UPDATE: Congrats to kmamalorenz, who won the DVD of "The Way Home"! I was really touched by her story of giving gift certificates to others even though money was tight. That's so inspiring! Thanks again to everyone who participated!
"The Way Home" was, admittedly, a difficult DVD to approach. Not because it had sensational scenes that exploited viewers' fears. It didn't. The movie, starring Dean Cain ("Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman") and Lori Beth Edgeman ("Army Wives"), is a touching true story about a husband and wife in a strained marriage who experience every parent's nightmare -- a missing child.
Packing up the car for a family vacation, Christal Simpkins (played by Edgeman) is frustrated because she seems to be doing everything herself while her husband, Randy (Cain), is focused mostly on work. He comes home later than expected from the office, and when he does arrive, he's still distracted by emails.
It's when Christal asks Randy to watch their 2-year-old son Joe for a few minutes -- and he chooses to check email while Joe is playing outside -- that things go wrong. Suddenly, Joe is nowhere to be found.
The description of this faith-based movie from Red Five Entertainment and Lionsgate, and directed by Lance W. Dreesen, focuses mainly on Randy's workaholic mentality, which is partially to blame for his son going missing. But the film's strength is its choice to not dwell on this aspect and instead place most of the attention on how the family draws patience, hope and fortitude from a caring community of people who really step up in a neighbor's time of need.
*** GIVEAWAY ***
I'm giving away 1 copy of "The Way Home."
Just leave a comment below, telling me how you've helped a member of your community in a time of need.
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Good luck, and I'll announce the winner Monday, Nov. 29!