About the Movie:
Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Ernest has become something of a hermit, but reluctantly comes out of seclusion to help repair the church. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church's beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life.
The Woodcarver DVD fell into my life at the same time our Bible curriculum is dealing with a similar story (there is no such thing as coincidence.) The Woodcarver is a great, uplifting, family friendly movie, although I believe it would be more appreciated by the pre-teen and up age group. I love the example Mr. Otto sets, not just for Matthew, but those adults around him too. He has a great work ethic and shows it by not accepting a buy out and taking money for work he has not done, and also by putting all of his efforts into getting his promised job finished on time despite some hardships he faces. He teaches Matthew to always ask the question WWJD, something we all should keep in mind in making decisions in our life. He attributes his success in his marriage to the Lord being the head of his family. The Woodcarver reminds us all where the entire focus of our lives should be.
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