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Courageous: Impacting Lives Everywhere

Updated on December 8, 2013

As Americans observe National Police Week, the movie "Courageous" is making an impact around the world, particularly among law enforcement officers.

Americans observe Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, during National Police Week.

Ken Bevel as Nathan Hayes in "Courageous."
Ken Bevel as Nathan Hayes in "Courageous." | Source

Heroes, Courage, and Faith

As Americans observe Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week, Courageous is making an impact around the world, particularly among law enforcement officers.

The movie enjoyed a "top four" theatrical premiere in September 2011; four months later, it was a top-selling DVD release. The movie continues to impact lives everywhere.

Courageous is one of many popular faith based films released in recent years. The story follows four men with one calling: to serve and protect.

As police officers, these strong and confident men are focused on the important work of keeping the peace. Protecting the streets of their small Georgia town is second nature to them.

But they face a singular challenge that none of them are really prepared for: fatherhood. When tragedy hits home for one family, the men grapple with their personal fears, hopes, and faith.

Courageous examines the decisions of everyday heroes who face their spiritual needs and resolve to be godly fathers and husbands.

The movie is the fourth offering from Sherwood Pictures, a movie-making ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. The Christian film company also produced Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel.


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Changing Lives Everywhere

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. This day is observed annually during National Police Week.

Thousands of law enforcement personnel visit Washington, DC, each year to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Attendees come from national, state, and local agencies and bureaus around the world.

Some law enforcement groups made Courageous part of their National Police Week activities in 2012. Since its release, the movie has changed the lives of police officers everywhere. Here are some extraordinary examples:

  • The Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police chief offered to personally cover the cost for any of his 630 police officers who wanted to see Courageous.
  • Downtown San Angelo, Texas, had a free movie viewing in honor of National Police Week.
  • First Baptist Church of Orlando, Florida, bought 2,000 copies of the DVD to give to each law enforcement officer.
  • 700 police officers in Panama drove four hours to watch the film.
  • 300 police officers in Ecuador publicly proclaimed "The Resolution" like the men in the film.
  • 4,000 people in the Philippines attended a Courageous screening and 1,000 policemen dedicated their lives to Jesus.

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Courageous continues to impact lives at home and around the world.
Courageous continues to impact lives at home and around the world. | Source


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    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Just a reminder to my fellow Americans ... today is Peace Officers Memorial Day.

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hello, Wendy. Thank you for stopping by! It's a pleasure to meet you, and I appreciate your comments. The Sherwood movies are great, and their film ministry is truly a blessing. By the way, Casting Crowns is one of my favorite groups, too!

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      6 years ago from Florida

      These are some of my all time favorite movies. Sherwood is just getting better and better. AND...i was so excited that Casting Crowns did the song because they are one of my favorite groups. We watched this movie as a family. Fireproof is also amazing with its commitment to marriage. My kids thought it was hysterical when Kirk Cameron threw the computer out. Great review. Following to read more!!!

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hello, Film Fanatic 603. It's a pleasure to meet you on HubPages! I'm a film fanatic too; I enjoy watching movies and writing about them. Thank you for reading my hub and leaving a comment. Your encouragement is appreciated, and I look forward to reading your work too!

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      Film Fanatic 603 

      6 years ago

      This was a great review of an inspirational movie. The production company has managed to make good faith based films without forcing the issue. Liked and will continue to follow your hubs.

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day. Rent or borrow the film "Courageous" and make it part of your family's observance of National Police Week.


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