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January tends to be a month with an incredible feeling of let down after the holidays have past. Add in the long dark days of winter and a bit of cabin fever and I’m always eager for something to boost my spirits.
A Mile in His Shoes does a fantastic job at that!
This is the story of a young man, Mickey, with Asperger’s syndrome that is discovered by a minor league baseball coach, Murph, through a ‘chance’ meeting when Murph’s car has problems. Mickey has an incredible pitcher’s arm and through some persuasion, Murph is able to secure him for the baseball team. Not everyone on the team is welcoming of Mickey, but in the end he has a positive effect upon many of his teammates as well as for the team’s success.
The older boys were not too sure how they’d like this film. None of the boys are really into team sports and sometimes wonder (aloud) why so many motivational movies pick a sport to run as a driving thread.
However, they became hooked and truly enjoyed the film. Even my “reluctant to watch anything I deem good” 8 year old ended up snuggling up with a blanket to watch with us. Witnessing how someone could act out in jealousy and hurt another prompted a bit of discussion as well. For me, I appreciated how the story also showed how God can place people and situations in our life that help us to grow in ways we might not have imagined possible.
Check out this short trailer and see if this film might be a good fit for your family.
Want to WIN your own copy of the film? Visit my A Mile in His Shoes DVD giveaway post before 1/25 to enter.