A frankly evangelical vehicle based on the Reverend TD Jakes' book and play of the same title, both in turn rooted in his ministries, this grim fable follows an abused woman as she travels the path of poverty, violence and exploitation to faith and self-acceptance. It opens with a literal bang: Michelle Jordan (Kimberly Elise) walks into a revival meeting and shoots someone dead. Sometime later, the Reverend Jakes (as himself) visits Michelle on death row, where she fills the empty hours building intricate miniature houses out of matchsticks. Jakes guides Michelle through the story of her life's many wrong turns. Sassy Cassey Jordan (Loretta Devine) feels burdened by...