Carrie Pilby

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Carrie Pilby is a Netflix movie about an intelligent young woman whose cynical outlook and nonconformist attitude prevents her from engaging in society. She is particularly baffled with the world’s acceptance of immoral behavior and sex obsession. As she pursues a list of challenges, she is able to overcome some hopelessness and embark on a new romantic relationship.

In a way, I see the character of Carrie Pilby in many people. While they may not be geniuses, they seem knowledgeable and intellectual. Their relationships with their fathers are less than perfect, and they have at least one past failed romance. Also like Carrie, they have become isolated, socially awkward, and somewhat hopeless. Instead of being the exception to a world of lively extroverts, I feel this character embodies much of our present day society.

Why has our world manufactured wounded and hopeless people? Carrie Pilby gives us a clue by pointing out her disgust with sex obsession. Just like in the movie, many people have been lured into romantic relationships that turn sexual. Sex seems to be the normal progression of romantic relationships in our society, but this is not God’s plan for sex. According to His Word, sex is a private act between a man and wife. When we enter into a sexual relationship without a covenant promise for the future, we suffer deep emotional wounds. In combination with flawed relationships with our fathers, we can become really broken and set up a wall of isolation that feeds our social awkwardness.

At the end of Carrie Pilby, a new love interest brings her hope for the future. As Christians, our hope is not in a relationship with another human being. Our restoration hangs on our relationship with Jesus Christ. If we trust in His salvation, He is the One who will bring about the ultimate happy ending in a new world without tears or pain. That promise is guaranteed for those who believe Jesus is God’s Son who paid for our sins with His death but achieved victory in His resurrection. Now He lives forever and offers us eternal life as well. If you have not accepted His invitation to a true happy ending, will you accept it now?

NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD: Thank you for giving us an intellectual and moral protagonist.

NOTE TO WRITERS: Write a story about a character who is socially awkward.

*Kim Bond is a Christian author and editor. Visit her at


Stranger Things

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In Stranger Things, a young boy named Will goes missing and a mysterious girl known as Eleven appears. Will is ultimately rescued from a seeming alternate dimension. The alternate dimension is similar to ours, but it has some creepy elements such as its penetrating darkness, vicious creatures, and wretched coldness.

As Christians, we are not blind to the reality that a similar “dark dimension” runs parallel to the world we perceive with our five senses. Although we cannot see demons, we know they exist and cause us to stumble with deception. Furthermore, they inflict disease and mental illness. Like Will, some of us are being held hostage in spiritual slumber or are being influence to make destructive decisions. With the help of loved ones, those in bondage can break free.

In the movie, Eleven appears to give the group the edge they need to overcome the dark dimension. In real life, we have Jesus. He is much more than a little girl who is merely trying to help and learning her powers. Jesus Christ presents yet a whole other parallel dimension of light and a kingdom of heavenly angels with it. With Jesus, we are more than conquerors.

Wake up from your spiritual slumber and pray for those who have fallen asleep in their walk. Let us spur one another to do good, knowing that this dark dimension surrounds us at this very moment. Yet, we will not despair because the Holy Spirit has given us the power to overcome.

NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD: Thank you for this fun series that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

NOTE TO WRITERS: Write a story about parallel dimensions.

*Kim Bond is a Christian author and editor. Visit her at




Doctor Strange (2016 Movie)

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In Doctor Strange, viewers witness a transformation. A brilliant surgeon loses the skill of his hands in an accident. In his desperate quest for healing, he lets go of his arrogant “facts only” attitude and embraces an alternate view of reality—one in which limitations are displaced.

One of the best scenes in the movie is when the Ancient One is rejecting Doctor Strange’s disbelief. After several displays of power, he asks why. She answers him, “To show you just how much you don’t know.” He must let go of his limited understanding and accept the implausible to gain true wisdom.

At some point, Christians must also accept the implausible. Whether it is embracing an invisible God, acknowledging supernatural elements, or believing incredible Bible stories, we need to let go of what we think we know of this universe. God is happy to oblige a humble prayer such as: God, show me how much I don’t know so I can increase my faith, gain understanding, and receive healing.

