Lifetime Movie Twist Of Faith: Is It Just Me, Or Was That Jesus?

Twist of Faith

You guys, I think I might have witnessed the second coming of Jesus Christ in the new Lifetime movie Twist of Faith. Or at least that’s who Lifetime was trying to tell me he was.

Maybe it’s just the conspiracy theorist in me who sped through The Da Vinci Code as a teenager. Maybe it’s just the fact that I sat through way too many high school English classes where students tried to claim that everyone from Holden Caulfield to Harry Potter was a Christ figure. Or maybe, just maybe, Lifetime knows Jesus.

Twist of Faith is just your typical film about murder, adultery, racism, religion, homelessness, attempted rape, gun violence, divorce, and singing! It stars Toni Braxton as Nina, a single mom who lives right next to her community church in Alabama. A man named Jacob (David Julian Hirsh) wanders into town like “a pile of scraps … a leaf in the wind” (his words). Yeah, yeah, we get it, and a plastic bag dancing in the breeze was the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. Jacob doesn’t reveal much about himself, but we know the truth.

Jacob used to be a Jewish cantor in Brooklyn. His wife looks a lot like Jennifer Connelly — meaning he’s not going to end up with her, because she always gets the shaft in everything she’s in (see: Little Children, He’s Just Not That Into You). In this case, it’s not because of Jacob, but rather because a mentally unstable man kills her and their three children on a bus. We knew it was going to happen because right before that Jacob’s daughter blew him a kiss through the bus window and said she loved him.

Jacob goes through all the stages of grief: walking down the street in slo-mo, refusing to speak, sleeping outside churches, whittling blocks of wood, and being too upset to eat his sandwich. Nina is reluctant to take him in, but her son Asher and her Uncle Moe tell her, “Matthew 25,” to which she replies, “Don’t be Matthew 25-in’ me!” and to which I replied, “I have no idea what that is.” Neither does Nina, apparently, because she has to look it up (mostly for the purpose of teaching heathens like me). They accept Jacob into their lives, and Nina starts trying to figure out who he is.

This is where the Jesusy stuff starts coming into play. Nina keeps a notepad on which she jots down, in very large, neat handwriting we can all read, some things she notices about Jacob. The first two items on the list: carpenter, religious. Okay, seriously? A Jewish carpenter who’s religious and whose name starts with J? You’re not fooling me, Lifetime! I know that’s Jesus!

Nina and Jacob come together to work on a song for an upcoming choir competition that the church has been struggling to practice for. Gee, an important project with a deadline that our characters have to deal with. Never, ever, ever seen that in a Lifetime movie before.

They of course win the contest after Nina very poorly lip-syncs to her own voice (should have hired Beyonce), and she and Jacob start falling for each other. But both the romance and the Jesus connections really blossom when Jacob saves the church from drunken racists who spray paint the walls in no particular design and try to assault Nina. As the pastor says afterward, “He was sent by God to be in this place.” Just. Like. Jesus.

I always thought OWN would be the network that would reintroduce us to Jesus. But I guess Lifetime makes sense, too. I mean, how else would they give us so many cinematic gifts from God if they didn’t know Jesus?

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    • Valrelyn Heard

      I viewed the movie as the story of Moses and Zephora, David was in the wilderness, he was found by Asher ( means happy and blessing) her uncle was name Moe ( means to love; God’s helmet; saviour”. Moe is also short for Mose. The name Nina ( means favor and grace) and the name David (means beloved or friend) its all based on the bible and yes Jesus is used in the story. If you are big bible and research nut you will know there are a lot of metaphors used in the move. Its not as complex as everyone wants it to be. Its the book of Exodus is the main theme.

      • Kara Miller

        Oh my you has a point good research

    • Terrylee Quilter

      Twisted Faith with Toni Braxton.Emotional but to see it again.

    • Raina

      This sounds like an interesting movie and I can’t wait to watch. It sounds like it has a little of everything, from romance to church life. Not to mention, Toni Braxton is one of my favorite
      singers and actors. I’ll be at work at DISH when this is on so I’ll be recording this movie. I
      have my DISH Hopper set up to record it so that my roommates and I will be able to record up to six programs at once. This way no one will miss their favorite programs.

    • neasasd

      what is the song called?

      • HS

        Beautiful movie watched twice and enjoyed it. Love, love, love the song…it should be made into a single.

      • Kara Miller

        yes u right i wants the name of the song

    • momma C

      I have watched this movie over & over it touches my spirit each time I watch it, i so much would love to have the song title for our church choir.

    • Ruben

      Awesome Toni Braxton the anointing never leave us God is always with us keep your eyes on him walk with him and he will walk with you.

    • Cbalducc

      Despite Twist of Faith’s down-home Southern feel, it was actually filmed in “Sweet Home Canabama”!

    • LoveThisMovie

      I have watched it three times already. Yeah, there are some corny over the top scenes like that contest, but I would much rather see this than some of the other garbage on television. Not to mention the kid was a good actor and the guy who played Jacob had a little swag.

      • Kara Miller

        Girl lil swag Jacob was off the chain! I could love a man like Jacob

    • Sue sue

      I LoVED this movie!!!!!!!! I have watched this at least four times!!! One for ignoring racial typecast and the courage for showing it!!!! It made me cry each time!!!

    • Justine

      I didn’t get the impression they were trying to make him Jesus like in any way. He was just a man who suffered a tragic loss and found a way with which to cope. I was surprised that Nina turned out to have cheated on her ex-husband. The scene where he tries to fix her up and her reaction made me think he’d hurt her instead of the other way around. She didn’t seem that devout of a Christian either since she questioned why people referred to the Bible scriptures so often. It seemed more of a newbie question. This movie brought up a lot of potential conflicts, including what constitutes the proper mourning period, without having the two leads engage in any discussion about them. I liked that they kept to the love trumps all formula and didn’t try to weigh it down by delving into those issues. I loved the oh so predictable ending (plus it was given away in the previews).

      • Kara Miller

        First of all only Jesus could cope with a lost like that..When u say she didn’t seems devoted as a christian u right because a christian walk by faith and not by sight eg. When she saw Jacob laying by the church rather than she going to help him she start thinking all sought of negativity about Jacob.Thats her moving by sight.Other than that good

    • Suz

      I just watched this movie and loved it. Where can I buy the dvd, I only buy movies I know I will watch more than three times.

      • Kara Miller

        I like that i does the same thing

    • Kara Miller

      I love the movie Twist of Faith. I’ve watch it over and over and was really touch by the song Toni Braxton and Jacob song in the church choir . I would really love to get the Title for that song.It’s so amazing how GOD”S moves!

    • Marilyn MzIncredible Roebuck

      when will you show the movie twist of faith again, i think it a great movie and i would love to see it again, could you email me back with an answer, my email address is, thanks

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