…a Frozen Heart
The PRECIOUS snowman in Frozen says, “Hi, my name is Olaf and I like warm hugs.”
Well… Hi, my name is Sophie and I’m borderline-obsessed with this movie (and soundtrack).
I love this movie. So much so that (as of tomorrow) I’ll have seen it six times.
…and I cry every. single. time.
Yeah. I’ve never seen a movie that many times in the theater. Ever. But it’s that good. Here you go, Disney, take all my money. Just let me watch this movie again. And again. And again. Six times. Until the DVD comes out and I can watch it over and over again in the comfort of my own home.
What amazed me most about Frozen is the stunning way solid theology and the Gospel message are displayed. I could write an entire book about the hidden (and not so hidden) gems of redemption found within the icy scenes of the movie, but there are millions of people blogging about Frozen. So I’ll leave them to it.
Below are some of my favorite blogs regarding this movie, which has become so dear to my heart (and the hearts of my sweet True Beauty girls… yeah, it’s practically a bi-weekly event that we go see the movie, ahh, it’s just that good!).
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Christian families can use [Frozen] to talk to their kids ultimately [about] honest, sacrificial love. We all understand that. The love of Christ is sacrificing His life because He loved us so much. God so loved the world through Christ. That’s sacrificial love. Those are elements that, while not so blatantly, “here’s a Christian message”, but they’re there. For Christian families in particular, they can just peel back the layers a little bit and then be willing to, as parents, talk to their kids and just have conversations about that.
WHY I CRIED IN FROZEN by Matt Hodges
When struck in the heart with her sister’s freezing magic, Anna is told that only an act of true love can remove the curse. Of course, every character and viewer is led to believe that this means Anna needs to rush back to the embrace of her ‘true love’ and have a true love’s kiss.
But, Frozen is better than that.
Frozen tells a better story than that. The best kind of story. In fact, the best story. Period.
The Cold that Bothers Us by Greg Forster, The Gospel Coalition
The most obvious lesson of Frozen—the one made explicit in the movie—teaches viewers that love is not about how you feel. It’s about putting other people’s needs ahead of your own. … It shows us why people are investing too much importance in romantic love relative to other kinds of love, like sisterhood. The responsible grown-ups who tell you not to burn down everything else in your life for the sake of “true love” are not your enemies; they’re your friends. They’re the people who really love you.
Are We Missing the Point of Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’? by Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition
Thousands of little girls across the country are singing this song – a manifesto of sorts, a call to cast off restraint, rebel against unrealistic expectations and instead be true to whatever you feel most deeply inside. What’s ironic is that the movie’s storyline goes against the message of this song. When the princess decides to “let it go,” she brings terrible evil into the world. The fallout from her actions is devastating. “No right, no wrong, no rules for me” is the sin that isolates the princess and freezes her kingdom. … If there is a moral to Frozen, it’s that “letting it go” is self-centered and damaging. What’s needed is for our distinctive gifts to be stewarded and shaped by redemptive love.