A show called “Tiger King” is dominating the conversation during the great coronavirus lockdown of 2020. To say it’s void of anything resembling a redeeming value is putting it mildly. When the supposed “good guy” in the docu-series is accused by family members of feeding her husband to the (large) cats, you know it’s a mess.
Thankfully, there are better alternatives hitting the major streaming services — including Jeremy Camp’s “I Still Believe” which stars Gary Sinise and Shania Twain. The movie details the journey of Camp’s first marriage to Melissa Lynn Henning, who was diagnosed with cancer shortly after they began dating.
You can watch it on Amazon Prime Video, which my family did yesterday afternoon.
The price tag may seem steep at first glance, but considering this movie would normally still be in theaters, it’s set to factor in groups of people watching the film together.
That’s exactly what my family of 6 did, so in our case, it saved us a few dollars to watch it this way. Plus, we didn’t have to pay any extra for snacks, which was a bonus. We saved and we were still able to support the movie — a win-win!
And what a beautiful movie it was. If you’re not familiar with Jeremy Camp’s story, it’s a powerful one. It details how he met the love of his life in college — a sweet sequence that made for some quality entertainment in our own living room, watching my 9 and 10-year-old boys react to the courtship with a combination of intrigue and embarrassment.
Shortly after they began dating, Melissa was diagnosed with cancer. Camp, then just 20 years old, decided to ask Melissa to marry him. A remarkable show of love, knowing the likely outcome, to go forward despite knowing the likely outcome.
The movie touches on tough faith topics such as loss, pain, suffering, grief — and shows what strong faith looks like in the midst of it all. Strong doesn’t mean there will be no emotion, no sadness, no fear, no pain. It simply means clinging to God throughout it all.
We had wonderful, deep conversations with our 4 kids after watching this, and I’m sure you will, too. Melissa’s faith while dealing with all the health setbacks is, without a shadow of a doubt, an inspiration.
She said if one person was impacted by her journey, then it was all worth it — by now, millions have experienced and seen what true faith looks like.
A great movie for the entire family — check it out now on Amazon Prime Video!