Celebrity Second Chances, Chris Pratt Edition

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Last week, Jake Roberson told us about Tim Tebow’s storybook engagement to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. This week, we have another high-profile engagement to make note of: Chris Pratt’s announcement that he’ll be tying the knot with Katherine Schwarzennegger.

Now, you might think that we’ve run out of things to blog about since we’re publishing our second “engagement story” in four days. But no worries: We still have plenty of other stuff to cover.

Still, Chris Pratt’s announcement is newsworthy stuff, too, albeit for different reasons than Tebow’s. While Tebow has been one of the most eligible bachelors in Christendom for some time now, Pratt’s story has taken some painful turns en route to this announcement.

The 39-year-old star of the Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy movie franchises was married to actress Anna Faris for nine years before they divorced last October. Writing for Fox News, Focus on the Family vice president of communications Paul Batura said of that event:

From where I sit, reconciliation is always the ideal and should be the first response to marital discord. Divorce is a personal tragedy. … [But] rather than brew in bitterness, Chris Pratt has chosen to recommit his life to God [following his divorce]. There are indications he has confessed and owned up to his part of his failed marriage, a key to healing and a fresh beginning.

Pratt, of course, has talked quite a lot about God and his faith over the last couple of years. And he did so again in announcing this engagement, saying via Instagram, “Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!”

Chris Pratt’s marital story hasn’t been a perfect one. No doubt he and Anna Faris grieved deeply as their own marriage deteriorated. (Faris, for her part, graciously responded to the news of her ex-husband’s engagement on Instagram: “I’m so happy for you both! Congratulations!”)

But as Batura notes, “As a person of faith, I am grateful that God is the great giver of second chances.” He also adds, “Second acts are some of life’s most glorious and wonderful turns. It was the late author F. Scott Fitzgerald who once poignantly wrote that we should, ‘Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.'”

Chris Pratt’s story reminds us that God does indeed offer us grace and second chances, a new opportunity every day to “live boldly in faith” with those we love.

Who wrote this?

Adam R. Holz is a senior associate editor for Plugged In. He also writes for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine and has been a Boundless contributor. In his free time (which there is sometimes precious little of) Adam enjoys playing guitar and constructing LEGO kits with his son. Adam and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents, in fact, of three children, one boy and two girls.

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Anonymous 28 days ago
This actor should not be celebrated - in his last few movies (Jurassic World/Fallen Kingdom, Guardians of the Galaxy, Infinity Wars) he has been the one with the vocalized lines of taking the Lord's name in vain, bad language, as well as crude hand references.  I don't believe that 'being in character' should give the licence to do those above things. He's only a witness to  being a Christian that says, but doesn't do.  I realise we all struggle with that, but he's just too blatant about it. Hard not to be in Hollywood, but, no matter how funny this guy is, I can't even look at him let alone support his movies anymore.  .  
Lori Sabo 3 months ago
It would be an even stronger testimony if they waited until after they were married to move in together. 
Anonymous 3 months ago
Not trying to be a downer here, but according to the Bible, isn't it considered adultery if a husband and wife divorce on any grounds other then unfaithfulness, and then one of them marries someone else?

Now I don't know what all entailed the divorce, that's just my initial reaction.
-David The Clown 
Anonymous 3 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

You’re right, the Bible does say that, and I’m a little sad to see that Chris isn’t getting back together with his ex wife.

I’m not 100% informed on everything in Pratt’s life though, and it could be possible that his ex wife wasn’t faithful to him, so if he’s getting married again, I hope and pray that it’s for a good and Godly reason.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Yes. Exact same here. 
David The Clown
Anonymous 3 months ago

So, let me get this straight; we're praising an act of adultery?


- Nameless

Julienne Dy 3 months ago
I'm personally hoping that it's a little more complicated than that.  I don't feel right feeling happy about this either, but at the same time, I want to be cautiously optimistic that something good comes out of this.
Anonymous 3 months ago
That's almost as bad as being ok with the homosexual lifestyle.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Congrats to Owen/Starlord/Emmet!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 3 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

You mean Owen/Starlord/Emmet/Rex!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I'm sorry I forgot about Rex!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Lyn Chartowich 3 months ago
Aww that's so sweet!