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PERCEPTION ISN'T REALITY
                        BUT A FATHER'S LOVE IS

PERCEPTION ISN'T REALITY
                        BUT A FATHERS LOVE IS

Benjamin Bernard has always wanted to be the favorite son, but his brother, Luke, is loved more, or so he perceives. After all, Luke is a soccer player and it's his father's, Daniel's, favorite sport. To cope with his anger and resentment, Benjamin becomes a mixed-martial arts fighter. After a life-changing event, one brother must now fight not only for his life, but also for his relationship with his brother, his friends, family, and God. One brother is healed physically and the other is transformed spiritually. This family film explores love, forgiveness, loss, healed relationships, and, ultimately, the realization that we are all God's Favorite.  The Favorite hits theaters this September.

PERCEPTION ISN'T REALITY
                        BUT A FATHERS LOVE IS

Benjamin Bernard has always wanted to be the favorite son, but his brother Luke is loved more or so he perceives. He might perceive this because, Luke is a soccer player, and it's his father, Daniel's, favorite sport. To cope with his anger and resentment Benjamin became a mixed martial arts fighter.After a life changing event one brother now must fight not only for his life, but his relationship with his brother, his friends, family, and God. One brother is healed physically and the other is transformed spiritually. In this family dynamic, they experience love, forgiveness, loss, healed relationships, and ultimately the realization that we are all God's Favorite.  

PERCEPTION ISN'T REALITY
                        BUT A FATHERS LOVE IS

Benjamin Bernard has always wanted to be the favorite son, but his brother Luke is loved more or so he perceives. He might perceive this because, Luke is a soccer player, and it's his father, Daniel's, favorite sport. To cope with his anger and resentment Benjamin became a mixed martial arts fighter.After a life changing event one brother now must fight not only for his life, but his relationship with his brother, his friends, family, and God. One brother is healed physically and the other is transformed spiritually. In this family dynamic, they experience love, forgiveness, loss, healed relationships, and ultimately the realization that we are all God's Favorite.  

The Story Behind The Favorite

INSPIRATION
March 9, 2013 Luke Bernard was in a near fatal car acci-dent. He entered L.A. County Hospital with barely a pulse. He had a GCS of 3 with dilated and fixed pupils, and had a zero chance of survival. The neurosurgeon performed emergency surgery. A 4 x 5 inch piece of his skull was needed to be removed allowing the damaged brain to swell. Doctors removed two blood clots on his brain. He had two broken vertebrae in his neck and back, as well as facial and rib fractures. Thousands were mobilized to pray for complete recovery. Luke had a miraculous recovery, returning home to Florida after six weeks in the hospital.

DREAM BECOMES MOVIE
Two months after returning home, Luke had a crani-alplasty to replace his skull. Those with brain trauma typically have insomnia. Luke was no exception. How-ever, one evening he had a deep sleep and God gave him a dream. The next morning, he was excited that he had slept and told his parents about the dream. His parents encouraged him to write the dream down, believing it would be good for his rehab. One month and 90 pages later, Luke had written the first draft of The Favorite. Six months prior to this, Luke was relearning to write his name.

ABOUT THE FIM
The Favorite is about two brothers. One brother, Luke, is a star college soccer player converging on a pro career. The other brother, Benjamin perceives his brother is the favorite. Soccer is his father’s favorite sport. Ben pursues MMA fighting in hopes to win his father’s favor.

The two brothers reluctantly are on a double date. A car accident oc-curs. One brother suffers the same injuries as Luke Bernard. The mi-raculous recovery is also depicted. Through a series of events, Benja-min realizes that his perceptions of favoritism were wrong and recon-ciles with God, his father and brother.

The Cast

John Schneider

Daniel

Mollee Gray

Ashley

Tyron Woodley

Nick

Luke Bernard

Benjamin

Matthew Fahey

Luke

Amye Gousset

Kathy

Castille Landon

Julia

Robby Stahl

Michael

Justin Kucsulaih

Paul

Uriah Hall

Sam

Jeff Hardy

Conner

Michelle Feliciano

Rebbeca

Hudson Harris

Young Luke

Andrew Coch

Young Ben

Mark Harris

Phillip

Pastor Randy Morris

Pastor Randy

PHOTOS

Endorsements

"Luke shares his story of tragedy and healing with a focus on God's love and grace.  No matter your background in life, you can find yourself connected to his story!  You will be blessed."

- Sam Hamby, Pastor

Hiawassee United Methodist Church

Resources

The Favorite Top 10

21 Days to pray for the lost.

A way to talk to God about your friends and family, before you talk to them about God. This prayer evangelism tool is a 21 day devotional with prayers and Scripture to help you pray for those who do not know Jesus.

Journey Through the Valley

We are all on life's journey, each starting and finishing at different times.  The journey has many adventures, opportunities, and mountaintop experiences as well as valleys.  The valleys, or low points, in our lives can knock the wind out of our sails, and our lives can feel like they have come to a standstill, or even a downward spiral.  But there is hope in the midst of those valleys:. God is still present. This book is based on a blog composed by Luke's mother, Kathy, during a deep personal valley when her son was in a near-fatal car accident.  Kathy's blog was used to inform many of Luke's progress.  But Luke's family also had a lot of time to reflect, read God's Word, pray, and sing songs by his bedside.  Eventually, Kathy's blog became more than a status report.  It was a special time where God ministered to Luke's family through the encouragement of individuals, scriptures, songs, and poems.  Through the years, people have asked to read Kathy's blog and for her to put it into a book.  Here, she shares her family's story to encourage those going through a personal valley.  Come share their journey.

The Favorite

Based on the real experiences of Luke Bernard and his physical and spiritual transformation, told through the life of two brothers. The Favorite is the story of a distanced and agitated son, hurt by what he perceives as favoritism, who vents his anger through fighting. Will he injure the very people he loves most? Or, will he find healing before it's too late?

The Favorite Workbook

This workbook is intended to assist readers in understanding where God stands when it comes to favoritism. This 6- week study is to help those who have been hurt learn to reconcile differences and find answers.