Further Thanks to Christianity Today for a Generous Send-Off

Today’s unexpected notes from the team at Christianity Today have been a tremendous blessing to me at the end of a trying week. I am deeply grateful.

And thanks to those of you who left comments for me there as well. All I ever did was ramble on, ad nauseum, about an art form that I love. That it has come to anything at all is powerful evidence, to me anyway, that there’s a creative, resourceful God in charge of things. I’ve learned as much from my colleagues and readers on this journey as I have from the filmmakers. And I still have so much more to learn.

[2013 UPDATE: The aforementioned article is now accessible only in web archives.]

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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.

  • Vikki (Philippines)

    Aptly put…”the end of an era”. *sobs*. I’m glad to read about it and thanks to you as well for keeping us more interested with stories and storytelling in the movies, Jeffrey. Kudos for a good ERA! *sobs some more*.

  • Rick Ro.

    Jeffrey, for some reason I can’t get the comments to take at the CT site, so I’ll post here for you…

    Your in-depth, spiritual look at all films, secular or not, will be missed. When I began following your movie (and music) reviews quite few years ago, I was impressed with how you found the spiritual and the Godly in things most Christians would have said were unworthy of viewing. I remember feeling a little guilty, as a Christian, for liking Pulp Fiction and wishing Christians would find the value in discussing the spiritual elements within the violent, seedy story. Soon after, I happened upon your review of it and thought, “Finally, a Christian who gets it!” You’ve been my favorite movie reviewer since then.

    As a writer myself, I’m quite familiar with the need to focus on what matters most. For the past eight years I’ve written a ton of poetry, but now that I’m in the midst of writing a sci-fi novel, I’ve found poetry must come second. Many, many of us will miss your reviews, but you’re doing the right thing. May God bless your endeavors.


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