As a lifelong student of film, I love the idea of telling a story visually. I believe the more you can tell a story through the visuals the better the movie will be. (And I hate voice-overs telling me – what I already know – the action I am looking at on the screen…) So I was excited about seeing “The Good Book,” a feature film done completely silent except for the music soundtrack. Of course, this isn’t the easiest thing to do, but “The Good Book” handles the challenge quite well.
The story itself is also very ambitious; in fact, it is not one story, but several stories revolving around more than a dozen characters. “The Good Book” follows a copy of the New Testament on a journey that begins with a young boy named Daniel (Evan Fielding), who runs away from home after committing a horrible accident. He finds sanctuary in a homeless camp and is befriended by Esau (Torry Martin). From there, the book is handed off to a public defender (BK Bomar) and his wife Marion (Apolonia Davalos in a moving and strong performance). “The Good Book” goes from person to person, including Sarah the homeless lady (Amanda Penticost giving a standout performance herself), Jenn Gotzon as a woman scorned, and Leah (Rebecca Lines) dealing with addictions. When “The Good Book” makes its way overseas and into the hands of a persecuted missionary (Josh Childs), the impact of this book truly hits home. It is enjoyable to see how a book and its message can have a ripple effect, as it touches lives wherever it goes.

“The Good Book” is one of the most ambitious movies I’ve recently seen, and my hats off to the filmmakers for pulling it off as well as they did. “The Good Book” is written and directed by Sharon Wilharm, and it is produced by her husband, Fred Wilharm. With this many stories and with so many many actors, especially for an independent film, some of the acting will be stronger than others, and this is the case. A couple of the characters seemed a bit over-the-top, and a couple of the transitions are strained. Rick Holets is the composer of the music for this film, which underlies the action quite well. All in all, “The Good Book” is a solid production. You will not be disappointed, and again, a very ambitious undertaking, and one that is very well done.
“The Good Book” will be making its LA premiere at The Pan Pacific Film Festival at the end of July, and you can see this movie on the big screen this Thursday July 17 at The Bedias, Texas, Christian Film Festival. Showing with “The Good Book” will also be the short films “Ragman” (This film with very little dialogue itself.) and “Paid For.” If you cannot attend one of these festivals, you can find out more about “The Good Book” and where it will be playing (or how to get your own copy) at The Good Book website. A copy of “Ragman” can be found at Finally, I will be having a drawing for one free DVD copy of “The Good Book.” I will randomly select one winner from all of the subscribers at the new newsletter. Sign up here for your chance to win. The drawing will be July 27 and announced on that week’s newsletter.


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