On June 2nd, I was blessed with my first child, Adair Faye Hoffman. It has been a crazy, sleepless journey ever since! I haven’t been able to find much time to read these days and when I do have time, I have the mom brain going on and can’t focus very well. Enter Netflix, the wonderful and cheap way to watch movies and documentaries! I’ve spent many a night nursing and watching random Netflix movies and documentaries. I’ve waded through some good ones and bad ones and wanted to share some unexpected finds with you this month. Despite the huge popularity of the book Blue Like Jazz in Christian circles, somehow I’d never actually gotten around to reading it. Without giving too much away, the movie tells the story of a young guy who was raised in church, is Mr. Youth Group and who decides to go to a Christian university. After a series of events, he becomes totally disenfranchised with Christianity and rejects his faith while attending a very “secular” university. When I started watching, I wondered if the theme of “the church has wronged everyone” that is pretty common in post-modern Christianity would become annoying in this movie, but I thought it was a decent critique of lack of sincerity among Christians. It also showed valid reasons why people do hate the church and one way to approach these past hurts in others as a believer. I did enjoy watching the main character’s interaction with other characters and the sincerity of the female character’s faith. The bottom line? It’s worth watching. Somewhere Between is a documentary that follows four young women who were adopted from China by American families as babies. The girls are now teenagers and the movie sheds light on what it’s like for them to know that they were abandoned and even left to die in China. This documentary is so worth watching! It was so fascinating to hear the girls talk about being stuck in two worlds, China and America. It’s a tear jerker, though, especially if you know any precious girls who have been adopted from China like I do. In Stephen Fry in America, notable British T.V. personality Stephen Fry takes a road trip around the United States, beginning in New England. I am a total travel and road trip junky, in fact the one thing I really did like about the East Coast was our ability to take weekend trips to different states and try good food, meet new people and see the scenery. This documentary was enjoyable and fun to watch. Watching it is like taking a road trip without all of the long hours in the car. A word of caution – the Vegas episode is predictably about prostitution (which is a major industry in Nevada) and you may want to fast forward. I loved the portrayal of American Thanksgiving in the Georgia episode – it made me miss autumn weather! Monica and David is one of the sweetest documentaries I’ve ever watched. It tells the love story of Monica and David, two young adults with Down Syndrome who fall in love and get married. Even sweeter, I thought, was the portrayal of the love Monica’s mother and step-father have towards their daughter and the self-sacrifice they’ve endured to make her dreams come true. As someone who is blessed to have a sister-in-law who has Down Syndrome, I really enjoyed the humanizing and loving portrayal of Monica and David. Well done! A Mother’s Courage tells the story of an Icelandic mother of an autistic son who spends years trying to get him the best help she can find but who, ultimately, cannot communicate with him. I won’t give too much away but it’s also a tear jerker! This documentary helped me understand what it’s like to live with a child with severe autism and the challenges faced by parents of Autistic children. Well worth a watch!
I had no idea that I could find such interesting documentaries on Netflix until I had my baby! Here’s to hoping you enjoy a few of these recommendations as well!!
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