I was invited to an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles courtesy of Sony to attend the #TheStarMovie Press Junket and screening in exchange for my coverage. No other compensation was provided. All views shared are completely my own.

 

As a mom nothing warms my heart more than exposing Chance to things that will enhance his life.  It’s important to me that we share our faith with him.  When I was pregnant I prayed three very specific prayers concerning him:  1) God, I pray that he is healthy. 2) God, give him a heart after You. 3) God, give him the wisdom of Solomon.  I honestly believe with all of my heart that God honored all three prayers.  Chance (given that name because God gave him a chance at life) was born healthy in spite of the many complications I experienced during pregnancy including being told that I had miscarried.  He loves God and will pray for any and everything.  He is so smart, he began reading at just 14 months.  He’s a gem of a kid…. not just because he’s my kid. 

Being invited to press junket of The Star movie, was an overwhelming experience.  The most compelling aspect being the faith-based component.  I arrived at one of my favorite hotels, The London West Hollywood and things we uphill from there.  The screening was held on site, with popcorn and Christmas cookies shaped like a star.

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In AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day Bo finds the courage to break free and ends up befriending newlyweds Joseph and Mary. Mary’s kindness soon sets Bo on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock, and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

 

The Star is directed by Academy Award®-nominated writer/director Timothy Reckart; executive-produced by DeVon Franklin, Brian Henson and Lisa Henson; and produced by Jennifer Magee-Cook.      The voice cast is led by Steven Yeun (Bo the donkey), Gina Rodriguez (Mary), Zachary Levi (Joseph), Keegan-Michael Key (Dave the dove), Kelly Clarkson (Leah the horse), Anthony Anderson (Zach the goat), Aidy Bryant (Ruth the sheep), Ving Rhames (Thaddeus the dog), Gabriel Iglesias (Rufus the dog), Patricia Heaton (Edith the cow), Kristin Chenoweth (Abby the Mouse), Christopher Plummer (King Herod), and Tracy Morgan (Felix) and Tyler Perry (Cyrus) and Oprah Winfrey (Deborah) as the three camels. It makes its way into the hearts of men in theatres everywhere on November 17th.

 

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I did not realize how much I needed to see The Star until I did.  You see, I have been struggling for a while with my faith.  Not because I don’t believe but I was struggling with trusting God to take care of my needs.  I’m not big on spoilers, so there will be none in this post.  However, I will share how I was impacted by The Star.

 

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Photo Credit: Sony/CTMG

The Birth of Christ is Powerful

Even with animation, improvisation, and lots of humor the story of the birth of Christ was still very powerful – and from an animal’s perspective.  Watching the movie renewed my faith. I felt liberated in Christ just seeing the story of His birth.  I was moved and filled with excitement at the thought of my son Chance watching it.

 

Following Your Heart Can Lead to You to Your Wildest Dreams

I have been so guilty of doing what was comfortable oppose to what I believe I was created to do.   At times, I’ve neglected to follow my heart…. not knowing that one day my heart would lead me to my dreams.  God will give you the desires of your heart, if you trust Him and follow your heart. 

 

Anyone can Change, no Matter How Much Bad They’ve Done

Your past does not have to dictate your future.  You can turn things around, but you must be willing.  For years I thought I would never escape my past, even after salvation.  But, what I realized is my past will always be my past but what matter’s the most is how I’ve positively responded to my past.  What am I changing? How am I changing?

 

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I love Jesus! I really do, and I believe my relationship with Him is all that matters.  I’ve always tried to teach Chance by example how to develop a relationship with Christ.  It’s not always easy and it gets messy sometimes.  We are saved by grace, we aren’t perfect.  That’s why it’s important that we have movies like The Star

The Star is a perfect combination of humor and inspiration wrapped up in the life-changing story of the birth of Christ. I can’t wait to take Chance to see it.”

I could truly go on and on about The Star, but I am afraid that I will unconsciously include a few spoilers, and I honestly don’t want to do that.  I want you to enjoy this amazingly funny, inspiring and life-changing film with your family on November 17th.

Are you looking for a great family friendly movie that includes faith?  Whether you are or not a person of faith, this movie is full of lessons that we teach our children daily.  How have you taught your children about faith?

 

© LaToyia Dennis ~ Motivated Mom

 

Having The Faith To Follow Your Heart: Lessons From #TheStarMovie

LaToyia Dennis

LaToyia Dennis helps moms create strategies for success to live a healthy life of purpose, in abundance, and financially free by offering motivational, inspirational, and educational content that allows them to fund their dreams and be great women and extraordinary moms without compromising their family life.

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  • This looks like a wonderful movie. I’ve seen the advertisements on TV and it looks like it would be really good, as your review confirms. When my Mom was alive (she passed in 2015 at age 87) we used to go see movies like this. Pixar movies were the favorite and Mom loved Shrek. I wish I could see this with her but I know she is with me in spirit.

  • WHAT A CUTE LOOKING MOVIE! I always LOVEEEEE the moral of the stories for animated flicks! I’ve got to go watch the trailer for this movie right now!!

  • I’m a little astonished by some of the actors playing in this story focused on Jesus. I am looking forward to seeing it. I hope it is something my kiddo will enjoy.

  • I am actually planning to take my daughter on a mommy-daughter date next week to see this movie. I am interested to see how it correlates to the actual Bible story. I think that my daughter will like it. I have heard good things about it.

  • This movie looks fabulous. I love a good, solid and positive story that I can watchwi th the whole family. I bet our girls are going to really love this one.

  • My kids saw this preview a few months ago and they have been talking about it ever since. We are excited to go to the theater to watch it as a family. THe characters look so cute and fun.

  • This looks like a really cute movie. I’m not religious, but I do like the Nativity story, especially when it’s told through the eyes of cute animals. There’s a lot of huge talent playing in The Star, so I’ll definitely check it out.

  • I am so glad that attending this screening and seeing the movie helped you spiritually. I have not heard of it before now so thanks for the information. Also, it is nice you did not give any spoilers! Everyone should experience movies in their own way.

  • I can’t wait to see this movie. It has a great cast and sounds like such a special holiday experience.

  • I haven’t heard of this yet! So much has happened this year and I understand struggling with your faith. I can’t wait to go see it now. Thank you for the introduction.

  • Oh this sounds great! I saw a photo online somewhere but had not known it was a movie. This sounds like a great movie for the whole family!

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