**Congratulations to Lacey W, the giveaway winner!**
I’m so excited to share another Pure Flix film with you, which is part of their Christmas lineup of family- and faith-centered films (190 of them to choose from!) for you to enjoy as we prepare our hearts for Christmas. (I will also have a 3-month Pure Flix subscription to give away to one reader!) I was gifted the opportunity to watch the Pure Flix film “Silver Bells,” about a sportscaster dad whose heart is given more to his games coverage and film time—than it is to his family. Until, that is, he becomes “that” dad during his son’s basketball game.
About “Silver Bells”
“I’m Bruce Dalt. Action 8 Sports. For the win!”
Bruce Dalt (played by Bruce Boxleitner) is bigger than life. He’s jovial, fun, and knows everything about sports. But–he’s driven. Can’t bear to lose. Vetoes his wife’s plan for silver Christmas lights because the Dalt family always “goes for the win!” –Which means gold. Little by little, we see the other side of Bruce. He does love his family–but there’s something inside him that can’t give up first place. So, there’s rudeness. Selfishness. Choosing work over family celebration and togetherness. (Painfully unaware of his effects on others.) He’s pretty sure that he knows more than anyone else in the room.
His actions at his son’s basketball game have swift and serious consequences…that finally, eventually, give Bruce an opportunity to become a different man.
“You never know WHAT God has in mind.”
Major Lowell of the Salvation Army, played by Antonio Fargas, in “Silver Bells”
(He also gets this fantastic line: “I didn’t say we were robbing a bank!”)
Because of Bruce’s choices, he’s required to do a couple of things; restitution, to the ref. And many hours of community service, with the Salvation Army. (And if there’s anything we know about Bruce? Service is not his thing.)
My thoughts about “Silver Bells”
Well! Welcome to my new favorite Christmas movie!
Our family loves sports movies, so this one was both an easy viewing choice and one that provided lovely moments of faith, redemption, and family. (Eventually. Because Bruce has a hard road to head down first.) Actor Bruce Boxleitner is fantastic as the dad (and his interactions with Kevin Downes, the referee, are priceless. After their *first* interaction, which is more on the cringey and painful side). Before his costly mistake, you really can see that there’s a diamond in the rough in him. It’s just going to take a lot of sanding to get to that diamond.
It’s very much a sort of modern “A Christmas Carol” film (without the ghosts). But Bruce’s journey isn’t an overnight, immediate character transformation. His is gradual. Painstaking. (And at times, painful.) I loved that, though, because it made the story feel so real. I don’t want to give too much away, because it’s an utter joy to watch without knowing what’s going to happen. I will tell you that the story arc (and the character arc too!) is fantastic. There is humor (yes! I laughed out loud!). And heartwarming faith–love–and change.
It is wonderful! And beautiful. And it’s a film you can watch safely with your entire family. Don’t miss “Silver Bells” on Pure Flix!
“That’s not the way it should be among you. Instead, whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant…That’s the way it is with the Son of Man. He did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many…”Matthew 20:26-28, The Bible (ISV)
Watch the “Silver Bells” trailer here!
Check out the Christmas film offerings on Pure Flix!
With 190 Christmas film titles, you won’t run out of wholesome, faith-centered family viewing goodness this season. 45 of these are brand-new on Pure Flix in 2022! In addition, there are 11 Pure Flix Originals (6 of them new in 2022) and 3 new exclusives. You’ll find amazing series and movies like:
- “The Way,” with Kathie Lee Gifford
- “Lifemark,” with Kirk Cameron and a fantastic cast, which celebrates adoption and life
- Original Pure Flix series “Legacy Peak” and “Saved by Grace,” which feature family, answered prayers, and visits from angels
- “Thursday Night Club,” with friends and community helping a young woman who’s suffered enormous loss
- And so much more. And of course, “Silver Bells”!
You can see more of what’s available by clicking on this Pure Flix link.
Subscribe to Pure Flix today!
Pure Flix is providing a great discount for new subscribers now ONLY THROUGH 11/29/22, for Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. Here are the details:
- Enjoy a free 7-day trial and then pay only 99 cents for the next two months when you sign up today or tomorrow at Pure Flix.
- After this promotion, subscription rates revert to $7.99 per month.
- And, if you’ve been a Pure Flix subscriber and want to rejoin, your rate will be $59.99.
Join now and check out “Silver Bells” — and all the other fantastic films on Pure Flix!
Enter to win a 3-month subscription to Pure Flix here!
Pure Flix is offering a 3-month streaming subscription for one FINCHNWREN reader! (Limited to US entries and those who have not won a Pure Flix subscription in the past 6 months.)
To enter, just click on the “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 12/3/22. Best wishes!
You can also check out these great posts on the Pure Flix blog
15 Christmas Prayers to Share with Your Family
6 Tips to Keep Christ in Christmas
5 Christmas Bible Verses and Stories to Reflect on This Season
Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.