Actor Kristoffer Polaha, whose ever-growing resume has included appearances in “Mad Men,” “Stalker” and “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?,” among a plethora of other TV shows and films, is a rarity in Hollywood; he’s a Christian who has stuck closely to his faith and values. Polaha, who stars in the new film “Where Hope Grows,” recently told The Church Boys podcast about his life-long relationship with God — and the terrifying, bizarre and life-altering moment that brought him closer than ever to the Lord. “I always grew up with a real sense of God,” he said of his younger years.

It was during his junior year of high school, though, that Polaha said his faith changed dramatically. At the time, he was meeting girls who found him attractive and picking up leads in school plays; by all accounts, his life was moving in a positive direction. “I remember praying specifically one day in the fall, and I said, ‘Lord, I want to know if this is you acting in my life or if this is me. And I’m just not going to pray for six months,’” Polaha recalled. “And I took this sabbatical from praying, which ended up being this six-year journey of it being, I call it my ‘wilderness journey,’ just kind of lost in the wilderness.” FULL REPORT