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 is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.

  • 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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