Sep 5, 2013

250 Great Movies for Latter-Day Families

Book Details
Release Date: September 2013
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Genre: Self-Help

Elder Russell M. Nelson states: 
"One can still find movies and TV comedies and dramas that entertain and uplift and accurately depict the consequences of right and wrong...Thus our biggest challenge is to choose wisely what we listen to and what we watch...We need to take time to watch appropriate media with our children and discuss with them how to make choices that will uplift and build rather than degrade and destroy."  (Let Our Voices Be Heard, Ensign, November 2003)

And For the Strength of Youth pamphlet also says:
Do not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Do not participate in anything that presents immorality or violence as acceptable."

So what makes for GOOD MEDIA?

Artistic Merit
Wholesome Content
Gospel Parallels

How do you find good entertainment?
This book is a WONDERFUL tool to help with that!

Filled with 250 GOOD, CLEAN, FUN movie will find plenty to watch by yourself or with your family.

Each movie title includes:
Movie Description (including rating and date); Content Overview; and Messages to Discuss (including scriptural references that relate).

Here is a very, very small and highly abbreviated sampling of that the book offers:

17 Miracles (PG, 2011)
Description: Moving account of the Willie-Martin handcart companies
Content Overview: There is plenty of suffering. It is intense, but historically accurate.
Messages to Discuss: The tender mercies of the Lord (1 Nephi 1:20)

The Avengers (PG-13, 2012)
Description: Witty Screenplay, charismatic performances, and wall-to-wall action.
Content Overview: Plentiful action violence and destruction, mild language, and mild drug reference.
Messages to Discuss: Strength comes from overcoming selfishness and pride to achieve unity (D&C 38:27)

Cars (G, 2006)
Description: A warm and worthwhile tale of an arrogant hotshot race-car who learns humility.
Content Overview: No foul language or sexuality.
Messages to Discuss: We are to love our neighbors as ourselves (Galatians 5:14)

I am HIGHLY impressed with this book and believe that EVERY FAMILY should own a copy of this book and use it frequently to not only find good entertainment, but to find the good in the entertainment! 

About the Author:
Jonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist, columnist for Meridian Magazine, and co-host of The KJZZ Movie Show on KJZZ-TV in Utah.

He also writes Hollywood film reviews from a Latter-day Saint perspective at

Jonathan was born and raised in Arizona and served a full-time mission to Chile. 

While earning a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University he wrote and performed with the popular humor group Divine Comedy. 

Jonathan earned a master's degree in marriage and family from Auburn University. 

He lives with his wife and children in St. George, UT.

(A review copy was provided for this review. However, all reviews are of my own opinion :)


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