Kevin and Sam Sorbo: ‘Let There Be Light’ now playing in theaters

By Michael Hernandez

(Editor’s Note:  Sean Hannity is the executive producer of this faith film released Oct. 27 which stars actors Kevin and Sam Sorbo—a home school advocate along with two of their children.)

“Let There Be Light” brings a “ray of hope” as well as the “light of Christ” in the aftermath of the nation’s worst mass homicide in Las Vegas and the nation’s worse church shooting at a worship service Sunday in the rural community of Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Sam Sorbo on Sunday, urged Godspeak congregation members to support the “faith based” movie  that both Hollywood  and the mainstream media has ignored.

“What we’ve noticed,” Sam said, “is that women love this movie, but men like it even more, which is just astonishing to us, because it depicts the struggle men have with being under God’s authority and coming to terms with that, and coming to terms with fatherhood and with being a husband.  So it’s really resonating with men.  For women, this is the movie you take your husband, your boyfriend, your brother, your father, your son to, that they will thank you for afterward.  This is God’s work right here.”

Executive Producer Sean Hannity (a Fox TV anchor) stated his reasons for financing the film:  “Liberal Hollywood has increasingly moved the bar, making simple and honest films with solid faith and family values harder to find,” Sean Hannity told Variety Magazine.   “I felt compelled to start bringing quality films to the millions of forgotten Americans who want to see more of these heart-warming and entertaining stories that reflect our Judeo-Christian, all-American values.”

Kevin Sorbo’s 2014 film “God’s Not Dead” grossed $60 million domestically.  He and Sam Sorbo are the stars of “Let There Be Light.” The film also stars Dionne Warwick.  Atlas Distribution, a company run by John Aglialoro, the former Cybex C.E.O. who bankrolled and distributed the Atlas Shrugged movies is releasing the film in theaters.

“Let There Be Light” is the Best Picture winner of the Canadian International Faith and Family Film Festival (Sept. 18) in Toronto.   Hollywood screen writer Dan Gordon (Highway to Heaven) and Sam Sorbo co-wrote the script.

“Let There Be Light” is a family affair, not only starring Kevin and Sam Sorbo as the main actors but two of their three children as their sons in the story.  

In their personal lives, Kevin became a Christian early in life and Sam was raised Jewish until about 12.

“I went on a search for God in my early 20s, and ended up in church with a girlfriend, and that’s where Jesus found me,” Sam said.  “I came to belief in God from a very argumentative position.  I needed it proven.”  Before turning to modeling and acting, she studied biomedical engineering at Duke University and she’s fluent in five languages.   For more than three years, she hosted a daily national syndicated radio program “The Sam Sorbo Show” featuring discussions on current events and their impact on culture.

Sam met Kevin on the set of Hercules while playing Serena.   During their engagement, Kevin suffered three strokes and nearly died.  It took him about three years to recover.  Kevin’s 2011 book about his journey to recovery is called:  “True Strength:  My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal—and How Nearly Dying  Saved My Life.”

Sam homeschools her children is an outspoken advocate of the homeschooling movement and developing strong families.   Her two books are titled:  “YOUR Kids:  An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate” and “Teach From Love:  A School Year Devotional for Families.”

Kevin and Sam are co-writing:  “True Faith”—a book about the challenges of raising a family in an anti-Christian culture.


(Below is a two paragraph review of the feature film from Movie Guide: The Family Guide of Movies and Entertainment: https://www.movieguide.org/reviews/let-there-be-light.html)

 LET THERE BE LIGHT tells a story about an alcoholic atheist, Sol Harkins, mourning his dead son. Bitter and angry with God, Sol enjoys writing books mocking belief in God, especially Christianity. However, at a party for his new book, Sol becomes very drunk and, driving home, crashes his fancy car. Sol has a near-death experience where he sees his son alive and happy. His son repeatedly tells him, “Let there be light.” The experience eventually causes Sol to reconsider what he believes and how he acts.

 After a unique, risky beginning, LET THERE BE LIGHT gets better and better as the story unfolds. Kevin Sorbo delivers another charismatic performance as the troubled atheist. Kevin’s real-life wife, Sam, who had her own successful acting career going before working with Kevin on HERCULES, is a revelation as the atheist’s ex-wife. They have a natural onscreen chemistry. Best of all, LET THERE BE LIGHT ends up being an emotionally powerful, insightful, inspiring drama showing moviegoers that Jesus Christ enlightens all people and brings us abundant life and joy, even in the midst of death.

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“We’re such skeptics now,” Sam said.  “We’re taught that science knows everything, but there are a few things for sure:  death, taxes, and that fact that science gets it wrong—often.”

“The idea that science has eliminated God dominates college classrooms, as its portrayed in “God’s Not Dead.”  But atheism isn’t limited to college campuses.  It’s, so steeped in our Western culture and pervades every aspect of life.  While “God’s Not Dead” argues against atheism from an intellectual point of view, “Let There Be Light” tackles the issue by exploring death something that everyone—even atheists—know they will eventually face.”

“Let There Be Light” quotes Matthew 5:16 in the credits:   “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in West Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: hernandez.mike@aol.com

Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.


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