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Marissa MayerAug 9, 2022 12:00:00 AM2 min read

Discover What Inspired Jennifer Garner to Go Back to Church & Introduce Her Children to Her Faith

Actress Jennifer Garner recently made headlines for the great advice she has given her kids, counseling teenage daughters, Violet and Seraphina, on how to be comfortable and thrive in their own skin.

“My beauty advice is always the same: Look in the mirror less, obsess less, and look at the rest of the world to see what you could be using your time for instead,” Garner explained in a recent interview. “We all look at our faces more than people used to, and it doesn’t do you any good.”


Garner’s words seemingly echo those from 1 Peter, which encourages women to measure themselves according to their inner beauty, not their appearance.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. – 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)

Since starring in the hit television show “Alias” in the early 2000s, not to mention a memorable slate of romantic comedies, Garner has shined in making increasingly family-friendly fare. Her most recent hits include “Yes Day,” which was released in 2021, and “Miracles from Heaven,” which will be available on Pure Flix for a limited time starting August 15th!

The 2016 favorite tells the true story of how a young girl with a rare stomach disease falls headfirst 30 feet into a hollowed-out tree. She is eventually rescued without a scratch and reveals that she went to heaven while she was unconscious and met Jesus, who healed her.

Garner plays the girl’s mom, Christy, and making the faith film impacted the Emmy and Golden Globe-winner in some powerful ways, including bringing the actress back to church after a lengthy absence and sharing her faith with her kids.

“I think I had become complacent in raising my children, almost as though (I thought) they were going to receive the ground beneath their feet that heaven had given me through osmosis," Garner, who was raised in the Methodist Church, admitted in 2016.

The actress decided to broach the topic with her children and was shocked when they responded that they wanted to go to church.

“I immediately looked up the local United Methodist church. We went there next Sunday, and it turned out to be the perfect environment. We've gotten so much from it; it's like a gift Christy gave me."

If you haven’t seen “Miracles from Heaven,” you definitely won’t want to miss this incredible story and powerful testimony of how God is always working—even in the midst of chaos and the unexpected.

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H/T: MovieGuide

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Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her work has been featured in Christian Post, The Daily Signal, and Intellectual Takeout. Mayer has a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Arizona State University.