Interesting, informative, and moving, despite occasionally feeling unclear
September 2, 2015
Julie in MN
Interesting, informative, and moving, despite sometimes being a bit unclear to the novice. The movie started with his conversion as a teen, from thinking traveling preachers were there for money to feeling God was speaking to him. Then his going to seminary (his reasons for changing schools weren't clear to me, but he did go on to get ordained). Thorough coverage of his first big crush who left him and then his pursuit of Ruth Bell. It mentioned his famous commitment to not being alone with another woman, although the course of events wasn't totally clear to me -- perhaps it was brought about by a misleading newspaper story showing him with money bags after an offering? The movie is told by another preacher who began as Billys mentor but then became agnostic and eventually a devout atheist teaching at Yale or something. That was the crisis of the movie, leading Billy to wonder how the Bible fit with current science, and he concluded that God's answer was just rely on faith not the details, which again could have been more clearly defined. Despite a few topics that felt rather loosely covered, it was a wholesome, true movie that I enjoyed and I re-purchased to give as a gift.
I was impressed with this movie. It showed a little bit about Billy Graham's background and going into the ministry. I got so involved with it I wished it was longer because I wanted it to go on. Good movie.