To call this a "film" would almost be unfair, because it's a compilation of interviews. But just like the best of films, you find in Be Still a plot (and subplots) and engaging dialogue and interesting characters. The idea behind the film is to get to the heart of one of the most misunderstood aspects of the Christian faith. Meditation, called here contemplative prayer, is often mentioned in the Bible. But when someone talks about it today a vague uneasiness enters the air. It brings at best images of monks locked away in some monastary, and at its worst it is associated with Eastern mysticism. Either of these images is unfair, for when properly used meditation can be a central way to make yourself available for God to work in your life.
Be Still is aimed at the layperson who is interested in the idea of contemplative prayer but doesn't know where to start. Through interweaving interviews with a vast array of experts, the film provides an excellent overview of the subject including a great introduction to lectio divina or sacred reading, which for centuries was a central discipline practiced by Christians of all stripes.
What makes this film so effective is the sheer diversity of interviewees. From Dallas Willard and Richard Foster to Max Lucado and Beth Moore, there is someone for you to identify with, no matter what your spiritual marinade. While each is coming from a different angle, the film is brilliantly edited along subject lines so that the speakers are picking up on each others' thought and propelling the storyline forward.
I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to enrich their prayer life, no matter what your background. I first watched this via Netflix, but I plan to purchase (at least) a copy so I can share it with others. I think that is one of the secrets of this type of prayer: while you could practice it alone to wonderful results, it really comes alive when practiced in a group setting. I could see this being a tremendous tool for small groups.
Oh, and if the narrator's voice sounds vaguely familiar, that would be none other than actor Judge Reinhold. He and his wife were responsible for creating this wonderful film. Well done, guys...