I’ve been on a roll watching movies this week, trying to study them, learn from them, grow from them. Today I watched A Man Called Peter, a title that I was very familiar with but never had much interest in. It’s about Peter Marshall as a young preacher at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C.  Catherine Marshall is one of my favorite authors, and I should have known that any movie based on one of her books would have to be great.

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On Saturday I’m signed up for a writing seminar about how to integrate our faith in our film stories. I’m so glad I watched this movie before attending the seminar, because I feel that this movie does the best job of any I’ve seen at presenting a well told story with a Christian worldview in an artistic manner. Nothing about this movie is second rate. The writing, the acting, the production. There’s nothing to separate it from any other popular 50’s movie. And yet, it’s about a preacher and it includes multiple sermons. I was excited to read that those sermons were actual excerpts from Dr. Marshall’s sermons. No wonder he was such a popular preacher. His sermons were so inspiring.

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I loved the beautiful love story of Catherine and Peter Marshall. Such a sweet romance! I loved the way the move showed the struggles that Peter faced with the older church members. My favorite scene, though, that caught me totally by surprise was the prayer that Peter prayed as the chaplain of the US Senate. The contrast between then and now really hit me and made me incredibly sad at the current state of affairs.

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About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

3 comments

  1. I vaguely remembered watching it as a child, but bought a copy for the church library a few years ago. I did not realize just how good it was. I loved it! And, I agree on the prayer scene!

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  2. Thank you for your insight. I saw the movie as a teen and loved the message it gave. I have tried to find the book but have never succeeded. I live in Canada and if you could give me guidance to where it is available I would appreciate it. Miriam Bazely. m.bazely@bell.net Thank you

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