There are few things I appreciate more about Christian movies than their ability to state, and sometimes overstate, the importance of acknowledging what a lost and broken world it is we live in. One of the most prevalent side effects of an ill word is illness itself. Often times, films do their audience a disservice by disregarding the realities men and women encounter when they face illnesses of any kind. Thankfully, Christian movies refuse to ignore what so many families live with every day.

But it isn’t enough to call out illness and state that it exists. No one likes the kid who always complains about all the bad things that are around without offering up any sort of solution. Luckily, we in the Christian movie industry have access to the solution and the resources to make His name known. For this reason, the following family-friendly films have been made in an effort to acknowledge not only the very real problems presented to fallen humanity by illness, but also the solution himself, Jesus Christ.

A Vow to Cherish: Couples walk down the aisle having uttered the intense promise to stick together “in sickness and in health.” See as these permanent promises are tested in the lives of one particular couple with a special appearance by Billy Graham.

Jimmy: Far too often, mental illness is ignored by mainstream media simply because people are unaware of the proper way to acknowledge it. The topic of mental illness is addressed in “Jimmy” both respectfully and tastefully while entertaining and inspiring its audience.

Johnny: When a family is torn apart by the loss of their son in a tragic car accident, a young boy with Leukemia may in fact be their healer. In an ambitious film that refuses to disregard the reality of tragedy and suffering in the human experience, “Johnny” will fail to disappoint its audience.

Letters to God: A young boy battling cancer begins writing letters that reach more than just the name on the envelope. Inspired by a true story, “Letters to God” will demonstrate the intricate way in which God will redeem the most tragic of circumstances.

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story: Raised in extremely difficult circumstances, Benjamin Carson overcame all odds to become one of the most brilliant doctors in the United States.