The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry opens in theaters across the country this weekend. It’s not coming to Minnesota, but fortunately I had a chance to watch a review copy this morning and was delighted by this God-centered, high-quality Christian film. In case you haven’t heard, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry is the latest independent Christian film to be rolled out in American theaters and hopes to share in the widespread appeal that was enjoyed by Fireproof last fall. The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry is being promoted through Christian leaders in every community showing the film.
The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry is unlike any Christian film I’ve seen. Most of it’s uniqueness comes from it’s being set in 1970. The film really takes one back in time to a simpler world where neighbors knew one another, helped one another out, and children grew up fishing, walking downtown, going to diners and reading their Bibles. Below is the official synopsis:
Best buddies Dustin (Jansen Panettiere), Albert (Frankie Ryan Manriquez), and Mark (Allen Isaacson) are twelve year old boys looking forward to a summer of fun in 1970. When Dustin mows the lawn of seventy-five year old Jonathan Sperry (Gavin MacLeod), a man he has seen at church, a unique friendship develops. What happens the rest of this summer is something Dustin and his friends will never forget!
The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry is a lovely film that will encourage your faith and challenge key areas in your life as a believer. The need for positive role models and mentors in today’s world is so great; this film shows how the simple act of mentoring young people can impact lives on a deep level. The film also shows sharing one’s faith and loving one’s neighbor as key, normal parts of the Christian Life. These qualities are modeled perfectly in Jonathan Sperry and his little disciples. I found myself motivated anew to share my faith, love my neighbors and mentor younger believers.
The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry opens this weekend in hundreds of theaters in almost every major market in the US. I want to encourage you to check for a theater and go out to see this film this weekend. I promise that in doing so, you will be entertained and stimulated in your faith. You will also be helping to send a message to cinema owners, film producers and major studios that Christ-Centered Christian Films can do well in the mainstream market. As a fan of Christian Film, one of the greatest ways you can support the industry is to watch this film in the theaters this weekend.
If there’s not a theater near you, it’s not too late to bring the film to your community. You may be the one God has set aside to book a theater in your area.