God Bless the Broken Road
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God Bless the Broken Road is a 2018 American Christian drama film directed by Harold Cronk. A loose interpretation of the 1994 song Bless the Broken Road, the plot follows a mother who loses her husband in the War in Afghanistan and must cope with the loss. The film stars Lindsay Pulsipher, Makenzie Moss, Andrew Walker, Kim Delaney, Robin Givens, Gary Grubbs, Arthur Cartwright, LaDainian Tomlinson, Madeline Carroll, Ian Van Houten, and Jordin Sparks. It was released in the United States on September 7, 2018, by Freestyle Releasing.

Plot summary

The film tells the story of a young mother named Amber Hill who loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to raise their young daughter Bree in his absence. She meets a race car driver named Cody Jackson who helps to restore her faith.

After the death of her husband in Afghanistan, his surviving spouse loses her faith and puts his last unopened letter in her Bible. Amber Hill continues to send her daughter Bree to church. The mother and daughter struggle as Amber is a waitress at a Kentucky diner called Rosie s . Amber rejects help from her mother-in-law Patti and many others. The bills pile up and she receives a foreclosure notice on her home. Her daughter gets a mustard seed in Sunday school and plants it and even names it Matt.

Cody Jackson, a race car driver, takes interest in Amber and helps her daughter build a go-cart. The Pastor, the choir ladies, and disabled Mike all try to encourage her to come back to church. The seed of faith remains in her heart. Amber wants to raise her daughter on her own. Patti the mother-in-law sees Amber s wedding rings are missing. While babysitting, she finds a stack of bills. Amber assures Patti things are under control.

Amber starts to date Cody and her daughter really likes him. Her mother never likes to talk about her dead dad. Bree feels all alone while her Mom copes with her own grief and low paying job. They go to one of Cody s races and he is in an accident. Cody s accident is too much for Amber and she forbids Bree to see him. Bree runs away and when found says she wants to live with her grandmother. Amber prays for an answer.

Wheelchair-bound Mike Nelson tells Amber about how her husband saved his life. His last words were: You are loved more than you will ever know. Mike gives her a cross that Darren had made from IED scraps. Amber, Bree and Patti go to Darren s grave and read his last letter together. Bree wins the go kart race. Cody wins a race at Berlin Speedway. Amber returns to church and is singing Bless the Broken Road. A new mustard seed labeled Faith is seen growing in the window.


  • Lindsay Pulsipher as Amber Hill
  • Makenzie Moss as Bree Hill
  • Andrew Walker as Cody Jackson
  • Kim Delaney as Patti Hill
  • Robin Givens as Karena Williams
  • Gary Grubbs as Joe Carter
  • Arthur Cartwright as Mike Nelson
  • LaDainian Tomlinson as Pastor Williams
  • Madeline Carroll as Hannah
  • Jordin Sparks as Bridgette
  • Ian Van Houten as David
  • Adam Agee as Johnson
  • Patrika Darbo as Rosie
  • Gianna Simone as Monica
  • Cody Coughlin as Himself
  • Micah Tyler as Himself


Much of the cast, including Kim Delaney and Jordin Sparks, signed on in May 2016. Principal photography on the film began in the Spring of 2016 in West Michigan, and it received a state tax credit of $2.7 million. LaDainian Tomlinson joined the cast in January 2017. Some racing scenes for the movie were recorded at Berlin Raceway.


Box office

In the United States and Canada, God Bless the Broken Road was released on September 7, 2018 alongside The Nun and Peppermint, and was projected to gross $2–4 million from 1,235 theaters in its opening weekend. However, it ended up debuting to just $1.4 million, finishing 11th at the box office.

Critical response

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 17% based on 12 reviews, and an average rating of 4/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 31 out of 100, based on six critics, indicating generally unfavorable reviews . Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of A on an A+ to F scale.

