A riveting retelling of an esteemed evangelist's journey to Jesus! After being abused by an alcoholic father and a farmhand, a young boy chooses to defy God. Yet God, in his mercy, redeems the tragic situation. Today Josh McDowell proclaims Christ to millions of people. Discover the story of his dramatic spiritual transformation and the God who cares! Dove approved (12+). 68 minutes.
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Review 1 for Undaunted: The Early Life of Josh McDowell, DVD
I was working with the youth of my church with the pastor approached me and said that another pastor had approached him about the possibility of several churches joining together for a Josh McDowell conference. I had never heard about Josh McDowell at that point. All the details were planned. On the first night of the conference two things happened: (1) I was so impressed by Josh McDowell and what he had to say and (2) I met my husband for the first time. That has been 24 years ago now. Although we have been admirers of Josh McDowell's books like More Than A Carpenter, Right from Wrong and Don't Check your Brains At the Door, I never had any clue of Josh's life before his ministry.
Opening scenes of this movie start with Josh's earliest memories. His Dad has lost their farm and the entire town has turned out to mock them. It was painful to watch the reenactment. I hurt to think of what that was like for him as a child. It hurt even more to hear him admit that was the point that he turned his back on God.
Josh grew up with an alcoholic and extremely violent father. His mother is a large woman and has difficulties getting around. The family hires a live in housekeeper who sexually abuses Josh for years. Because the movie is done as a docudrama with scenes in the movie with brief scenes of narration from Josh, you can see the pain on his face as he relives each of these moments of his childhood.
Because of some of the mature subject matter I would not recommend this movie for anyone younger than middle school age; however, I highly recommend this movie. It is a moving testimony. Those who have read McDowell's books will truly come away with a greater appreciation for who Josh is.
Thank you to Echo Light Studios for their providing me with a copy to review.