Go See “God Grew Tired of Us”

I've just seen the first film of the year that will be on my Favorites of 2007 list at the end of the year. God Grew Tired of Us tells a heartbreaking, awe-inspiring story, and it does so with energy, attentiveness, efficiency, and a surprising amount of humor. There is also a knockout punch at the end that will fill theaters with the smell of fresh tears. … [Read more...]

What’s Your Favorite Christian Radio Show? Favorite Christian Podcast?

What's your favorite Christian radio show? Favorite Christian podcast? … [Read more...]

“Bridge to Terabithia” and Author Katherine Paterson

Walden Media's upcoming adventure Bridge to Terabithia looks intriguing. I haven't read Paterson's work yet, but an interview she did for Books and Culture several years ago has stuck with me because of the passionate way she spoke about the role of the Christian artist... Access to the full article requires a subscription to the CT library (an investment that will reward you above and beyond your expectations, by the way). … [Read more...]

From Christianity Today‘s Review of "Through a Screen Darkly"

So... tonight I learned that Christianity Today reviewed Through a Screen Darkly three weeks ago, and I didn't know about it until today! How did I miss that? Kind of strange, considering I write for them. But, well... wow! Cool! Many thanks to Eric Miller for this generous, surprising review. Here are a couple of excerpts... … [Read more...]

A Conversation with Darren Aronofsky, Director of “The Fountain”

[This interview was originally published at Christianity Today on November 20, 2006.] In Darren Aronofsky's ambitious, unusual science fiction film The Fountain (opening Friday), a husband must come to terms with his wife's mortality. As Tom watches Izzy suffer the debilitating effects of a growing brain tumor, he leads a frantic scientific endeavor to find a cure. But she responds differently, chronicling her feelings in a historical novel about the queen of Spain. Both their daily … [Read more...]

Eugene Peterson’s "Eat This Book" … and Moviegoing

I am finding Eugene Peterson's Eat This Book to be a particularly inspiring meditation on our need to read, taste, chew, and digest the Bible.And along the way, I am thunderstruck by how often the points Peterson is making about how we should read scripture run parallel what I've tried to convey about how we should attend to art. I've just read a section on the power and essentiality of storytelling. (p. 40) Check this out: Honest stories respect our freedom; they don't manipulate us, … [Read more...]

Blog Sightings!

Mentions of Through a Screen Darkly are popping up online. I'm going to keep track of this, partly because I'm curious to see where the book lands, and what happens when it does. And, partly because... well... I wrote the book in hopes that it would inspire further conversation about the power of movies, the rewards of movies, and the dangers of movies. If that conversation's gonna happen, I want to be there. … [Read more...]

Musing About the Joy of Books

I'm hearing from folks all over the country that their copies of Through a Screen Darkly are arriving in the mail. Isn't it strange? You can write about anything on the Internet, and it can be read all over the world instantly. But if you put it on paper, and it takes days for it to arrive somewhere in the mail, suddenly everybody agrees that it's a reason to celebrate! The Internet is great, but as far as I'm concerned... books are still the best mode of reading. When you hold the book, … [Read more...]

A Piece of the Front Cover

Auralia's-Type

This is the work of an artist named Kristopher Orr. Wait until you see the illustration he's crafted that goes with it... … [Read more...]

Crosswalk’s Christian Hamaker on “Pan’s Labyrinth”

I went to see Pan's Labyrinth a second time last week, and was completely blown away. I nudged it up a notch on my Top 25 of 2006 (breaking the tie with Children of Men). And I'm considering bumping it up another step. It is magnificent. Anne (who I married partly because she has the most impressive fantasy-lit library I've ever seen, and she loves fairy tales more than almost any grownup I know) loved it too. And so did our good friend Wayne Proctor, with whom I've discussed the glories of … [Read more...]


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