Year 2018
ReleaseDate 2018-09-07
RuntimeMins 111
RuntimeStr 1h 51min
Plot While grieving the loss of her husband, a financially struggling widow meets a race car driver.
Directors Harold Cronk
Writers Jennifer Dornbush, Harold Cronk, Andy Fraser
Stars Matthew Derek Davis, Arthur Cartwright, Adam Agee
Produced by Stephen Afendoulis,Matt Cook,Janna Daniel,Troy Duhon,Andy Fraser,Gary Lewis,Shelly Newman,Jeremy Page,Katie Politanoff,Dustin Solomon,Edgar Struble,Tracy Thomas
Music by Will Musser
Cinematography by Philip Roy
Film Editing by Jesse Daniel
Casting By Pam Dixon
Production Design by James R. Cunningham
Art Direction by Jeff Staebler
Costume Design by Susan Barnard
Makeup Department John Bailey,Brittany Carter,Brittany Cartwright,Jessica Moss,Pavy Olivarez,Keleigh Palladino
Production Management Eddie Rubin
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Jordan Champine,Joth Riggs,Kaelin Stockwell,Thomas Zellen
Art Department Brian De Young,Jen Horling,Bethany Horning,Sean Johnston,Trevor Post,Emily B. Taylor,Amber Tittle,Dan Tooman
Sound Department Trip Brock,Rob Embrey,K. Joshua Fernberg,Caleb Hollenback,Alexander Jongbloed,Randy Lawson,Jordan McClain,Dustin Pero,Sasa Slogar,Brett Sorensen,Bruce Stubblefield,Michael Toji,Kelly Vandever,Ben Whitver
Visual Effects by Robert Crisp,Janna Daniel,Jesse Daniel,Les Galusha,Daniel Saldivar,Nick Siebold,Dustin Solomon,Jami Solomon
Stunts Ele Bardha,Bradford Fanfalone,James Fierro,Mike Fierro,Dan Lemieux,Kelli Victoria Scarangello,Terry Van Haitsma,Rikki VanHorssen
Camera and Electrical Department Sebastian Boada,Jordan Bradley,Joshua Robert Coté,Shawn Cragin,Lyndsay Cwiertniewicz,Tommy Daguanno,Brad Fanfalone,Josh Ficken,Corey Gipperich,Jonathon Gray,Chad Ice,Sloan Inns,Dan Irving,Henry Bourne Joy IV,Bryan Kimbel,Christopher Mcleod,Anton Miasnikov,Chris Miller,Lance Mokma,Ryan Moran,Sean Mouton,Bryan Papierski,Matthew Poertner,Marc-Antoine Serou,George Sharick,Scott Smith,Cory James Taylor,Jeff Urbanowicz
Casting Department Mary Louise Gemmill,Sabrina Petkus,Bernie Van De Yacht
Costume and Wardrobe Department Christine Engwall,Leanna Engwall,Casey Granada,Carly Heathcote,Jane Scott
Editorial Department Janna Daniel,Griffith Davies,Nicholas Lareau,Dustin Solomon,Brandee Wyse
Location Management Alex Keson,Scott G. Sanders
Music Department Kyle Garber
Script and Continuity Department Ben Barker
Transportation Department Vincent Smiertelny II
Additional Crew Shiro Akehi,Lisa Alfelt,Michael Barnes,Taylor Bouwens,Kendra Brooks,Kara Bunbury,Decarlo Burris,Kurt Delia,Judy Diethelm,Michelle Erffmeyer,Andrew Furstenberg,Susan Haley,Molly Hebeler,Diane Howard,Angela Johnson,Mara Jones,Emory Maginnis,Josiah March,Danni McClellan,Megan O Brien,Brandon Patterson,Ken Price,Lupe Rangel,Sheena Ross,Vickie Smith,Matthew Smutek,Ryan Stinson,Tamaryn Tobian,Lily Tong
Genres Drama, Family, Romance
Companies 10 West Studios, A Really Good Home Pictures
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating PG
ImDbRating 5.6
ImDbRatingVotes 1105
MetacriticRating 31
Keywords five word title,loss of faith,afghanistan war,foreclosure,pawning one's wedding ring