from CLINTON TWP, MI
Reviewed on 1/5/2013...
When I first heard about this movie I wasn't too enthusiastic about watching it. After all, how exciting can an evangelist's life be? It was great! Now one of my favorites, I have watched it twice and could easily enjoy it a third time. Charles Templeton is telling the story of Billy's life, this is what makes this movie so interesting. If you knew who Charles Templeton was it makes it even more fascinating. He was a very intelligent man. Before he met Billy, he had started a church in Canada and was a popular evangelist, just to mention a couple of things this very talented man did. When Youth for Christ started they hired Billy and Charles to evangelize the youth and they became great friends. Charles was probably the better preacher at the time, but when he saw the horrors of what the Nazi's did to the Jews he began to question God. How could a powerful, loving God have let this happen to His chosen people? This causes a crisis of faith for both him and Billy. Charles decides that he cannot worship a God that lets bad thing happen to people and Billy decides to trust that God has a plan even if he can't see it. (They didn't really answer the question that Charles had, but Billy had a childlike faith so he didn't seem to need intellectual answers. Lee Strobel has some good ones in his book "The Case For Faith" which also contains an interview he had with Charles. Charles wrote the book "Farewell to God" and explained why he left the faith.
If you look up Charles Templeton in Wikipedia you'll want to watch this movie!
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