Thursday, December 29, 2011
Journey to Christmas
Journey to Christmas, a 2 DVD set, is a 4 episode reality series where 5 individuals are brought together to experiene the Christmas season in the holy land. The fact that I am not an avid reality show viewer is probably the biggest reason for my more negative review of this series. I found myself disinterested in the friendships developed among the 5 travelers and only mildly interested in their running commentary of their take on this holy land experience.
The 5 people were made up of 3 women and 2 men with each one coming to this journey with a unique purpose. Drew was probably the most outspoken and direct (no surprise that he is a radio talk show host) stating that he was in a "crisis of faith" and trying to decide waht he believed about God. Dusty is a singer/songwriter and Nazreth is a visual artist, and both of these women are profess belief in Christ. Rory is an international relations analyst from both Jewish and Christian backgrounds but is himself an agnostic. Kim is a first nations youth worker, Christian, and spends her journey trying to find out if Jesus was "tribal" or if this is just "white man's gospel." As you can probably imagine, the mix provided quite an array of thoughts and opinions as they saw the sights of the holy land. So, obviously, a lot of the opinions expressed, I did not agree with (plus I will mention that there was the occaisional taking of God's name in vain).
On the other hand, it is good to understand the true details of the nativity and rid ourselves of some of the "Christmas card" images we may have in our minds. However, a trip to the holy land will not necessarily convince an unbeliever of the truth of Jesus Christ, but will deepen the faith of a believer (as expressed by some of the participants). I am sure they have a much fuller understanding of the Christmas story by having experienced the landscape of the holy land firsthand.
I just couldn't get into the whole "reality show" side of this series. I found it distracting at some points and just plain dull in other parts. I would have enjoyed just a regular documentary - but, hey maybe I'm just boring like that. 3 out of 5 stars.
I received a free copy of these DVDs from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Check this series out for yourself at www.tyndale.com/Journey-to-Christmas/9781414365084.