The movie Fireproof debuted in theaters nationwide on Friday September 26, 1998. The much talked about film by churches all over the country starred Kirk Cameron, formerly from the hit sitcom Growing Pains. It was no surprise that the movie was a hit with the Christian audience; however it was quite shocking that it was a success throughout the entire country. Fireproof rocked box offices everywhere. Not only was the movie itself a total success, but the book, the Love Dare, which was introduced in the context of the film, rose to number one on the New York Times best seller list. Over three million copies were printed in twenty-three languages. Fireproof brings a very intimate and real problem to the surface that a lot of married couples face at some point during their marriage. The film made viewers contemplate what their marriage really means to them and what they are willing to do to save it.
Caleb Holt, Kirk Cameron, and his wife Catherine have been married for seven years. Their marriage may appear to be going alright, but on the inside everything is falling apart. They are both so caught up in their individual lives and careers that there is no closeness that they once felt. Arguments about finances, work, and housework are driving the couple farther and farther apart. Both Caleb and Catherine have become selfish and treat each other with absolutely no respect. It’s as if they are stranger’s living together in their own home.
Caleb, being a firefighter, lives by the motto “never leave your partner behind” (Fireproof). When it comes to his wife he fails to put his own words into action. Caleb has been venting to his partner at the fire station about his marital problems. His partner listened and
finally offered a small piece of advice; “A woman is like a rose. If you treat her right she blooms. If you treat her wrong she wilts.” (Fireproof).
Caleb and Catherine have both had enough and are ready to give up on their...