Archives for June 2007

Tarkovsky’s Top Ten

At Soul Food Movies, Ron Reed rediscovers Andrei Tarkovsky's top ten movies. Wow. That's a must-see list for all serious cinephiles. Having just seen The Sacrifice, the prominence of Bergman doesn't surprise me. If I hadn't known that The Sacrifice was a Tarkovsky film, I might have thought it was Bergman paying tribute to Tarkovsky rather than the other way around... … [Read more...]

An English Professor Reports on Using “Through a Screen Darkly” in the Classroom

Many thanks to Christine Chaney, Ph.D., in the Department of English at Seattle Pacific University, for sharing these kind words... Jeffrey Overstreet's Through A Screen Darkly was a remarkably compelling book for my university students in a recent core course on the arts and faith – for some students even a transformative experience. His powerful and honest testimony about his own life, education, and faith — and the role that film played in coming to terms with all three — helped students in t … [Read more...] interview: "Through a Screen Darkly"

Angela Walker at has just posted what may be the most substantial interview yet about Through a Screen Darkly. … [Read more...]

Tina Forkner on “Through a Screen Darkly”

At a writers' retreat several weeks ago, I met Tina Forkner, a novelist who was still dizzy with the excitement of just getting her first book contract. Tina's a storyteller with a poet's eye for detail, and it was a pleasure to get to know her a get a glimpse of the stories she's going to share with the world.Tina and I come from very different places, but our experiences as artists within the church have had some striking similarities. I sent her a copy of Through a Screen Darkly, and was … [Read more...]

“Prince Caspian” Update

My least favorite part of Andrew Adamson's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe... the unimaginative, excessive battle scene. … [Read more...]

Andy Whitman: Music Blogger

When Andy blogs, I end up spending money on new music.Here's his latest batch of discoveries. Beware.  … [Read more...]

Where’s Auralia Today? Report #2: Joel Clarkson

 Joel Clarkson writes: … [Read more...]

Read Chapter One of “Auralia’s Colors”!

Auralia lay still as death, like a discarded doll, in a burgundy tangle of rushes and spineweed on the bank of a bend in the River Throanscall, when she was discovered by an old man who did not know her name.... … [Read more...]

The Reaping (2007)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today.•In the book of Exodus, we read about how Moses confronted Pharaoh, who was persecuting the Israelite slaves, and demanded, "Let my people go!" But Pharaoh stubbornly refused, even as the wrath of God brought ten plagues to ravage his land.There are also ten plagues in The Reaping, Warner Brothers' new horror thriller. But you don't have to suffer through all of them, or wait for a deliverer. You are not a slave to Ho … [Read more...]

“Breath for the Bones” – Luci Shaw’s Memoir

Luci Shaw and John Hoyte are two of my favorite human beings. They are generous, full of astonishing stories from their own experiences, and revellers in great art. … [Read more...]