Many times when a marriage struggles, we see each other as the enemy. This is a false premise. When we continue to view each other that way, the marriage dies, and that is a tragedy. Best friends turning into enemies is heartbreaking.
War Room begins with an analogy of war-- how a war room is used to strategize to defeat the enemy before any action is taken. It then transitions into the story of a successful, beautiful woman (Elizabeth) who is struggling with her marriage. Her husband Tony is a Class A Jerk-with-a-capital-J. How on earth can she continue living with a man who is so rotten?
With an older, spunky, Jesus loving (and super fun!) woman mentoring her, Elizabeth realizes who the real enemy is (hint: NOT her husband) and realizes that she should let God do the fighting (and strategizing) for her. This movie focuses on prayer, pure love, self-control and the wonderful side effects on others, as we put ourselves in a good place without trying to control our spouse. It echos many of the lessons in the secular Wife for Life book that I adore, and even though this movie is about marriage, the whole family will enjoy and learn from it.
*Note: as always, please check the content of this and other movies at www.commonsensemedia.org or kids-in-mind.com before you watch it to make sure you feel it is appropriate for your family.
Family Discussion Guide
-What do you think of the concept of a prayer closet?
-Why and how did Tony change?
-How did he find the courage to do the hard thing?
-Do you think Miss Clara felt awkward when she first started sharing her thoughts with Elizabeth? How did her boldness help Elizabeth?
-How can you get closer to God and recognize the things he wants you to do--even if it feels awkward at first?
Community Question: How does your spouse know you love him/her?
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