“Faith like Potatoes”… a movie review.

The other day my husband and I were walking through Stuff-Mart and as I always do, I glance over to see what new movies are out. You see, we don ‘t have cable or any other service that would allow us to be glued to the idiot box. Due to our location, even a good set of rabbit ears won’t work. Our idiot box is used as an output device for the dvd player.  Whether it be educational or just for fun that is all it is used for.

I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t tell you that I do on occasion watch a tv show online though.

I partially credit our elimination of the various cable services to the love my children have for reading and using their imagination. I will also admit that I am weak when it comes to television programs. I would be glued to the Home and Garden shows along with every food show there is to offer if we had cable service. I know me.

We make do and do quite well. We are picky parents. I am truly heartened to see the rise of faith based movies that are clean and yet still present life. It is possible to do so with “Facing the Giants” and “Fireproof” as two examples.

Back to Stuff-Mart…

I saw this movie and made a face. “Faith like Potatoes”? Hmmm…I wasn’t too sure about that. It just sounded…goofy sort of. I did read that it was based on a true story. I thought I would go home and check it out before blowing the $19.

I forgot about the movie until a couple days ago while reading my email. Tangle (formerly God Tube) had the trailers of this movie. Along with the trailer was a brief interview of Angus Buchan, the writer and main character of the story. It is based on the lives of Angus Buchan and his family. That sparked an interest so the next time at Stuff-Mart I bought the movie.

I suppose the first question would be whether or not I wasted $19?

No. Absolutely not! This is a wonderful story of one man’s journey to find his faith and how God used him. The story starts out in Zambia where the family farm is located.  Due to the political unrest and many of the  farmers being murdered, Angus sells his farm and takes his family to South Africa where they start anew.

This story if nothing else is a testament to God’s power. God is still on His throne and still moving in the lives of men. You just need a little faith. Faith enough to plant potatoes in the middle of a drought.

It is gripping, joyous, tearful, painful and uplifting. Before you know it, at least according to my children, the two hour movie is over with and we were left wanting more. My son wanted to know why the movie was so short. He said it sure didn’t seem like a two hour movie.

I did a no no due to the fact my children are on an electronic grounding. We needed a break and this was well worth me getting into trouble.


April 21, 2009 - Posted by | Just Life | , ,


  1. Thanks Ginger, I never realised the movie was available in the US. I heard all about it when we were in SA and we were going to watch it. Then Jenna died…and I was told the movie had some very sad parts, one involving a tractor… Things were too raw to watch it back then.

    Still, I had always wanted to get a copy to view later. I’m going to check my Stuffmart now.

    Comment by Sumi | April 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. Greetings. I have attended teh Mighty Men Conference hosted by Angus Buchan this past weekend and saw the movie was now available in the US. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed it. If ever you have the opportunity to listen to the man in person then grab the chance. It is inspiring and the best is that contrary to very critical media reviews by people in a country with free religion, this man is not praising himself or appealing for a personal following but appealing for a following for God. Do enjoy en tell your friends.

    Comment by johann | April 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hi! Thanks for your post. I haven’t actually seen the movie yet. I had read the book it’s based on almost 2 years ago and got to meet Angus. We’re friends with a family in the UK who are increasingly involved in that ministry. The story is moving and Angus is wonderful to talk to (as long as you do ok with accents). My husband and I were watching the Fireproof DVD when it came out. When we were cruising the special features we saw the trailer for Potatoes. I can’t wait to get a copy and see it. We hope to see Angus again some day.
    God bless!!
    Kit and Eric

    Comment by Kit | May 2, 2009 | Reply

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