never too late … because freedom is possible.

9 thoughts on “Looking Forward to taking my kids to Opening Night of this Movie

  1. I have issues with Celebrate Recovery. I know a few Catholics who left the Church due to it. One was a Parish Business Admin as well as a Eucharistic Minister, the other was just an EM, both from my old hometown parish. Another ex-Catholic member (never known by me personally) had joined a now-defunct Catholics in Recovery social network I ran, and was constantly evangelizing the other members about it. I banned him, as his actions and purpose contravened my intentions for the network.

    The problem with non-denominational recovery programs is that they often inculcate in their members the idea that “it doesn’t matter what you believe in, as long as you believe in something.” With the indifferentist corollary that all Churches are the same.

    • I totally get it Paulaholic and agree. I think Celebrate Recovery is like nondenominational mega Churches who pull un-properly-catechized Catholics away from the Faith. In addition, there are some anti-Catholic elements of CR (and AA and 12 steps) that really urk and pain me. That’s why even though I liked many aspects of CR, I didnt fit in because I’m a practicing Catholic. I have a very firm Catholic Faith so I am able to appreciate all the good these programs do without being drawn into leaving my beliefs. The problem lies in those of us alcoholics who have been poorly catechized and leave the Faith because of programs like CR and AA. For me, personally, that is not a fear I have. But for others yes. I blame us, though. Not CR. We suck at our mission and evangelization. And if someone finds their way back to the Catholic Faith via round about roads like AA and Celebrate Recovery then I have to be all for that. It’s not the most direct way to the Truth but it may very well bring others back eventually. One of my missions here is to proclaim loudly and proudly my Faith in Recovery and Catholicism and hopefully, hopefully, by Gods grace attract others to reinvestigate their childhood Faith. 😉 Thank you SO MUCH for your quick passionate reasoned response. It provides an e cel lent element of Truth to this!!!!!!!

  2. That looks like such a great movie – thanks for the plug for it! I have a few that you and your boys might like – and based on the synopsis of this movie, y’all may have already seen them. “The Fifth Quarter”, “Courageous” and “Facing the Giants” are all three of our favorite family movies. Inspirational with some Christianity thrown in for good measure. Will be on the lookout for Home Run for sure!

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