Next Sunday: Australia’s having an Open House!

 

I recently overheard someone referring to my new book as “Australia’s Colors.”

Now, please… let me set this straight once and for all: Auralia’s Colors has absolutely nothing to do with Australia.

And speaking of Australia…

I was welcomed to a radio program based in Australia last week to discuss Through a Screen Darkly.

The show host was Sheridan Voysey, a true professional, who reads his notes before he sits down at the microphone. His show is called Open House. It wasn’t a live show. It was recorded for a podcast. But we had a delightful conversation about meaningful movies, the power and purpose of art, and the challenges of being a Christian in the cineplex. Our conversation is about to be broadcast on radio stations all over Australia. I immediately became a big fan of Sheridan and his approach to thoughtful radio conversation.

When I turn on Christian radio, almost 75% of the voices I hear are complaining about how corrupt the world has become, and how we have got to stop the homosexuals before they take over the world.¬†It’s rather embarrassing… especially since these programs are broadcast in the name of one who said he did not come into the world to condemn the world.

Sheridan’s goal, by contrast,¬†is to provoke thoughtful dialogue between Christians… and also between Christians and their non-Christian neighbors. There was a quality of grace and peace and warmth in Sheridan’s manner that I greatly appreciated, and that I’ve only experienced on only a few other programs. (Yes, there are some other wonderful show hosts out there, and I appreciate them too.)

You’ll be able to listen in, or download the show as a podcast, next Sunday.

Now, if you want to learn about Australia, I suggest you talk with a travel agent. If you want to hear about Auralia, you should join me at the Fremont branch of the Seattle Public Library this Wednesday night at 6:30, where I’ll be reading from the novel and talking about our favorite fantasy writers.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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