Time magazine called Dallas televangelist T.D. Jakes "Oprah in a pulpit,"
but his folksy sermons about healing and his silky voice and attire more
accurately resemble a blend of Dr. Phil and Barry White. On break from saving
souls while stamping across stage in a flashy mustard-colored suit, Jakes now
stars as himself in this vanity project about a bearish preacher visiting an
African-American girl (Elise) on death row for murder. Whether the actors are
delivering earnest soliloquies directly to the camera or acting out the
overwrought melodrama, the film never once captures the gritty realism it