There is an amazing movie opening this Friday, August 23! Maybe you’ve seen trailers for it this summer when when you’ve escaped the heat to watch a movie in a cool, dark theater. We did, and we’ve been waiting for it to come to theaters all summer long. Finally, it’s almost here!
What is Overcomer?
Overcomer is the newest film from the Kendrick Brothers Productions (comprised of brothers Alex, Stephen, & Shannon). It tells the story of a coach, who’s lost much of his team and even his own identity as a star basketball coach when financial difficulty hits his small town. His principal (played by Priscilla Shirer) offers him a different coaching position, for a sport he hates: cross-country running. Out of choices, he reluctantly accepts…only to discover that his team is composed of only one runner.
A young woman with asthma.
Suddenly, success is not just looking a long way off…but maybe even impossible. The coach begins to question everything; his commitment to his work, his purpose in life, his faith, and even his own identity.
But interestingly enough, his runner is asking some very similar questions about her own life and purpose. Who is she anyway? What can she accomplish? Does she even matter to anyone?
About the Kendrick Brothers
You’ve probably seen or even heard of the films, told from the perspective of the Christian faith, that these brothers have created and produced (and even starred in):
- Facing the Giants
- War Room
The Kendrick Brothers Productions exists to honor God and share the truth and love of Jesus Christ through movies, books, curriculum and speaking. By blending engaging stories with doctrinal integrity, the Kendricks seek to encourage and inspire audiences with resources that positively impact their lives and strengthen their faith, families, and personal relationships.
Overcomer is the latest in the Kendrick Brothers’ films, that asks the questions: Who are we? What is our identity? Who is God? Who cares about us? Designed to encourage individuals and families as they walk out their lives in faith, Overcomer looks like another incredible film. I cannot wait to see it!
Here’s what the stars and producers have to say about Overcomer:
“The movie OVERCOMER is about identity, an issue that everyone deals with. Everyone needs to answer the questions: ‘Who is God?’, and ‘Who am I?’, and the Scriptures deal with both of those things. When a person discovers who they are in Christ, it opens up an understanding of how they can live that out in a daily basis in what they do in their relationships with others,” said Stephen Kendrick.
“Cross country is a very difficult sport. From the time you start, you do not stop or pause until you cross the finish line. And in many regards, that’s like our life; that’s our journey of faith,” said Alex Kendrick.
“I hope moviegoers will realize their salvation is about much more than just having a ticket to eternity. They were actually given a brand-new identity. Which means, they have access to spiritual blessings, they have an inheritance, they have all this stuff that’s available to them, this side of eternity. And when you realize that, that means the decisions you make, the relationships you have, the trajectory you choose, the ambitions that you hold, all of that stuff will reflect, and be indicative of your brand-new identity. That changes and transforms the way you live,” said Priscilla Shirer.
And what is an overcomer, anyway?
“OVERCOMER in many regards, is a discovery of who we are in Christ, who gets to determine our identity and what we have to overcome to embrace the life God has for us,” said Alex Kendrick.
“Overcoming is about powering through and realizing that on the other side of it you are stronger and more courageous than when you started,” said Shari Rigby.
“Being an overcomer means you keep your head up and you know that you’re going to get through it; you figure out a way to get through it, you keep your faith strong, you get through it, and you just thank God,” said Aryn Wright-Thompson.
“Being an overcomer means there is pain, discomfort, inconvenience, life’s tough, and yet you have joy and peace and all the stuff that you can only have if there is an anchor in your soul,” said Priscilla Shirer.
Does that whet your appetite? Well, you can watch the trailer below! (Just have a couple of tissues handy. I’m honestly going to have to find some waterproof mascara before I see this in the theater!)
Kendrick Brothers Productions has also created some parent resources to go along with the film, that you can use with your own teens and kiddos. Just click on Parent Resources to find these; you’ll be able to download free a Parent Primer (Your Child’s Identity in Christ), a Sports Team guide, and a Family Guide to help with conversations after you see the film. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page to find these, after you click on the link.
We all go through times where we are wondering about our own identities. Suffering, tough times, challenges can all make us ask who we are, if God cares for us or even sees our struggles, and if we’ll possibly be able to make it through. This is true for us all, whether we’re adults, parents, CEOs, teens, or children. We all wonder.
Overcomer wants to help us as we ask those questions—and help us find the answers that will encourage us, strengthen us, and build us up. And, your entire family might enjoy seeing it together! Check it out!
See more about Overcomer on social media
Interested in seeing more? Visit Overcomer on its social media sites for more information!
Website – https://www.overcomermovie.com
Twitter – @overcomermovie https://twitter.com/OvercomerMovie?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
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