God has so much He wants to share with you this year and in your walk with Him. Let go of your plans so He can present some real solutions. Stop self-medicating your issues so He can apply healing ointment to your wounds. He has a great plan for your future. Trust Him to bring it to pass.


NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD: Thank you for keeping this superhero movie PG-13.

NOTE TO WRITERS: Write a story about a character who undergoes a great transformation.

*Kim Bond is a Christian author and editor. Visit her at

Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived

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In The Woman Who Lived (episode 6 of season 9 of Doctor Who), the Doctor reconnects with an immortal woman. Ashildr has become bored, self-focused, and cold-hearted. After her failed alliance with an alien turns destructive, she rediscovers compassion and purpose.

We all live in the same world, but we do not all experience the same reality. For some people, life seems really long. The inability to enjoy life could stem from depression, anxiety, and/or a disturbing past. In their boredom, they may have turned to drugs. Their focus on themselves may have blinded themselves to the needs of others. A bad experience may have left their hearts cold. At some point, like Ashildr, they may have adopted the attitude: “It is me against the world.”

In this episode, the Doctor had the privilege of reading Ashildr’s journals to gain some understanding. In real life, we can trust God knows our hearts (see 1 Kings 8:39). He understands (maybe better than we do) the reason we make choices. If we surrender to the Spirit, we can open our arms to show love to people who may be experiencing depression or anxiety. Hold onto hope when your life seems long so you can avoid callousness and instead master life. Then you will be able to offer love, hope, and understanding to others when they are suffering. Life’s difficulties will either transform you into a weed that steals nutrients from others or a large oak that offers shade to those around you.

NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD: Great acting helps an audience lose themselves in an episode. One of the best aspects of this episode was the amazing acting performance by Maisie Williams.

NOTE TO WRITERS: Write a story with some aspect that is an allegory for anxiety and depression.

*Kim Bond is a Christian author and editor. Visit her at

Doctor Who: Human Nature

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Human Nature (episode 8 of season 3 of Doctor Who) is an episode where the Doctor has turned himself from a Time Lord into a human. He accomplished this extremely painful transformation to protect himself from an enemy. Although he is unaware of his identity as a Time Lord, his traveling companion knows the truth.

One reason audiences find the Doctor so irresistible is his messianic qualities—which include intelligence, power, and immortality. Knowing their Messiah, Christians may see some connections between the Doctor and Jesus Christ. In this episode, it seems especially true. According to Colossians 1:16-17, Jesus existed in heaven at the creation of the world. Like the Doctor, he also became a human. In contrast, Jesus did not exchange his divine nature but had two natures instead of one. The Doctor was unaware of his identity as a Time Lord when he was human, but Jesus knew He was divine by the time He was twelve. Although the Doctor became human to protect himself, Jesus was born as a human for the sake of mankind.

Both this fictional character and the true person of Jesus gave up some amazing things to become human. In the end, it was worth it because they accomplished their missions. We have a real enemy that wants to seek and destroy us, but we need not be afraid because Jesus came to Earth to save us from eternal death. If we trust in Him, our souls will enjoy eternal life without pain or sorrow.

NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD: Success in a film is when creepiness is accomplished without silliness.

NOTE TO WRITERS: Try this writing prompt. Write a story with a messianic figure. What qualities will this person have?

*Kim Bond is a Christian author and editor. Visit her at

Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time

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“Twice Upon a Time” is the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas Special. In it, the Doctor meets with glass entities that consist of memories from a specific person. The glass entities have recruited Bill Potts and a World War I soldier. The Doctor refuses to accept Bill Potts in spite of her insistence that people consist merely of memories.

