GREAT SOULS: SIX WHO CHANGED THE CENTURY

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Release Date: January 01, 1970

Starring: David Aikman

Genre: Documentary/Biography

Audience: All ages REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr GREAT SOULS is a
retrospective of six of the
great souls of the 20th
Century. It is a marvelous
series that should be seen and
re-seen in the homes of
believers and non-believers.
Written and hosted by David
Aikman, former Senior
Correspondent of Time
Magazine, this series looks at
six of the most influential
people of the 20th Century. In
doing so, it exalts cardinal
virtues and Christian
principles and gives children
and adults the desire to
embrace and emulate them. Two
of the great souls seem
self-evident: Billy Graham and
Mother Theresa. These two
wonderfully-woven and written
video documentaries highlight
the spiritual gifts and moral
fabric which these two
individuals exemplify. Billy
Graham is arguably the
preeminent Christian leader of
the 20th Century. He led
millions to know new life in
Jesus Christ, was a friend to
ten American Presidents and
pastor to millions. Mother
Theresa felt called of God to
serve the poorest people of
India. She inspired the world
with her example of compassion
for the poor and set a
standard for servanthood
unequaled in the twentieth
century. The next video
focuses on Pope John Paul II,
showing his valiant battle
against secularism and
communism. It attributes, to a
degree, the overthrow of the
Marxist-Leninist system to
Pope John Paul's crusade for
human dignity. The next
program treats Aleksandr
Solzhenitzyn, whose voice of
honesty and truth describing
the Soviet Gulag exposed the
horrors of Communism and
eventually helped to overthrow
that evil system without a
shot being fired. It is very
critical to understand the
power of faith in the midst of
extreme adversity in the
darkest corner of the
prisons. Hailed as the
greatest Russian writer of the
20th century, Aleksandr's
light of faith never went out,
and his clear recall of the
horrors that have been hidden
expose the fruitless works of
Leninism and set the people
behind the Iron Curtain free.
In other words, he did not
need an army: One man plus God
freed hundreds of millions of
people. Another incredible
story is Nelson Mandela.
Again, the series focuses on
the good, although it mentions
his attempt to overthrow
Apartheid with armed force and
hints at his early Marxist
views. It also highlights the
influence of the Christian
forces in his life that taught
him to forgive. Like
Solzhenitzyn, Mandela's
Christian virtues, whether
conscious or unconscious,
overthrew a tyrannical system
without a shot being
fired. Finally, the series
considers Ellie Wiesel who has
kept the memory of the
Holocaust alive for years. At
first blush, he would seem to
be an odd character in this
series that features people of
Christian faith and values.
Wiesel, though, is an
important component of this
series because he shows that
if we forget history, we are
doomed to repeat it. It would
be a blessing if the children,
and any others, who see this
series would look deeper into
the lives of any combination
of these people. If they do
so, they'll see that they did
have some flaws, but could
still be guided toward a
deeper truth by their
extraordinary God-given gifts.
The bottom line is that in a
world of six billion people
it's hard to imagine that one
person could make a difference
unless that person has the
power of the world's greatest
arsenal; something that few
have available to them. This
series shows that one person,
even from the darkest Gulag in
Siberia, can transform the
world with right on their
side; even more so with a
passion for God. These
individuals overthrew some of
the world's most powerful
kingdoms, and if, as Mother
Theresa says, "God can choose
the weakest 4' 11" woman from
Albania to change the world,
he can choose you, too, if you
are true to His call." Please
address your comments to: Ken
Curtis Vision Video P.O. Box
540 Worcester, PA
19490 Phone: (800)
523-0226 Email:
info@visionvideo.com

Rating: G

Runtime: 58:30 per program (6 programs)

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(CCC, H, Pa, V) Christian worldview, often featuring non-Christian characters, which sometimes ignores their non-Christian pasts; some scenes of Holocaust victims and other victims of persecution; and, nude bodies of Holocaust victims.

