A Celebrate Recovery Review of Home Run

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Celebrate Recovery is soon to be the subject of a feature film, Home Run, with a nationwide theatrical release date of April 19, 2013. Baseball all-star Cory Brand knows what it takes to win in the big leagues. But off the field, with memories of his past haunting him, his life is spiraling out of control. Hoping to save her client’s career (and reputation) after a DUI and a team suspension, Cory’s agent sends him back to the small town in Oklahoma where he grew up.

Forced to coach the local youth baseball team and spend eight weeks in the only recovery program in town, Cory can’t wait to return to his old life as quickly as possible. As his young players help him experience the joy of the game, Cory discovers his need to find freedom from his past and hope for his future … and win back the love he left behind. With this unexpected second chance, Cory finds himself on a powerful journey of transformation and redemption. Based on thousands of true stories, Home Run is a powerful reminder that with God, it’s never too late … freedom is possible.

Home Run is an honest, heart-felt look inside addictions and the wreckage left behind in their wake. The characters are real people with real problems walking the road to recovery so many of us have, or are still treading. The process is painful to watch, even more so for those of us who have first-hand knowledge of the struggles in overcoming hurts, hang-ups and habits, however we know that with the power of God and a group of like-minded individuals, we can overcome and prevail.

This film gives us the hope of recovery and the joy of living one day at a time unencumbered by the self-imposed shackles of dysfunctional behavior. Recovery is not just about substance abuse, it covers a multitude of destructive behaviors like co-dependence, eating disorders, gambling, sexual and pornography addictions, as well as things done to us by others that have left deep scars on our emotions and relationships. This film will make you laugh, cry and stand up and cheer, and then go find a recovery group and begin healing! Remember the words of Cory Brand in Home Run, “Nothing great happens when you hold back”.

Written by David & Jaye Lene Long – Ministry Leaders of Celebrate Recovery at the Heights Church

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