‘War Room’ Actress Karen Abercrombie Talks New Film ‘Discarded Things,’ Laments Tendency to Hide Brokenness in the Church

“War Room” actress Karen Abercrombie co-wrote, directed, and stars in “Discarded Things.” | Pure Flix

After starring as Miss Clara in the 2015 faith-based film “War Room,” award-winning actress Karen Abercrombie knew God was calling her to continue using her talents to tell stories that matter.

“After ‘War Room,’ everybody was reaching out to me from all over the world, wanting me to play their grandmother,” she recalled in an interview with The Christian Post. “It was a blessing, but it was frustrating as well in that there are so many other things that can be done with what God had given me, so many stories that I could be a part of telling.”

Following her stint as prayer warrior Miss Clara, Abercrombie was invited to a number of churches in various denominations around the world — an opportunity she said was nothing short of eye-opening.

“What God did with my character, it just opened up the doors for me to see a lot of things,” she said.

One thing Abercrombie was struck by was the shiny veneer on the reality of brokenness, pain, and loneliness in the Church. This lack of transparency, she said, discourages those struggling from ever revealing their pain and prevents them from walking in the freedom found in Christ.

“There are people in churches with stories that they’re embarrassed to talk about because what we see projected on to us is, ‘Everything’s fine. Everything’s beautiful, everything’s glorious, everybody is OK,’” she said. “A lot of people dress up what’s going on … [but] you know everything inside is broken.”

So she formed her own production company — Earth Mother Entertainment —  to highlight stories that not only teach life lessons, but that also bring people of all backgrounds together and highlight their common humanity.

Her latest film, “Discarded Things,” is one of these stories, centering on finding purpose, recovery, and the challenges facing at-risk youth.

Starring and co-written by Abercrombie herself, “Discarded Things” follows the life of Grace Wyatt, an esteemed music professor whose life is disrupted by tragedy and alcoholism.

When she finds herself thrown out of her lavish academic world and into the harsh reality of teaching at-risk youth, she begins to find emotional restoration as she gets to know the teens. Together, they offer each other support through the power of forgiveness and music.

The daughter of two individuals who struggled with substance abuse, Abercrombie said the story was close to home.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett

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