Find God in the coming Love Finds You Movies

By Dianne E. Butts:

Fans of the Guidepost novels can look forward to the coming Love Finds You movies for TV.

 


The Love Finds You movie series will be produced by Mission Pictures International.

What do Humble, Texas; Miracle, Kentucky; and Sisters, Oregon have in common?  Besides being the settings of novels in the popular “Love Finds You” book series (Guideposts’ Summerside imprint) they are also settings for the soon to be made-for-TV Love Finds You movies, based on those novels. While characters from the pages come to life on screen to find romantic love, hopefully viewers will also find God in these films.

In a recent interview, I visited with Chevonne O’Shaughnessy, founder of Mission Pictures International (MPI) and one of the Executive Producers of the Love Finds You movies, and asked her how she got connected to this project.

“Bill Schultz, who sells for Mission Pictures to Christian bookstores, came to me and showed me the books. He said his daughter was a big fan of them, so I took them home and started reading. I loved the concept from the beginning. The stories were fun and uplifting. We could make them on a budget. And there was a market for them both domestically and internationally.”

An article by John W. Kennedy on Beliefnet.com says:

“…that while the books do involve romantic girl-meets-boy they are not just about that. The heroine of a Love Finds You story…will first learn to love herself for who she is.”

“Each one of the books has a positive message of morals,” Chevonne said. And the love is “not just romance between a man and a woman, but the woman finds herself back with her family and her community that she had lost.”

Chevonne got into the film industry more than twenty years ago with PM Entertainment, which produced and distributed over 175 titles plus two TV series. She co-owns Mission Pictures with Cindy Bond, and they serve as the films’ executive producers. MPI is now the leading distributor for faith and uplifting stories in the international market, she said. So producing a TV series is a natural fit. Chevonne hopes consumers “can sit down together as a family and enjoy a movie,” she told me.

Chevonne said they are still developing the script, so no casting or locations have been set yet. The Beliefnet.com article says, the films “will feature very recognizable TV stars.”

“At this moment we have seven books that we are doing with Guideposts with an option on the remaining forty-five books,” Chevonne said. In addition to a story set in each of the fifty United States, the series includes a Christmas movie. And besides the three books mentioned at the opening of this article and the Christmas movie, the other four books that have been optioned are set in Charm, Ohio; Sun Valley, Idaho; and Carmel, California.

MPI plans to post the progress of the films on the Guidepost website for fans to follow.

It sounds to me as though we have a lot to look forward to with Mission Pictures and its efforts to help viewers find God in the coming Love Finds You TV movies.

Video: No videos for the Love Finds You movie series are available yet, but here’s one from another movie from MPI: Seven Days in Utopia.

 

© Dianne E. Butts. Diane’s latest book is Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ, with Renee Gray-Wilburn. Also an aspiring screenwriter, Dianne produced the short film The Choice, based on a story in her book Deliver Me, about unplanned pregnancy. Learn more HERE or at www.DianneEButts.com.

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Find God after Abortion with the Film ‘The Choice’

By Dianne E. Butts:

How can you find God after abortion?  The book Deliver Me and the short film ‘The Choice’ offer hope.

 

Bring up the subject of abortion and discussions get heated. Pro-lifers fight for the unborn. Pro-choicers fight for “a women’s right to choose.” (My short film, embedded below, reveals a different kind of choice.) In the melee, people who are forgotten are those who made the choice, experienced abortion, and now live with that choice. They often suffer multiple symptoms including believing God will never forgive them. But I discovered some find God after abortion.

In my book Deliver Me: Hope, Help, & Healing through True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy, I talked with many women (and men) about their decision to have an abortion. Most of them told me that afterwards they struggled with nightmares, depression, fear, promiscuity, anger, anxiety, guilt, alcohol dependency, drug abuse, or suicidal thoughts or attempts. These symptoms can increase around the anniversary of the abortion, the date when the child would have been born, and holidays like Mother’s Day.

These and other symptoms collectively are called Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS).

In February, I participated in the 168 Film Project, which is a speed filmmaking contest to make a short film (11 minutes max) based on an assigned Bible verse in 168 hours (1 week). This year for the first time I headed up my own film team as Producer, Director, and Writer.

This year’s contest theme was “Promises” (from God) and my team was assigned Romans 10:11-13:

 “As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.’ For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile —the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”

As I prayed about what story we would make into a film that week, I thought of a story in my book Deliver Me called “The Choice” by Chris Jackman, a singer/songwriter. Chris told me in the years following her abortion she deeply regretted her choice, thought God would never forgive her, and found herself numerous times with a razor to her wrist trying to work up the courage to end her torment. Eventually, at the suggestion of a Christian bookstore owner, Chris wrote and recorded an entire CD about her experience called “The Choice.”

Whether because of shame, guilt, or fear of being found out, many women (and men) live with a hidden secret: they’ve lost a child to abortion. They live with the agony of what they’ve done and the fear that they have committed the one sin God will never forgive. That’s a lie. Don’t listen to the lies anymore. God will forgive you. He loves you.

This Mother’s Day, I want to recognize all those mothers and fathers who have lost a child to abortion. As my Mother’s Day gift to you, here is my film ‘The Choice’. My prayer is that it will find its way to the women and men who need its message of love and hope and forgiveness, and that you will find God after abortion.

The Choice – HD

(Film run time, 10 minutes. Includes the original song The Choice, by Chris Jackman (Christene Jackman); part of a biographical music story on CD about her abortion recovery journey.)

© Dianne E. Butts. Dianne is a freelance writer, author, and screenwriter. Her latest book, Deliver Me for those in an unplanned pregnancy or with one in their past, just won a “Book of the Year” award. Her next book, Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ, is due out mid-August, 2012, from Pix-N-Pens Publishing. Her first book Dear America has just been republished for Kindle. Follow her writing at www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.com

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Finding God While Feeding the Birds

By Karen O’Connor:


Image: Idea go/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My neighbor Bob has a hummingbird feeder that attracts these little ‘helicopters’ by the droves.  Finches skitter and balance on the edge of trays full of birdseed.  As I watched them one day, I realized that finding God while feeding the birds of the air, or simply watching them, is something any of us can do.

Jesus taught us:

“Look at the birds of the air,” he said. “They do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26 )

What a thought-provoking question. To be certain of God’s love for us and his extraordinary provision—even in difficult times––all we have to do is look to our feathered friends. They don’t worry about where their next meal is coming from or whether there will be shelter. They do what they were created to do and God takes care of the rest. Oh to live such a trusting and grace-filled life.

The next time I feel the grip of fear I’m going to walk into my yard and focus on the birds, who have much to teach me about my heavenly father who cares for me and for every one of his creation.

 Karen O’Connor is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com.

Enjoy this inspiring YouTube video on the parables of Jesus—the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, produced by Real Discoveries.

Here, too are some YouTube instructions on how to build a bird feeder. As you attract your own hungry birds and enjoy watching them, perhaps you too may end up finding God while feeding the birds.

Bird Feeder Plans and Step-by-Step Instructions

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