You may remember that I am trying to compile a list of the Top Ten Christian Movies. You may also recall that I am finding it a bit difficult. Still, I am optimistic. I'll get there eventually.
My list so far - up to number 6 - is here.
Today I watched number 7. Yup, I did. It is Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, and it is exceptionally good. It's the story of the life of the world renowned paediatric neurosurgeon, Dr Benjamin Carson.
In 1961 when the film begins, Benny is 11. He's black. He comes from a single parent family. He can barely read. And he has a temper he can't control.
He also has an exceptional mother. A mother who loves her sons and who wants a better life for them than she had. She is also a committed Christian.
Benny's mother sees that telly is having a negative influence on her two boys, and so she limits them to two or three programmes a week and then sends them to the library to read. At least two books a week. With book reviews. She has them learn their multiplication tables. And do picture study. And music appreciation. Okay, she doesn't call them that, but that's what they are. It's all very CMish in fact.
This young man comes third in his High School Class and gains a scholarship to Yale. Eventually he wins one of only two positions as Neurosurgical Intern at the prestigious John Hopkins Hospital in Maryland.
He gets there because of the intentional parenting of his mother. He gets there because of books. And he gets there because of his unwavering faith in God.
This is a film highly deserving of position number 7.