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Movie Review: Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey

Posted by Julie on February 19, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Julie’s Note:
Logo and movie description from Women of Faith.

Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey
A Special Cinema Event

By Experience and Women of Faith are partnering together to bring to audiences an international cinematic event that presents the 20 year story of Women of Faith. Beginning in California in 1996 with four speakers committed to authenticity, Women of Faith grew to become the largest Christian Women’s Movement in history, touching over five million lives with personal stories full of laughter and tears.

Witness the journey of Women of Faith through the years, on stage and off, their travels with World Vision, their impact on their audience, in short the way they’ve changed the world. Partly historical, and frequently hysterical, this unique cinematic experience will be packed with some of the most popular pieces from the beloved speaking team as well as music and performances from the CCM artists that appeared on the tour. Featuring never before seen interviews, outtakes, and behind the scenes footage, this “movie” will bring back memories for all those who have attended a Women of Faith weekend as well as create new memories for those experiencing it for the first time.

This special cinematic event will be broadcast live to local movie theaters across the United States and Canada.

An Amazing Joyful Journey will be in over 1000+ theatres all over the world. If you’re not in the Dallas area, visit http://www.wofincinemas.com/ to find a theatre near you.

I wasn’t sure what the Women of Faith movie would be like. I’ve been to an event before, so I thought perhaps they would show footage and have a “best of” collection.

Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey is so much more than that. It’s a celebration, a look back, a tribute, and a hand clap to God with what He did with a small group of women, a dedicated crew, a visionary, an anointed leader, and over 5,000,000 audience members in 20 years.

Stephen Arterburn saw the need and started Women of Faith. What began as a weekend event transformed into a movement. I can attest to the lives changed through laughter, tears, and inspiring messages and music.

Each speaker is profiled and I loved hearing their story, how they came aboard, what message they brought to the platform, and their plans for the future. Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Patsy Clairmont, Beverly Johnson, Sheila Walsh and Nicole Johnson have in depth stories where the audience I was with laughed out loud. It was fun re visiting those speakers and their best moments.

They also looked at guest speakers/artists, everyone from Amy Grant to Max Lucado. I think the story that moved me the most was Sandi Patty. It was obvious her participation with Women of Faith was a game changer for the team, her, and her family. If you aren’t aware of her testimony, it’s an amazing redemption story. I highly recommend her book, BROKEN IN THE BACK ROW.

Mary Graham, former President of Women of Faith, is easily credited for making the movement the success it was. She shared so much behind the scenes, including her crush on another guest, actor Jim Caviezel, and her family history that prompted her to retire. That was emotional, so much so that one of the team members they interviewed was a wet mess from sobbing. Why they didn’t allow that poor woman to have a tissue, that was kind of distracting. She was soaked, but it proved what a force Mary was to everyone involved in the ministry.

There is so much more to say but I know the movie is playing again and I’d love for you to see it yourself. I believe you will be as inspired and encouraged as I was.

To see where Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey is playing, click here.

I received tickets for this movie and am writing an honest review based on my experience.

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My Women of Faith Experience

Posted by Julie on February 9, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

I’ve had the pleasure of being chosen to review the February 18th screening of Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey, and I can’t wait. I went to a conference with friends from Mothers of Preschoolers, MOPS, and I invited some MOPS moms who could use some laughs to come with  me. I can’t wait to go, and of course, to share my thoughts here with you.

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Check out the Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey Movie Event

Before I do, I thought I’d talk about that experience. It was probably eight years ago, but I can recall it like it was yesterday morning. Beth Moore was announced as the pre conference speaker and I was determined to go. Her study, BELIEVING GOD, had transformed my life. The conference was in Cleveland, about an hour away, and MOPS moms thought the entire event would be a great experience as a local chapter.

Seeing Beth Moore in person was breathtaking. I do not worship her, don’t get me wrong, but I watched her worship. I was in the fifth row and I could see clearly.

Should I have been paying attention to my own worship?

Yep.

But I learned something by watching Beth Moore.

She was in a cute little business outfit and we were inside the Q, where the Cavs play. The floor was cement. And that little lady went face down in front of 5,000 women and gave her complete focus to Jesus as her worship leader, Travis, played. I was in awe and it struck me how hungry she was. And that I want to be all in for Him.

I have far to go, but I keep in mind I’m not Beth Moore and because the Lord looks at the heart, He sees beyond my worries that my pants would split or my knee would dislocate. We’ve had great conversations where I ask about why certain things happen with others and not with me and I loved his intimate answer. But I’ll always remember that worship. It was amazing.

The main conference made me laugh and I felt especially blessed as I realized it was the best of both worlds. The original group was starting to retire, but I believe it was Marilyn Meberg and Lucy Swindoll had me in stiches. I remember being mesmerized that when I closed my eyes, Lucy sounds exactly like her brother, Chuck.  From the younger crowd I could relate to Sheila Walsh. She was so transparent and uplifting. Her accent was beautiful.

I went home feeling energized, uplifted and refreshed. It was during a season where I was still trying to process the upheaveal my life took a couple years before through grief and change. The Beth Moore pre conference and the Women of Faith event were a prescription for mental and emotional healing. I am grateful for events like these that can touch and change women like me.

Have you ever been to a Women of Faith conference? I’d love for you to tell me about it.

 



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