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 is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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