TV star brings marriage event to Cumming

“Love Worth Fighting For” to be filmed in Forsyth Oct. 14

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CUMMING, Ga. — Actor Kirk Cameron, best known for his part on the TV show “Growing Pains,” has taken on a new passion.

For the past eight years, Cameron, along with singer/songwriter Warren Barfield, has been traveling across the country hosting marriage seminars for hundreds of thousands of people in more than 250 cities.

Now, the show “Love Worth Fighting For” is stopping in Cumming at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at First Redeemer Church for a three-hour program.

Tickets are $22.50 for general admission and $50 for VIP, which includes seating in a special section, access to the VIP-only autograph session and a pre-event question and answer session with Cameron.

The actor came up with the idea several years ago after being in the movie “Fireproof,” where the main character’s marriage was not working out. Eventually, the character’s father showed him how to win back his wife’s heart and at the same time motivated Cameron.

“It was a really inspiring movie,” Cameron said. “So many people loved it that we decided to expand the movie into a three-hour, live, interactive experience for people, called ‘Love Worth Fighting For.’ We teach the audience how to strengthen and fireproof their marriage.”

The program revolves around discussing the everyday American couple and seeks to help reverse divorces and struggling marriages.

Through comedic stories, life experiences, music and prayer, Cameron and Barfield reach out to single people, couples contemplating marriage, newlyweds and couples who have been married for years.

“It’s a great time for couples to get away from the distractions of barking dogs, notifications on our phones and TV and just be together,” Cameron said.

The actor looks back fondly on his days with “Growing Pains” and is still active in the acting industry by making documentaries and films, but it’s not where his primarily interest.

“I love to act but it’s not my first passion,” he said. “I would say teaching and helping people in a faith and family category would be more of a passion than acting and playing make believe.”

Although the event has been running for nearly a decade, Cameron said there is always something new to talk about, work on daily and teach the audience.

“Marriage never gets out of style or irrelevant,” Cameron said. “People are always looking for help. I’ve been married for 26 years, and my marriage could be better. We go from city to city and are able to talk about the things that are essential to a strong and healthy marriage.”

Part of doing that is focusing on one’s faith, which the event includes.

“Faith is at the heart and soul of it,” Cameron said. “With something as sacred as marriage, I believe a strong and healthy marriage has to have a spiritual component. There is a faith element that is critical to make your marriage blossom, flourish and work.”

Faith plays a large part in Cameron’s own life in every way, he said. Growing up, he didn’t go to church and was an atheist. He became a born-again Christian at 17.

Now that he’s older, married for 26 years and the father to six children, he said he realized marriage and parenting comes with instructions.

“I’m so thankful for that because we could all use some help with marriage and family,” Cameron said. “Life comes with instructions. My faith has helped as a moral compass, map and guide to help me navigate through life.”

He hopes the event will give insight to people because often, unlike say, getting a driver’s license, marriage doesn’t require a test before you do it.

“Something far more important and influential is the fact people are getting married and raising children and you don’t have to take any classes or pass a test to do that,” Cameron said. “Having something like ‘Love Worth Fighting For’ is an opportunity for people to get wisdom from those who’ve gone before them.”

For more information about the “Love Worth Fighting For” tour or to order tickets, visit loveworthfightingfor.com.


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