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DeVon Franklin
talks 'Breakthrough' miracle: 'Patient dead, mother prayed,
he came back'

By Jeannie Law, ChristianPost.com

  DeVon Franklin, a producer of the new Christian film "Breakthrough," says he felt compelled to make a film based on the proven medical miracle that was brought about by a mother's prayers to God.

  "Breakthrough" tells the miraculous true story of Joyce and John Smith, a mother and son who relied on the power of prayer and the Holy Spirit following a fatal accident that led doctors to pronounce John deceased for 45 minutes until he was revived following his mother's desperate pleas to God that he be brought back to life.

  "I love to make stories, movies that make the case for God," Franklin told The Christian Post in an interview on the set of "Breakthrough" last year. "True stories, in different ways, so that someone who might not know or might be wondering, they see the film and it makes a strong argument that there is a loving God that cares for us. And when we believe in Him impossible things can happen. That's one of the things I look for when I'm evaluating different types of stories and whether or not I feel like I'm called to do those stories and this film, and this story had that."

  Franklin was also behind the film "Miracles from Heaven," a blockbuster hit starring Jennifer Garner that was also based on a real-life miracle. The film producer said he felt compelled to tell the Smith's story in "Breakthrough" because there is recorded proof of the supernatural occurrence.

  "I've never heard of a story where it's a medical record. It's not like a subjective thing, It's medical record: 'patient dead, mother prayed, patient came back to life,' that is medical record," Franklin declared. "So that is so amazing that I just felt compelled that it would be another story that could make a strong case for God."

  Franklin said he believes the movie is being released at the perfect time.

  "I also think it's one of the reasons why God has allowed this story to come to the big screen as quickly as it has," he added, "because I do think that we're in a time where there is chaos, there's anger, there's animosity, there's frustration, there's so much conflict, that entertainment, interestingly enough, plays a very powerful role in either adding to it or helping diffuse it and resolve it."

  "I do think that 'Breakthrough' is the type of film that can produce a breakthrough of unity, and a breakthrough of love and a breakthrough of faith and a breakthrough of help. Because this is the fiber of the film," he said.

  Franklin maintained that the community of people who rallied around the Smiths truly exemplified the unity he wishes to see in the world now.

 Chrissy Metz ("This is Us") plays the role of Joyce Smith and actor Josh Lucas ("Sweet Home Alabama") plays her husband, Brian Smith. Marcel Ruiz ("One Day at a Time") portrays their son, John. The film was directed by TV director Roxann Dawson ("House of Cards," "Scandal," "The Americans," and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.").

  The 20th Century Fox movie is based on Joyce Smith's book The Impossible and was adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte ("Seven Pounds").

  "Breakthrough" will be released in theaters nationwide on April 17.

~ from christianpost.com ~

DeVon Franklin's
New Book 'The Truth About Men' Was Inspired By
Father's Infidelity

By Joi-Marie McKenzie - Essence.com

  Bestselling author andn filmmaker DeVon Franklin is back with another book to improve relationships, and this time he's leaving his beautiful wife, actress Meagan Good, out of it.

  Although the two joined forces to pen their New York Times bestselling book, The Wait, which encouraged couples to use abstinence as a tool to improve relationships, Franklin this time was inspired by another family member to write a book just for men; and women too.

  "The Truth About Men: What Men and Women Need To Know", hit bookshelves February 5, 2019, and is already at #14 on the EPCA Christian Booksellers Top 50 list. It was inspired by Franklin's late father, Donald.

  "He passed away when I was 9 years old," Franklin told ESSENCE exclusively. "Years after he passed away, I found out he was unfaithful with my mother. It really began to make me think: 'My goodness, well if my Dad was this way, what does this mean for me?'"

  "'What does this say about me? Am I going to be predisposed?" he continued.

  Franklin said it was important to him that he didn't repeat his father's mistakes and "hurt the women in my life."

  "I don't want to be the type of man that says one thing and does another," Franklin explained. "It really made me more aware of navigating the 'dog' in me.'
In fact, "mastering the dog," is a chapter in Franklin's The Truth About Men. It's the film producer's metaphor for mastering men's ability - or lack thereof - to control lust that's detrimental to building healthy relationships.

  This is why The Truth About Men, Franklin said, isn't just for men. It's also for women to provide insight on how men really think, and the motives behind some of their most troubling, or problematic, ways.

  So what's a 'dog' moment?

  Franklin gave an example: If a man is keeping you in "the grey area" when it comes to dating, he hasn't mastered the dog within him. He advises women in relationships with those types of men to dump them. Just kidding; he advises women to "ask direct questions and wait for direct answers. "

  "The dog likes to hide in the shadows, but you have to bring the dog into the light," he added.

  Along with holding a mirror up to black men, Franklin hopes that The Truth About Men will also create a featherbed of support and a "safe space" to allow black men the breadth and freedom to emote - whether or not it subscribes to the very limiting expectations of masculinity.

  "As men, we need a safe space to be able to talk because when we express what we feel - and we're met with judgment or we're met with, 'How could you?' - that shuts us down," Franklin said. "And it's so important for...the women in our lives to be a safe space."

~ from essence.com ~


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DeVon Franklin
"The Truth About Men: What Men and Women
Need To Know"

We hear it all the time. Men cheat. Men love power. Men love sex. Men are greedy. Men are dogs. But is this the truth about men? In this groundbreaking book, DeVon Franklin dishes the real Truth About Men by making the compelling case that men aren't dogs but all men share the same struggle. He uses the metaphor of a dog that needs training as a way to explore why behavior persists in men that can lead them to act against their vows, their integrity and even their character. DeVon provides the manual for how men can change, both on a personal and a societal level, by providing practical solutions for helping men learn how to resist temptation, how to practice self-control and how to love. He argues the same discipline that drives men in their professional lives needs to be applied to their private lives. DeVon is also transparent about the challenges he faces daily as he endeavors to
"Master the Dog" within.

DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good
"Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love," Hardcover

Faced with starting a new relationship and wanting to avoid potentially devastating relationship pitfalls Hollywood power couple DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good chose to do something almost unheard of in today's society - abstain from sex until they were married.
In The Wait, DeVon and Meagan share the life-changing message that waiting - rather than rushing a relationship - can help you find the person you're meant to be with. Filled with candid his-and-hers accounts of the most important moments of their relationship, and practical advice on how waiting for everything - from dating to sex - can transform relationships, allowing you to find a deep connection based on patience, trust, and faith.

Joyce Smith
The Miraculous True Story of a Mother's Faith and
Her Child's Resurrection"
(Last Month: #New)

Prayer works --- ask Joyce Smith. In January 2015, her son fell into an ice-covered St. Louis lake. Submerged for 20 minutes, his heart stopped. After 45 minutes of unsuccessful CPR, Smith mustered her faith and cried aloud to God to save him. John's heart started beating. Medical experts were baffled, but she wasn't! Previously published as The Impossible.


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