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Summary:

Written and hosted by David Aikman, former Senior Correspondent of Time Magazine, GREAT SOULS is a video series which looks at six of the most influential people of the 20th Century: Billy Graham, Mother Theresa, Pope John Paul II, Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn, Nelson Mandela, and Ellie Wiesel. In doing so, it exalts cardinal virtues and Christian principles and gives children and adults the desire to embrace and emulate them.

Review:

GREAT SOULS is a retrospective of six of the great souls of the 20th Century. It is a marvelous series that should be seen and re-seen in the homes of believers and non-believers. Written and hosted by David Aikman, former Senior Correspondent of Time Magazine, this series looks at six of the most influential people of the 20th Century. In doing so, it exalts cardinal virtues and Christian principles and gives children and adults the desire to embrace and emulate them.

Two of the great souls seem self-evident: Billy Graham and Mother Theresa. These two wonderfully-woven and written video documentaries highlight the spiritual gifts and moral fabric which these two individuals exemplify.

Billy Graham is arguably the preeminent Christian leader of the 20th Century. He led millions to know new life in Jesus Christ, was a friend to ten American Presidents and pastor to millions.

Mother Theresa felt called of God to serve the poorest people of India. She inspired the world with her example of compassion for the poor and set a standard for servanthood unequaled in the twentieth century.

The next video focuses on Pope John Paul II, showing his valiant battle against secularism and communism. It attributes, to a degree, the overthrow of the Marxist-Leninist system to Pope John Paul's crusade for human dignity.

The next program treats Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn, whose voice of honesty and truth describing the Soviet Gulag exposed the horrors of Communism and eventually helped to overthrow that evil system without a shot being fired. It is very critical to understand the power of faith in the midst of extreme adversity in the darkest corner of the prisons.

Hailed as the greatest Russian writer of the 20th century, Aleksandr's light of faith never went out, and his clear recall of the horrors that have been hidden expose the fruitless works of Leninism and set the people behind the Iron Curtain free. In other words, he did not need an army: One man plus God freed hundreds of millions of people.

Another incredible story is Nelson Mandela. Again, the series focuses on the good, although it mentions his attempt to overthrow Apartheid with armed force and hints at his early Marxist views. It also highlights the influence of the Christian forces in his life that taught him to forgive. Like Solzhenitzyn, Mandela's Christian virtues, whether conscious or unconscious, overthrew a tyrannical system without a shot being fired.

Finally, the series considers Ellie Wiesel who has kept the memory of the Holocaust alive for years. At first blush, he would seem to be an odd character in this series that features people of Christian faith and values. Wiesel, though, is an important component of this series because he shows that if we forget history, we are doomed to repeat it.

It would be a blessing if the children, and any others, who see this series would look deeper into the lives of any combination of these people. If they do so, they'll see that they did have some flaws, but could still be guided toward a deeper truth by their extraordinary God-given gifts.

The bottom line is that in a world of six billion people it's hard to imagine that one person could make a difference unless that person has the power of the world's greatest arsenal; something that few have available to them. This series shows that one person, even from the darkest Gulag in Siberia, can transform the world with right on their side; even more so with a passion for God. These individuals overthrew some of the world's most powerful kingdoms, and if, as Mother Theresa says, "God can choose the weakest 4' 11" woman from Albania to change the world, he can choose you, too, if you are true to His call."

Please address your comments to:



Ken Curtis

Vision Video

P.O. Box 540

Worcester, PA 19490

Phone: (800) 523-0226

Email: info@visionvideo.com

SUMMARY: Written and hosted by David Aikman, former Senior Correspondent of Time Magazine, GREAT SOULS is a video series which looks at six of the most influential people of the 20th Century: Billy Graham, Mother Theresa, Pope John Paul II, Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn, Nelson Mandela, and Ellie Wiesel. In doing so, it exalts cardinal virtues and Christian principles and gives children and adults the desire to embrace and emulate them.

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