Florida pastor says October Baby ‘great family movie’ that speaks to relationships
March 23 movie more than pro-life flick
Mar 12, 2012
By JONI B. HANNIGAN

OCTOBER BABY is a coming of age story of 19 year old college freshman Hannah who has always felt like an outsider. Something is missing. Told she was adopted and never told because of shocking circumstances surrounding her birth she sets out on a spring break road trip to New Orleans with her best friend Jason, his girlfriend and a host of misfits piled into a decrepit VW minibus. Hannah is determined to return to the city of her birth and find the answers she craves—something her overprotective father has forbidden her to do…[From various online movie sites] Photo by octoberbabymovie.net
OKEECHOBEE (FBW)—“October Baby,” a film set for release March 23, is about so much more than “the whole issue of the sanctity of human life,” a Florida pastor said. 

It’s about forgiveness. It’s about families. It’s about relationships. It’s about parenting, Randy Huckabee, pastor of First Baptist Church in Okeechobee said after hosting a screening for 100 church leaders from across South Central Florida.

“Sometimes parents make huge mistakes and blunders,” Huckabee said. Among other things the movie could fill them in on “learning how to biblically reconcile and seek forgiveness and give forgiveness.”

Calling October Baby, a “great family movie,” Huckabee said he would recommend the PG-13 film for most family members—even elementary school age children.

 “October Baby is the story of 19-year-old Hannah, who finds out she is adopted and is the survivor of an attempted abortion,” said co-director and co-writer Jon Erwin. “So, she goes on a road trip to find answers, locate her birth mother and, ultimately, discover how powerful forgiveness can be.”

Huckabee said he found the movie’s focus on forgiveness potent.

“It did a great job of highlighting the whole issue of forgiveness and how that is such a big issue in every family from one perspective to another,” Huckabee said. 

The portrayal of the young woman’s adoption hit Huckabee close to home.

Remembering well the day he brought his daughter, Abby, home at 10 days old, Huckabee said he is grateful from the time she was old enough to understand, his family has sought to explain how she came to them. This varies from October Baby where Hannah only discovers the circumstances of her birth after suffering a medical emergency.

“Abby knows she was chosen by God. He brought her to us,” Huckabee said. “She was treasured by us.”

Telling a child they have been adopted “is one of the best things” parents can do, Huckabee said.

Starring newcomer Rachel Hendrix as Hannah, October Baby features John Schneider (Smallville, The Dukes of Hazzard) and Jasmine Guy (A Different World), along with Jason Burkey and American Idol finalist Chris Sligh in his feature film debut.

The story, based on hundreds of accounts of abortion survivors, honestly invites audiences to explore their own views of life’s value and the importance of their choices. The movie marks the feature film debut of the Erwin Brothers, multiple Dove Award winners for music videos featuring hit contemporary Christian artists such as Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith and Francesca Battistelli. Jon Erwin and Theresa Preston co-wrote the film.

Mat Staver, president and founder of Orlando-based Liberty Counsel, called October Baby a “must see movie” that will change your life in comments on the movie website Octoberbabymovie.net,  “October Baby is absolutely the best movie about the precious gift of life, the incredible pain of abortion, and the power of forgiveness,” Staver said.

Huckabee said the movie is reminder of a “double miracle” since Hannah, the young woman in the women not only is “sovereignly delivered,” after a botched abortion, but God also placed a nurse in that hospital who would eventually helped.

“Life is precious and every life deserves a chance,” Huckabee said.

Still, though the pro-life theme is obvious, the movie transcends most labels as it keeps relationships and family at the forefront. 

“Parents have to be transparent and consistent with their kids—and admit when they are wrong and reconcile,” Huckabee said. “In the movie you see what happens with a dad and his adopted daughter.

“My prayer is that anybody accepted and loved through adoption will realize that they are blessed to be chosen into a home regardless of what the circumstances are,” Huckabee said. “Because no adoption is by accident. God has His hand in every one of these.”

The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, a ministry supported by First Baptist Church in Okeechobee and others, purchased 1,000 tickets they hope to sell for the initial showing of October Baby in their hometown theater, Huckabee said. “We want to flood the theater.”

“We are going to promote October Baby at First Baptist,” Huckabee said. “I plan to go see it [again] opening weekend. If it’s important enough for our people to see it the leadership needs to see it as well.”

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