Pastor David Newman is a loving husband and father, set to take over his dad’s church while neglecting the promises he’s made to his 12-year-old son, Eric. Kate Hernandez is a spiritually driven single parent and owner of a local restaurant. Her daughter Maria is a free-spirited teenager aspiring to be the first in her family to go to college. John Danielson is the owner of a failing construction company who sees his daughter Michelle’s fledgling singing career as a way out of financial trouble. The lives of these strangers collide when two twists of fate strike back to back.
All three families find themselves at a crossroads, questioning their faith and the higher power that guides their lives. As each family member deals with their issues, their worlds start to intertwine. This leads to a chain of events which unknowingly brings the three families closer and closer together.
In “A Question of Faith,” Pastor David Newman, restaurant owner Kate Hernandez, and construction contractor John Danielson are each unsuspecting of the circumstances they have in common. We see family man and busy pastor Newman juggle his life, sometimes at the expense of his family. We dread the foreshadowing clues when we are introduced to the texting and driving teen, Maria, daughter of Kate Hernandez. We feel for John, the gruff contractor, about to suffer bankruptcy. Subsequently, when the Newmans lose their young son Eric to a tragic car accident caused by Maria’s texting and driving, and John finds he may also lose his talented daughter to a terminal condition, each is thrown into a whirlpool that only God can control. Stripped bare of their own power, each has to confront his or her own faith.
This is a story of choices; the choice to forgive or seek vengeance, the choice to stay angry or act positively, the choice to run away from God in the face of tragedy or to run toward Him. Pastor Newman, filled with resentment and questioning his faith, is contrasted by his wife and parents, who passionately encourage him to forgive, employ Christian love and begin healing. Eventually we see the mural God paints as John Danielson’s daughter receives Eric’s heart and is given a new lease on life to sing for the Lord. We are moved as Pastor Newman arranges for Maria’s release from prison then leads her to Christ. The film does a fine job addressing the social issues of promoting organ donation and ending texting when driving, while the actors skillfully sustain the dramatic weight of the story. Families will benefit from this compassionate film proclaiming victory by faith in God’s providence. We are proud to award this our Dove Approval for All Ages.
Violence: Implied car crash; death of a child
Other: Themes of loss and death
Reviewer: Stephanie Wilson
Company: Icon Media Group
Writer: Ty Manns
Director: Kevan Otto
Producer: Lisa Washington, Angela White
Runtime: 103 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Richard T. Jones, Kim Fields, C. Thomas Howell, Renee O’Connor, Greg Alan Williams