Movie Review & DVD Giveaway ~ The Shunning

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I was provided a copy of The Shunning, which is a Hallmark Original Movie  staring Danielle Panabaker & Sherry Stringfield, and is based off the book written by Beverly Lewis. Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books.  Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide.  A keen interest in her mother’s Plain heritage has inspired Lewis to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with “The Shunning,” which has sold more than one million copies.  In 2007, Lewis’ “The Brethren” was honored with a Christy Award. Lewis has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC.  Lewis lives with her husband, David, in Colorado.

The story is about a young girl who doesn’t really know who she is or where she belongs, even though she has a very loving family among the Amish. There is a lot of information shared about Amish life – and how different she is than what is expected of her (she likes to play the guitar and sing). As you might guess, she is shunned based on slightly considering leaving the Amish community – being shunned means no one is to talk to her, sit with her or even look at her – very harsh – but is supposed to “bring the person to repentance”.

So…thoughts on this movie: our family liked it. As a matter of fact, dh was so into it that there were several times I had to do things myself for ds3 that I had asked dh to do but he didn’t hear because he was so into the movie! 🙂 Overall we would recommend it to others, especially if you like movies about Amish life (but do keep in mind that this movie covers the first book of three in the “The Heritage of Lancaster County” book series).

This movie is not rated and is 88 minutes in length. When you watch it, remember to have a box of kleenex handy.

You can view a trailer of the movie HERE.

This DVD will be available September 13th (this coming Tuesday). If you’d like to purchase a copy of your own, you can go to Family Christian or Christian Books – both have them listed for sale at $13.99 at the time of writing this blog post.

Now, for the super exciting part! Not only was I given a copy to review…but I am allowed to give one copy away to one of my readers!

Here are the different ways you can enter to win (one entry each):

Check out The Shunning website and comment on what you think sounds interesting about this DVD.
Follow my blog on Google Friend Connect (or let me know you already do).
Like Guiding Light Homeschool on Facebook (or let me know you already do).
Like The Shunning Facebook page.
Follow my blog via Networked Blogs (or let me know you already do).
Follow me on Twitter  (or let me know you already do).
Tweet about this giveaway.
Share on this on Facebook.

Remember to leave a comment (aka entry) for EACH of the above!

This giveaway is now closed. at which time one random winner will be drawn and notified. Please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you! If not, another winner will be drawn. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, if not heard from, I will draw another winner.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this video free from Propeller. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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45 thoughts on “Movie Review & DVD Giveaway ~ The Shunning

  1. LaVonne September 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm Reply

    I think anything to do with the Amish is interesting. Plus, I read this book and I loved it. I hope I win!

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  2. LaVonne September 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm Reply

    I found you via the Friday blog hop, and I am glad that I did. I am now following you via GFC.

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  3. LaVonne September 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm Reply

    I now like The Shunning page on FB. LaVonne C. L. is my FB name.

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  4. LaVonne September 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm Reply

    I now follow you on Twitter. @longwait4bella is my username.

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  5. LaVonne September 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm Reply

    I am already a FB fan. LaVonne C. L. is my FB name.

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  6. Leigh September 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm Reply

    The plot sounds original (at least to me) and engaging. I haven’t read or watched anything Amish before, but using Rod & Staff Curriculum in previous homeschool years has piqued my interest.

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  7. Leigh September 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm Reply

    I already follow via GFC

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  8. Leigh September 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm Reply

    I already like you on FB.

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  9. Leigh September 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm Reply

    I already follow you via Networked Blogs

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  10. Leigh September 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm Reply

    I already follow you on Twitter. (@Leigh_Owens)

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  11. Ammy Quinn September 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm Reply

    I am a follower – and a big fan of Beverly Lewis! SO excited to see this one!

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  12. Katherine A September 11, 2011 at 1:25 am Reply

    I would love to watch this to find out more about the Amish. The trailer was very touching and I would like to watch more.

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  13. Katherine A September 11, 2011 at 1:25 am Reply

    Following with GFC. I forgot to ask if I can enter from the UK

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  14. Katherine A September 11, 2011 at 1:26 am Reply

    I liked Guiding Light homeschool on facebook

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  15. Katherine A September 11, 2011 at 1:27 am Reply

    I just liked The Shunning facebook page

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  16. Katherine A September 11, 2011 at 1:28 am Reply

    Following you with networked blogs

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  17. Katherine A September 11, 2011 at 1:29 am Reply

    Following @guidinglight3 on twitter as @mumoffunkids

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  18. Katherine A September 11, 2011 at 1:29 am Reply

    I tweeted

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  19. Katherine A September 11, 2011 at 1:31 am Reply

    I shared on facebook

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  20. Frances September 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm Reply

    Please include me in the competition to win a copy of The Shunning. I read the book many years ago when beverly lewis first came out with it and loved it, so i am eager to see another of he books on the screen. Thanks and have a blessed day. Frances

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  21. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog September 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm Reply

    i love that the movie is set in an Amish community and based on a book by an author I really like. Thank you!

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  22. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog September 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm Reply

    i’m a twitter follower! in_the_hammock

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  24. Lynn McInnis September 16, 2011 at 9:28 am Reply

    I follow via GFC.

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  25. Lynn McInnis September 16, 2011 at 9:29 am Reply

    I follow on Twitter.

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  26. Lynn McInnis September 16, 2011 at 9:29 am Reply

    I like Guiding Light on FB.

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  27. Michelle September 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm Reply

    `Beverly Lewis keen interest in her mother’s Plain heritage inspired her to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with “The Shunning,” which has sold more than one million copies`.

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  28. Grandma Bonnie September 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm Reply

    I think the movie sounds like it will be a very interesting portrayal of The Amish culture.
    I am inviting you to stop by and enter my home school supplies giveaway. http://grandmabonniescloset.blogspot.com/2011/09/fun-celebration-giveaway.html
    I hope you have a great week.

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  29. Regina September 19, 2011 at 8:36 am Reply

    I learned that Beverly Lewis was born in Pennsylvania…
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  30. Regina September 19, 2011 at 8:37 am Reply

    GFC follower: tarter95
    tarter95 at hotmail dot com

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  31. Deb Chitwood September 19, 2011 at 6:04 pm Reply

    I like the concept of the unknown daughter being Amish. I always enjoy learning more about the Amish and their faith.

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  32. Deb Chitwood September 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm Reply

    I follow you via GFC.

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  33. Deb Chitwood September 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm Reply

    I already follow Guiding Light Homeschool on Facebook (Deb Chitwood).

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  34. Deb Chitwood September 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm Reply

    I already follow you on Twitter (@DebChitwood).

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  35. Deb Chitwood September 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm Reply
  36. Marci J September 21, 2011 at 4:28 am Reply

    What I would find interesting is how the woman can find forgiveness and healing in her heart after such a unimaginable tragedy

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  37. Sharonna M September 22, 2011 at 8:10 pm Reply

    I love the fact that the Amish are always so forgiving.

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  38. Sharonna M September 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm Reply

    I follow on GFC. 🙂

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  39. Sharonna M September 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm Reply

    I am a fan of “The Shunning” on Facebook.

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  40. Sharonna M September 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm Reply

    I am a fan of “Guiding Light” on Facebook.

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  41. Sharonna M September 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm Reply

    I follow on Twitter. 🙂

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  42. So You Call Yourself A Homeschooler? September 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm Reply

    I follow you on Twitter 🙂 My twitter name is @SoYouCallYAH
    Blessings! Carlie from http://www.soyoucallyourselfahomeschooler.com

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