Jill Duggar didn’t get to watch many popular movies while living at home with her parents, but the missionary was recently treated to one of the weekend’s biggest box office successes.
And no, Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, didn’t show their love for N.W.A. (Northwest Arkansas) by checking out Straight Outta Compton. Instead, Derick’s mom helped the missionary couple make the most out of their quick visit by taking them to see War Room, a Christian movie about using prayer to solve problems.
“My mom took us to see ‘War Room’ last night!” Derick captioned the photo below. “Thank you for praying for her health; she’s doing great! We’re back in the U.S. for a little while.”
According to Us Weekly, Jill Duggar’s mother-in-law won a tough battle with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year. However, War Room isn’t about fighting a disease — it’s about marital issues. The Wrap reports that the faith-based film will likely win Labor Day weekend by raking in an estimated $13.6 million at the box office.
The movie likely struck a chord with Jill Duggar because of its focus on a couple’s marital woes. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Jill’s older brother, Josh Duggar, recently admitted to cheating on his wife of seven years. The husband in War Room also develops an interest in a woman who is not his wife, but this isn’t his only flaw — he’s also a criminal who is neglectful and selfish. To try to save her marriage, the wife creates a prayer room, or “war room,” where she goes to pray for her husband. Spoiler alert: Her prayers are answered.
Interestingly, Jill Duggar’s parents have a similar room in their own home. However, they call it the “prayer closet.” In the book Growing Up Duggar, Jill and her sisters explained what the room was used for.
“Mom and Dad don’t just say, ‘You can talk to us anytime,’ and leave it at that,” the girls wrote. “In addition to daily striving to keep up with our hearts, they also set aside time—usually on one Saturday a month—specifically for heart-to-heart family time. It’s a dedicated time when each of us kids, one after another, spends time with them talking one-on-one, typically either in their bedroom or in the room we call our prayer closet.”
Jim Bob Duggar is probably wishing that he’d thought about making a movie about a prayer closet first. However, not all the reviews of War Room have been positive. The Guardian gave it one star and criticized it for victim-blaming.
“Is your husband a self-centered jerk? Does he ignore your needs, pay no attention to your adorable daughter, scold you for giving financial help to your troubled sister? Does he have a wandering eye and come dangerously close to committing adultery? Is he embezzling from his job? Well, you should know that it’s all your fault. When you find his behavior upsetting and take him to task you are only protracting the struggle. What you need to do is surrender, go in the closet and pray.”
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard didn’t just leave Central America to watch a movie that encourages women like Anna Duggar to deal with a bad marriage by trying to pray a bad husband’s problems away. According to People, the couple came back to Arkansas to attend the wedding of Jill’s rebellious cousin, Amy Duggar. Hopefully, she won’t ever have to spend any time in a “war room.”
[Image credit: Dillard Family Website]