A Greater Yes
by Phil Boatwright

Anne Underwood. Teen drama. Written by Marshal Younger. Directed by Bradley Dorsey.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Amy Newhouse lives a blessed life. At 16 years old, her popularity is unmatched. She has a loving family and a handsome boyfriend. She is pretty with an infectious personality. Her prayers are always answered. Amy wants to see a change. She prays for Pampa High School every night. Amy travels to Africa for missionary work and comes back more determined than ever. No longer will she back down. Everything must come second, including her boyfriend and family, to leading a revival of spirit in the beaten town. In the process, she alienates her loved ones. She no longer devotes time to her friends. She is more likely to confront someone and back him or her into a corner. Her popularity wanes. She is challenged to consider what matters most. Digging in, she decides to carry on with her crusade. But just as she begins to see progress, she receives tragic news. The doctor tells her she has cancer.

Amy gets worse and the faith of the people begins to wane. But Amy never falters. And all eventually learn that God had a “Greater Yes” planned after all.

PREVIEW REVIEW: It has a low budget, a few clunky performances, and not the best of technical aspects (the recording of dialogue for the outdoor sequences seems like it was dubbed in someone’s basement), but soon these inadequacies are dwarfed by the filmmaker’s storytelling abilities and Ms. Underwood’s perceptive performance. Suddenly we are caught up in the drama and begin to care about the three-dimensional characters. How rare to find a drama that avoids cynicism while showing respect for the intelligence of its intended audience – teens. It’s even rarer to find a dramatic production that holds the attention of older viewers as well as that of the intended audience.

But what truly holds us to the story is the treatment of its theme – God’s ways are not our own. What seems logical to us is not always the manifesto for God’s will. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus says to His Father, “Thy will be done.” That should indicate that a “yes” to our most desired requests may not always be our Creator’s answer. That said, we can always be assured that He has a larger good, a greater yes in store.

The film reminds us of the need for faith. And like we’re taught in that perennial Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life, each life affects many others. The things we say and do out of faith can impact others. The film is a good reminder that trusting God in the darkest moments is pleasing to Him and ultimately best for us.

This DVD is worth having in your home library and should be shared with the entire family.

Not rated, it does deal with children suffering from cancer, which may disturb little ones, but the message and lead performance will uplift most others in the family. For more information about the film or to order it, go to www.pureflix.com.