Go See “God Grew Tired of Us”

I’ve just seen the first film of the year that will be on my Favorites of 2007 list at the end of the year.

God Grew Tired of Us tells a heartbreaking, awe-inspiring story, and it does so with energy, attentiveness, efficiency, and a surprising amount of humor. There is also a knockout punch at the end that will fill theaters with the smell of fresh tears.

It’s this year’s Born Into Brothels… and by that I mean it’s a film that will do a number on your perspective, cause you to rethink your priorities, and catch by surprise anybody who thinks this is going to be just another sobering documentary Africa. You’ll come away feeling like you’ve met and come to love three amazing men who have survived an ordeal we can’t even begin to imagine. And it reminds us that while Iraq is an important conflict and a nightmare, it is not the center of violent conflict in the world… it is merely the front on which the U.S. is taking substantial forceful action. There are other nightmares, and we should know about them, pray about them, and get involved however we can.

When you see what these men have survived, what America means to them, the cultural challenges they must meet and overcome, and what they have done with their opportunities and resources… it’ll get to you.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Jim Sanders

    I saw this film over the weekend and found it to be quite moving. There was also a documentary a couple of years ago called “The Lost Boys of Sudan” that covered another group of lost boys resettled in Houston. That is also well worth checking out.


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