The 5th Kendrick Brother production, The War Room, opened in theaters as the #2 film in September, climbing to the #1 film the following weekend. Its success shocked the same critics that had trashed it, topping more that $50 million in receipts. It eventually made over $70 million in the box office. The compelling subject matter? It's about an elderly woman’s prayer closet.
The War Room DVD was released before Christmas, selling 11 million copies its opening weekend. It cost about $4 million to make. The Kendrick Brothers did not set out to make money. Their goal was to change lives. Regardless of their intent, both things have happened. The War Room’s success is an amazing illustration of light penetrating darkness.
My husband and I saw the movie with friends. We all enjoyed it. It was realistic about the challenges of marriage. The main characters fought real temptations as they pursued the very same American Dream that so many of us pursue. The movie is humorous and inspiring as it tells a faith-building story in which prayer is the main theme. The elderly woman who mentors the younger main character is played unpretentiously and excellently. She is zealous and committed. I was very pleased at my friend’s main comment about the movie. She said that she had never thought of a “prayer strategy” before and would be seeking God for hers. I certainly was motivated to get a new one of my own.
It thrills me to think that more than 11 million people will be seeing this movie either for the first time, or again via DVD. I encourage you to spend 120 of your own minutes in the days ahead watching this movie. You will be inspired to pray and see dramatic changes in your own life.