Pat Boone on His New Book ‘If’: ‘I Learned There Is No Blessing of God That Doesn’t Come Without An If’

Pat Boone on His New Book ‘If’: ‘I Learned There Is No Blessing of God That Doesn’t Come Without An If’

By Movieguide® Staff

Hollywood icon and singer Pat Boone recently announced a new book called ‘If’ that he hopes will encourage secular audiences to start asking the right questions.

“This book is written not for Christians, because Christians need to know everything and should know everything that’s in this book,” Boone said in a recent interview. “However, Barna, the pollsters and Gallup all report that we are no longer a nation under God. We are a divided nation with less than half of the American population going to any kind of place of worship, any church, temple, synagogue. They don’t know if there is a God, if there’s a heaven or a hell… this is to the spiritually, and I don’t mean this pejoratively, ignorant, they don’t know the Bible, they don’t know who God is. They don’t know if there is a God. And that’s over half of America.”

Boone said that God called him to write this book after he began researching the prominence and importance of the word “if” in the Bible.

“I learned there is no blessing of God that doesn’t come without an ‘if,’” he explained. “When God created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He gave them rule and reign over all creation but there was just one thing God told them not to do. They could eat from any tree in the garden, but if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they would surely die.”

The 88-year-old performer said that he hopes that his book would push people to reflect on their lives in light of what the Bible says about God and our existence.

“We are living a life now as a preparation for an eternal life,” he explained. “It’s a warm-up. And it’s also a test for where we’re going to spend eternity. We need to know who our Creator is, we need to know why we’re here. It’s all written out for us in plain English, through many translations of the Bible. It tells us where we came from, why we’re here, and where we’re going. However, the choice of where we’re going is our choice.”

“Jesus said, there is a way that leads to destruction and many there be who choose to walk there in a more difficult way and a narrow gate that leads to eternal life. and few there be who find it. Find that means search,” he added. “We’ve got to care enough about our eternal existence, to search for what it means to find that way that God has provided for us.

“He wants us to come and be with him. The big ‘if’ is what is your choice? You’re making it right now as we talk, so I’m asking you please, to read His Word. You can read this book and find out who God considers you to be. He loves you enough to have died for you and He wants you to come to Heaven. What’s your choice?”

Movieguide® recently sat down with Pat Boone for an interview about his long career in Hollywood and his focus on faith:

Boone, a previous Movieguide® Award winner, is best known for his appearances in classic movies like 1959’s JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH and STATE FAIR. The singer also earned credits for his work on famous movie soundtracks like 2006’s SUPERMAN RETURNS.

In recent years, the 88-year-old starred in THE MULLIGAN, a faith-based movie that promotes family, faith, and freedom; some of the cornerstones of Boone’s work.

“I’ve never made a movie that wasn’t G-rated,” Boone told Dr. Baehr. “They’ve been very successful. I know that G-rated films have a bigger potential audience, usually, which you’ve proven to me and to the industry, then all these X-rated, evil things that often cost millions and millions of dollars and they flop.”

“Meanwhile, G-rated films have a better chance, as I know, and you’ve proven of being seen by a lot of people and doing people good and preserving what I know is the reason that the movie industry in America was our greatest export,” he continued. “We exported to the world, a vision of America, that the rest of the world bought into back when all of our movies had happy endings. The good guys won, and the bad guys were punished. Pictures of American life were the envy of the world.”

Boone also commended the Movieguide® Awards for championing the industry’s most uplifting, faith-filled, and moral movies.

“You are holding up the standard for movies themselves, being what they were meant to be, pictures of life,” Boone explained. “[Movies] that cause people to be glad to be alive and not to be despondent and embarrassed to be part of the human race.”

“The more pro-faith they are, the better they do,” Dr. Baehr added. “Pro-faith movies last year, those movies did seven times more than movies that were anti-faith.If you’re pro-conservative values, faith and freedom and all the rest, you can make $90 million on average. Anti-faith and freedom you make like $11 million on average.”

Boone continued: “I consider the Movieguide® Awards the most important awards of any movie season. The Movieguide® Awards are just a light shining in what is becoming the gathering darkness I think, in the movie industry. A light that illuminates films that are themselves light, about the better parts of human nature, about how a family can grow and develop and be a wonderful family and succeed in our American society, which itself is becoming corrupted.

“It does spread the word and the light that good things can be rewarded. Good things can reap rewards.”

Boone concluded with a message of hope to filmmakers today.

“We can still tell good stories about good things that people can do,” he said. “And give hope, and a sense of well-being about a future that we can still have, if we will seek that light. If we will bathe ourselves in that light now.”

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