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Like Arrows: A Must See for Parents Coming To Theaters Soon

Do you ever feel like perhaps you're just not doing so great at this parenting thing?

Honest truth: I feel like this often.

I was a young mom, turning 20-years-old just weeks after welcoming my first child. Being the first among my core group of friends to be married and start a family, I truly had to learn it all on my own along the way. But let's be honest, now at thirty with an 10.5 and 4.5 year old... I still feel like I'm learning as I go. I try my best to put my children first and to make the decisions I feel are best for them at that time... but I'm far from perfect. I make mistakes more often than I'd truly like to admit.

I think oftentimes parenting, especially as a first time parent, is just that... learning as we grow. It's HARD. Sometimes we don't get it right, and we just have to learn and move forward from that. But as time goes by, I find myself wondering if I ever am going to get it, or if it's too late to be the kind of parent that I'd always hoped to be.

Does this sound like you? If so, I have a new movie to introduce to you that may just help, Like Arrows:

When conflict, rebellion, and resentment overwhelm their family, Charlie and Alice are forced to rethink their parenting strategy. In the process, they realize how critical intentionality and focus are when shaping and molding young lives. FamilyLife’s first feature film explores the challenges and joys that come with raising children. Through a journey that unfolds over 50 years, Charlie and Alice discover the unmistakable power of family. Together, they learn that knowing and living by God’s Word is what brings transformation and hope to any family.

If you're looking for a glossed over, parenting through rose colored glasses movie--- well, this isn't it. But if you're looking for a movie that is real and honest... a movie that reminds you that none of us are perfect... this is just the movie to watch. It very beautifully shows us the realities of parenting. And the reality is this--- it's not easy. Kids don't come with a handbook, and while there are certainly many books on the market that claim to be just that, they're all telling us different things. One book says do this. The others says, 'No, that book was wrong, don't do that'. What are we supposed to believe? But this movie serves as a reminder that the best parenting book out there is one that we mostly already have--- the Bible. It is packed full of verses and life lessons to be applied to our parenting journey.

What I loved about this movie is that it did show the imperfection. It took our main characters Charlie and Alice many years to reach this turning point in their lives and their parenting journey to realize that something had to change and they had to live more intentionally. Now, I don't know about you... but I find change hard. Sometimes we get so stuck in this pattern that we just feel like it's too late... our kids won't take the change and well... it's just too late. While this is of course a fictional tale, it does show that it is never too late to turn it over to God and change focus. Is it easy? No. But it's worth it.

Photo Credit: Like Arrows Twitter

This movie takes place over the course of 50 years, jumping a few years here and there throughout the story. While at times I do wish I could have enjoyed seeing more during each of these phases... well, that's parenting isn't it? You blink and another 4 years have passed us by. But by creating the movie this way, it allows us to see the impact of our parenting throughout the years.

If you're struggling with parenting intentionally or are a new parent and feeling like you just don't know where to begin, I highly suggest checking out this movie. It has a powerful message that I truly believe all parents can benefit from. Check out this great video from FamilyLife to learn more about their fantastic Art of Parenting resources. And be sure to follow along on Twitter too.

Want to experience the movie for yourself? It will be available in select theaters around the country on May 1 & 3 ONLY! Visit here to find a showing in your area.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):   I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 


  1. This looks like a really good movie! I have to see it!

  2. Haven't heard of this movie until today. Looks exciting .


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