Ok. I’ll be honest. The first time I saw LIKE DANDELION DUST, I thought, “I don’t get how this is a church engagement movie.”
And, the answer to that question didn’t instantaneously reveal itself to me.
But, the story has stuck with me for several months. And I think this “sticking” is one of the reasons that this is great film for church engagement. Typically “church” movies have overt messages – they almost hit you over the head they are so obvious. However, sometimes the subtle stories are just as, if not more, powerful because they stick with you. They leave questions unanswered and so you think about them and try to figure them out. Jesus’ parables are often like this. We read them and we think “Huh? What could that mean?” Because they don’t fit into a box, we can’t easily disregard the underlying messages. (You can read more about this in my blog about The Impact of Subtle)
LIKE DANDELION DUST is a powerful film for engagement because everyone will have some type of reaction to the film and that means conversations can be started on a relational level. The themes of unconditional love and unmerited favor and of deep emotions and loss are natural connections to the story of Jesus.
Something you probably didn’t know:
You can check out Group Discussion Questions for the film here. This PDF contains plot spoilers, but it should give you an idea of the themes and concepts and how they segue into spiritual conversations.
We always provide Discussion Questions with Movie Licenses, but with LIKE DANDELION DUST, we have another resource that I think you’ll really like: Following one of the LIKE DANDELION DUST screenings, an evangelist shared the Gospel and 30 decisions for Christ were made that night. I was very moved and touched by the gospel message, so we’ve edited the transcript and are including it on the LIKE DANDELION DUST Movie Event DVD.
Here’s my favorite highlight from the transcript: “LIKE DANDELION DUST is a modern day telling of… 1 Kings 3:16-28.” And that story is a beautiful foreshadowing of the fact “that God would give us His one and only son in order to have a relationship with us, people who don’t deserve it.”
Here’s one more thing you should know: the LIKE DANDELION DUST Movie License comes with three intro letters. One is from us, one is from the producers and another is from Karen Kingsbury (the author of the book the movie is based on). At first I didn’t want to include three letters – I thought it would be overkill, but then I realized that each letter shows a slightly different view of the film, which is something else you get from a movie that is subtle: many different experiences and applications, which means it connects with a diverse group of people.
I hope you’ll check out the LIKE DANDELION DUST trailer and consider using this film as an outreach event for your church.