Multi-platinum artist Michael W. Smith, who stars in the upcoming faith-based film “Beautifully Broken,” shared critical moments in his life, including a near-death experience and a nervous breakdown, that led to his own beautifully broken path to Jesus.
“Beautifully Broken,” which will be released in theaters on Aug. 24 via ArtAffects, is the true telling of three families — a refugee’s escape, a prisoner’s promise, and a daughter’s painful secret. Along with the legendary Christian singer, the cast includes Scott William Winters (“Lethal Weapon”), Benjamin Onyango (“God’s Not Dead”), and Emily Hahn (“Toy Story 3”).
Smith said the movie really stands apart from other Christian films because of how shockingly transparent it is.
“Everybody’s got stuff going on in their lives, every believer, every nonbeliever, I mean you just can’t avoid it. We live in a broken world and unfortunately that’s my problem a lot with ‘faith-based films’ that seem to be nicely wrapped up in a bow. You don’t really get the raw things of what goes on in people’s lives and that’s what I love about this movie,” Smith told The Christian Post.
The film tells the story of “three fathers and their fight to save their families.” On their quest, “their lives become intertwined in an unlikely journey across the globe, where they learn the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation,” according to the film’s synopsis.
When asked to share his own testimony of being beautifully broken, Smith admitted he had many different stories to choose from but two in particular that stood out.
“I think of me almost dying. I was playing with fire in the late ’70s and I had a near-death experience and began to pray that God would rescue me because I knew I would die if something didn’t change,” he shared of surviving the flames.
He also recalled a nervous breakdown he had decades ago that led to his recommitment to Christ.
“Then I had this nervous breakdown, beyond, honestly. It was just that God came and He laid down beside me on the floor in my kitchen as I wept and convulsed for three hours, from midnight to 3:00 in the morning. I haven’t been the same since I got up off the floor,” he testified.
Smith had been abusing alcohol and drugs until that moment on the kitchen floor. He noted that his parents prayed for him consistently and never judged him.
Now, the legendary worship leader is seeing God work in his children’s life during their struggles.
“We have a daughter who’s going through a really hard time; her husband left her. It’s awful,” he said. “But watching faith rise up in her, watching faith rise up in the whole family, you just see the faithfulness of God in the midst of a very difficult situation. We have to lean on the only One that can comfort and fill the gap and make us whole and that’s what we do.”
In “Beautifully Broken,” Smith plays a pastor on screen as he did for the movie “The Second Chance.” When asked how he enjoyed his role in this new film, he said it “comes naturally.”
“I’m a pastor, I pastored a church for two years and I feel like I pastor people through my music, it’s kind of part of what I do,” he stated.
Smith admitted that at some point in his acting career, he’d like to play “someone crazy” or a different kind of role since he knows he has the talent to do more. However, he wanted to be part of “Beautifully Broken” because he really believed in the script.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law