Then there’s Steph, who grew up in a seemingly good family with its own set of problems. While playing with her friends, she would find herself separated from them, and one of the neighbor boys would pull her aside and sexually molest her. He then physically threatened Steph if she ever told her parents the truth. He would then make himself present in her life and appear on different occasions to just keep that memory alive.
Steph would then go on to find herself involved in toxic relationships and marriages. She saw herself as worthless and eventually attempted to commit suicide. Both James and Steph would find their way to wholeness, and the way the two lives connect in the end caught me off guard… I should have figured it out, though.
The documentary now takes the parallel tracks of James and Steph’s story and inserts the expert testimonials to show how their stories are not uncommon to many of us. It also shows the moments their self-perceptions became skewed, and then guides them to the path of mental, emotional, and relational wholeness.
“If you’re having issues of self-esteem, feel suicidal, or feel like your life has hit a brick wall, it couldn’t hurt to watch…”
Perception: Seeing is Not Believing is a professionally produced self-help/motivational video. The interviews, clips, and re-enactments are of high quality, and the overall tone is upbeat and positive. Again, just the fact that they ask for no money, and you can walk away from watching it without expecting a phone call from a “partner,” only adds to its credibility.
I should also make it clear that I think what is said is well-intentioned and sounds helpful; this is by no means an endorsement by me or Film Threat. Watch at your discretion. I can say that I’ve spent much of my life debunking Christian healers, preachers, and miracle workers always to be skeptical with messages of quick fixes and overnight healing, both mental and physical. The money to be made is enormous, and the exploitation of victims is equally repugnant.
Skepticism aside, I know that finding healing from life’s trauma is a lifelong process, and anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something. Also, having worked intimately with individuals like James and Steph, their journey to healing is very familiar and worth hearing.
Again, this is not an endorsement of Powerful U by any means. If you’re having issues of self-esteem, feel suicidal, or feel like your life has hit a brick wall, it couldn’t hurt to watch Perception: Seeing is Not Believing. Like me, I always go in with a healthy dose of skepticism and glean what nuggets of wisdom I can find. There is wisdom to be found here.
"…healing from life’s trauma is a lifelong process, and anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something."