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naisulaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Inspired, encouraging, convicting all at once.January 3, 2012naisulaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This is a very compelling video showing the hand of God at work in many nations, including the US. Roughly the first hour documents things within the states, then the second hour shows what God is doing around the world in other countries such as China, Mozambique and Turkey.
Darren Wilson says himself that he isn't a natural filmmaker; I believe he was a screenwriter when God put this on his heart, even though he never picked up a camera before. So in that way, camera work is rather shaky at times, and focus comes in and out, but you still get the picture. Also keep in mind that this video doesn't seek to "prove" anything or make arguments... he's just trying to capture miracles on film. Even so, his narrative through the film is down-to-earth and authentic in his own journey to understand God.
I would highly recommend this video as well as his second video "Furious Love", and his book "Filming God". The book talks about his journey from skepticism to faith and gives the background story behind the two movies. I heard him share his testimony at a conference a couple months ago, and I had no idea the whole story behind these videos! Simply amazing. He was a huge skeptic on all things charismatic, but God did a major work in his life. The book provided a lot of depth and insight behind some of the miracles (or questions that arose) from watching the videos, which I feel can be helpful for the person who's wondering if these miracles were really from God, why would He give people gold teeth, etc. I found it helpful to have watched the videos first, then read the book, as he talks about things in the videos as if you'd seen them already. He also shares a lot of other stories in the book that he didn't have on film (e.g. other testimonies from people in the film, etc), that give a fuller picture of this great God we serve. Ultimately, it's still between you and God how you will receive this material. To God be all glory!
MikeBremerton, WAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5God's manifest presenceDecember 27, 2011MikeBremerton, WAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This video provides examples of God's manifest presence in various circumstances and activities around the world in our day. Evidence that God is still the same, yesterday, today and forever.
DannyBoyOakdale, CAAge: 18-24Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Good production and movie.August 10, 2011DannyBoyOakdale, CAAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4At first being an average day Americanized Christian, you think to yourself, "What did I buy?" But the second you get past the skepticism and actually see what the movie is trying to show the audience; then your sucked right into a world that needs love, and see some of God's children who are trying to make that difference. Great movie, and recommend the sequel 'Furious Love'.
Hope this helps,
Carol P5 Stars Out Of 5January 31, 2011Carol PQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow, for too long I read about the miracles Jesus performed and His disciples and thought that was then, this is now! This video challenged me to realize that nothing has changed between what was going on in the early church to what is possible in today's church! We limit God! Because of this video, our family regularly prays for miraculous healings and they have occurred! God's love is so amazing and powerful if we only stop putting Him in a box!
Gin Stark-Vance5 Stars Out Of 5September 20, 2010Gin Stark-VanceThis is a though-provoking, even controversial documentary of miracles, signs, and wonders in the church today. I highly recommend listening to the director's commentary as it adds much to the understanding of the film. Personally I am from a very conservative Christian background and the signs and wonders documented in this film are hard to believe. Fortunately, the director introduces each of the experiences in the film as a skeptic. He understands that the "average" Christian will never see gemstones falling from the sky but, as he says, couldn't God perform any sign He wants? This film made me rethink my attitudes toward miracles, particularly divine healing, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is open to something more than "playing church" as one pastor in the film stated. The next film, Furious Love, is even better.
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Submitted: September 13, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Darren Wilson. I'm the director of Finger of God, loving husband of my wife, Jenell, and father of 3 children: Serenity, Stryder, and River. I currently teach Media, Film, and Writing at Judson University, in Elgin, IL. I am also hard at work on the follow up to Finger, entitled Furious Love.
What was your motivation behind this project? My motivation was pretty simple: to chase the Spirit of God around the world in an attempt to capture what God is doing. The entire time I was filming, I had very little idea what the finished product was going to look like--which very nearly caused me to have more than a few nervous breakdowns! But God wanted to keep me wholly dependent on Him for this film, and so I quickly realized that my job was to simply be obedient and to take whatever God gave me. It started as a film about the miraculous, but in the course of nearly two years of filming, turned into something much more important than that. The film is really my personal journey around the world, starting out as a skeptic, and the transformation that takes place when a normal guy encounters the living, loving God.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? At first I had no idea what people would gain from the film. In fact, I was positive no one would even want to watch it! But since it's release earlier in 2008, it seems to have caught on like wildfire around the world--almost entirely through word-of-mouth. And now I can see how God appears to be using the film. The movie tends to affect many people by boosting their faith in a God who is still moving today--to the point where they cannot be satisfied with "normal" Christianity anymore. I have received countless emails from people telling me about how their church was turned upside down, or how God renewed their passion for the lost through the film. A group of older people in Singapore even started a club to go out once a week to pray for the sick after they watched the movie! Those kinds of stories only come from something that is infused with God's Spirit, and for that I can take no credit. It is very humbling to be God's servant for something like this.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? It changed my DNA. I started the film thinking most of this stuff was probably just overblown stories by a handful of wackos, or at the very least stories that were, shall we say, "enhanced" by well-meaning people. What I found was a reality that shook me to the core. God is moving around the world today in amazing, bizarre, and powerful ways, and this film simply scratches the surface of what He is doing. You can't see the things I saw while making this film and remain unchanged. Many people, when they finish watching the film, don't have words for what they've just seen. I tell people that for the unitiated, this movie is like going from 0-60 in 2.3 seconds. It's almost too much to take in. So while I had 2 years to process what I've seen, the viewer only has a little under 2 hours! It's no wonder that most people, after they watch the movie, have to go pray for someone, because they simply need to release what is rising up inside of them.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I'm a Hollywood guy. By that I mean, I never wanted to make specifically "Christian" movies. I wanted to make movies for Hollywood. So for me, an entertaining story is first and foremost. So I guess my main inspiration comes from anyone who tells a great story--from Spielberg to C.S. Lewis. For this particular film, I suppose you could say I was influenced by the storytelling techniques of Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine) and Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me).
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Simply that this film is not something I originally wanted to do. I had no hidden agenda while making it--I just wanted to be as honest and forthright as I could be. My main question throughout the making of this film was simply this: "Is there more to the Christian life than simply believing the right stuff, going to church, and trying to be a good person?" What I discovered, and what you will see for yourself, is that yes, indeed, there is MUCH more to the Christian life than that!