The Woodcarver, subtitled WWJD2, is not really a sequel to WWJD (John Schneider), but a continuation of the theme. When their lives get too busy for each other and God, Jack (Woody Jeffreys) and Rita ( Nicole Oliver ) only argue whenever they are together. When his parents marriage fell apart, their teenaged son Matthew (Dakota Daulby) prays. When God doesn't appear to answer, Matthew reacts with rebellion and vandalizes the church. The pastor and deacons choose not to press charges, if Matthew is made to help repair the damages. An unlikely friendship develops between Matthew and Ernest Otto (John Ratzenberger ), the man who did the original wood carvings. After Mattie quits school and threatens to run away from home, his parents reluctant allow him to stay with Mr. Otto to defuse the growing resentment the boy has toward everyone. Mr. Otto challenges Matthew to think about each decision he makes by first asking himself, "What would Jesus do?"
This is a very good film for family viewing or for youth groups. Many kids have to deal with disappointments, divorce, changes, and obstacles that cause them to want to lash out in anger. Learning that Jesus and the Bible are not outmoded, but relevant for today is a lesson well worth repeating. Romans 12:2 tells us, "Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants—what is good, pleasing, and perfect." (God's Word translation). To put it even more simply, the Christian mindset asks, "What Would Jesus Do?"
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