I am going to have to agree with the Doctor. From a Christian perspective, mankind is made up of a physical body, a spirit, and a soul according to 1 Thessalonians 5:23. That means the glass body of Bill Potts inhabited by her memories is missing at least two key components. Bill tries to make her point that memories are important by evoking an image of Clara. However, it is actually the emotional reaction stemming from our souls that carries power—not the information stored in our brains defined as a memory.

The tiny baby born to Mary that we celebrate on Christmas day inspired a real truce in 1914. That is because those soldiers knew Jesus was born to save our souls —not our memories.

NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD: Steven Moffat writes clever and lovable characters for a clever audience that longs to love. This is the recipe for success.

NOTE TO WRITERS: Infuse fictional characters with some historical event.

*Kim Bond is a Christian author and editor. Visit her at

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the ninth Star Wars movie to be released. In it, Rey asks Luke to train her in the Force. Yet, Luke resists because he has lost confidence in himself. He doubts that the Force will have a positive impact on the situation. Finally, he relents and agrees to teach her. With his help, the Resistance makes a getaway from a desperate situation.

By examining Luke’s behavior in The Last Jedi, viewers can appreciate the importance of hope. We come to realize the lack of hope stemmed from a past mistake. Instead of letting it go and trying to improve, he held onto it and let it fester. This lack of confidence prevented him from going on to do anything in the future. He not only lost hope in himself, but he also doubted the impact the Force would make on the situation. Without Rey’s encouragement, he would have squandered his remaining years in isolation.

People everywhere have lost hope. They have held onto past mistakes, isolated themselves, and doubted not only in themselves—but also in the Almighty God. As Christians, we have good reason to hope for our future and to let go of past wounds. We serve a powerful God who has promised He will restore us and heal our wounds (Jeremiah 30:17) . According to Jeremiah 31:17, the Lord has promised us there is hope for our future. Let go of doubt and be a light to a hurting world.

NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD:  New creatures is a great way to win our hearts. Nice job!

NOTE TO WRITERS: Write a story about a reluctant hero and an encouraging friend.

*Kim Bond is a Christian author and editor. Visit her at

Star Wars: Rogue One

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Star Wars: Rogue One was the eighth Star Wars movie to be released. In it, a distinguished scientist is captured and forced to assist in the development of the Death Star. His daughter, Jyn, goes into hiding under the care of a father figure who deserts her in order to protect her identity. Ultimately, she accepts her mission to help the Rebellion.

Many people can identify with Jyn. At some point in our lives, we have all felt abandoned and disillusioned. We, too, have taken a narrow view of our lives and decide to just get by at certain times. Lucky for Jyn, she woke up from this complacency. She recognized that the negative things that happened to her in her life eventually worked together for her own good. Furthermore, she had the chance to see firsthand that her help was critical to the success of the Rebellion. She took Saw’s words to heart, “Go!….Save the Rebellion!” 

From a Christian perspective, we have our own Rebellion to fight for—the kingdom of heaven. In Matthew 12:30 Jesus said, “…whoever does not gather with me scatters.” What are you doing to gather others for God’s kingdom? While you may not have the same opportunities as Jyn, trust God that everything has worked together for your good. Also, trust me when I say  that your help is crucial for victory over the dark forces that plague this earth. If you have fallen complacent, get inspired by reading or watching videos about Christians in missions or present-day martyrs. Pray to know your mission today and for this lifetime. In the words of Jesus, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19)

NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD:  K-2SO, BB-8, R2-D2, C-3PO… How do you do it? How do keep creating droids that viewers fall in love with over and over again? Keep up the good work!

NOTE TO WRITERS: Create a character that is hard to love. Slowly unveil that person’s heartbreaking past so readers understand and are moved to love him or her.

*Kim Bond is a Christian author and editor. Visit her at


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the seventh Star Wars movie to be released. In it, a stormtrooper rejects authority and flees with the help of a Resistance pilot. The stormtrooper, known as Finn, meets a scavenger named Rey and a droid named BB-8. Together, they pursue a mission while overcoming a knight of the dark side who calls himself Kylo Ren.

