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Movies Are Prayers

Movies Are Prayers

How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings

by Josh Larsen

"This is one of the best books on film and theology I've ever read." —Brett McCracken, film critic for Christianity Today

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

Movies Are Prayers explores how modes of prayer—praise, confession, lament—are modeled by all types of films. In this fashion, the book illuminates the richness of both cinema and prayer.

Read an Excerpt

Read an Excerpt

Field of Dreams, in which Iowa stands in for heaven, depicts one man’s spiritual journey of prayerful obedience. Given a vision of a baseball diamond, Ray decides to build a full-scale field on his farm, complete with bleachers and lights.

Praise for

Praise for "Movies Are Prayers"

"There's a lot of writing on film and theology, but a perspective like Larsen's—fresh, insightful, and interesting for anyone—is a rare gift to cinephiles and more casual movie viewers alike." —Alissa Wilkinson, film critic, Vox.com

The Church of Cinema: A Q&A With Josh Larsen

The Church of Cinema: A Q&A With Josh Larsen

"I know what it means to read a psalm of lament in church, and often that is a powerful experience of prayer. But sometimes a movie that is lamenting the brokenness of the world can function in the same way - and be equally as powerful."

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Praying With Films: A Response to Josh Larsen's

Praying With Films: A Response to Josh Larsen's "Movies Are Prayers"

Bruce Epperly

Josh Larsen gets it! A committed Christian, he also sees divine inspiration in what appears, at first glance, to be challenging to faith.

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"Movies Are Prayers" by Josh Larsen

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