One could argue the theme of The Force Awakens is notable choices. Viewers are presented with major characters who made significant choices instead of simply accepting their situations. Likewise, real people make powerful choices that impact their immediate and eternal futures (and the destiny of others).

During the course of the movie, we learn Kylo Ren’s history. He is the son of two powerful heroes and has been trained as a Jedi, yet he rejected his promising future to serve the dark side. This character reminds us that we cannot depend on the faith of our parents or a Christian education to save us. Every person must make a personal choice to accept Jesus as his Savior to enjoy eternal life. If we reject Jesus, we will slowly begin to embrace dark thoughts and mask our true identities.

In contrast to Kylo Ren’s tragic decision, viewers are introduced to a character who traded his grim circumstance for a respectable alternative. Finn refused to partake in the battle, rejected his position as a stormtrooper, and fled from the First Order. One admirable decision after another demonstrates his true role as a hero. Like Finn, we are all born into a world of sin and contribute to it by acting with our sin nature. Yet, we can make a choice to obtain a new spiritual nature from Jesus Christ so our inner hero begins to shine.

What notable choice can you make today? Is it the choice to accept Jesus as your Savoir and accept a new spiritual nature? How about the decision to reject those dark thoughts and remove the mask? What about the choice to sin less and shine as a hero with an admirable decision today? I pray you make the right choice today—one that will impact your immediate and eternal future in a positive way.

NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD:  Viewers didn’t see a strong female lead in anything for many years. Now there is a strong female lead in every movie. Do what you want, but PLEASE make it different than the last movie we saw.

NOTE TO WRITERS: Write a story with a character who makes a notable choice that changes his or her situation.

*There is not much more time to submit your short fiction story for publication in Draw Near’s next ebook Menagerie. Details here:

Kim Bond is a Christian author and editor. Visit her at


Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith was the sixth Star Wars movie to be released. In it, Anakin fears losing Padmé because of a recurring and vivid dream. The chancellor promises to teach him the power to save her using the dark side of the force. After facing an inner struggle, Anakin turns to the dark side and nearly loses his life in battle against Obi-Wan. Padmé dies in childbirth as the Chancellor arranges for Anakin’s medical care.

In all of the Star Wars movies, we see evil represented by the dark side. Specifically in this movie, we see the Chancellor symbolize a Satan-like figure. He is clever. He did not introduce himself as a sith at their first meeting and invite Anakin to come to the dark side. Instead, the Chancellor built a relationship with Anakin while disguising himself as someone good. In 2 Corinthians 11:14, we read this is precisely Satan’s strategy “…for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”

After the Chancellor had built a relationship, he exploited Anakin’s negative emotions of fear and anger. Instead of struggling against negative emotions, Anakin gave into them.  Chancellor Palpatine made false promises to the young jedi by offering him the opportunity to use evil powers to save Padmé. Sadly, he surrendered himself in exchange for this power that seemed so important at the time; yet, in the end, he never even obtained. Anakin lost his bright future, healthy body, and the love of his life.

If Christians apply this allegory to our spiritual lives, we can fortify our souls against Satan’s aggression. First, we can recognize and withdraw from people or things in our lives that appear to be good but do not exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). Second, we can reject negative emotions instead of acting on them. If we have fearful thoughts, we can dismiss them and persevere in our circumstance. When we are faced with anger, we can choose to forgive and let go of the rage. Finally, we can turn to God in prayer for the things we want to happen instead of trying to obtain what we want with unnatural powers or by pursuing them without God’s blessing. Satan’s plans for us are death and destruction, but God’s plans are abundant life lived to the fullest. Let us take courage and follow Christ to sure victory!

NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD: Allow the audience to witness the long-lasting, painful consequences of evil actions.

NOTE TO WRITERS: Write a story about a character who makes a bad decision and suffers severe consequences. Allow your character to experience all of the factors that influenced your poor decision.

*There is not much more time to submit your short fiction story for publication in Draw Near’s next ebook Menagerie. Details here:

Kim Bond is a Christian author and editor. Visit her at