Happy Catholic Quotes Something Familiar

Happy Catholic is reading Through a Screen Darkly! … [Read more...]

“A Christian Voice” in “Children of Men”?

From a comment posted in a previous post, by Mike Harris Stone: Well I saw Children of Men last night. A fantastic piece of cinema which does, IMHO, go beyond even the filmmaker's intentions in what it says, much as Wings of Desire did. Interestingly, the original music in the film is by British Composer John Taverner, an Orthodox Christian, so in that one aspect there is a Christian voice in the movie. I agree with your critique of it, Jeffrey. And by the way, the backlash against the CT … [Read more...]

Peter Chattaway on “Bridge to Terabithia”

Peter T. Chattaway, who recently reviewed The Last Sin Eater, has just reviewed a film by Christian author Katherine Paterson, the latest literary adaptation by Walden Media.He gives it three stars, and shares his perspective, which comes with the added advantage of his thorough familiarity with the novel. … [Read more...]

“The Last Sin Eater” and CT Movies, Round Two: Film Forum

Many, many thanks to Peter T. Chattaway for doing a great job covering Film Forum while I spent several days revising Auralia's Colors.(Four days straight, from 8am to 10:30pm working on my laptop, finding better words for things. Whew. And it ain't over yet.)Anyway, I'm back, and my latest Film Forum is up at Christianity Today Movies. Somewhere along the line this month I'm pretty sure I'm hitting my sixth anniversary at the column. And what a long, strange trip it's been. So many … [Read more...]

CT’s Top Ten Lists: A Sign of the Coming Apocalypse?

If you're reading Through a Screen Darkly, you've probably come across some of my "war stories" about the outrageous letters and emails I've received over the years as a Christian film reviewer.I wish I could say things are getting easier. They're not. … [Read more...]

Chattaway criticizes “Last Sin Eater”, Director Fires Back

Peter T. Chattaway wrote a thoughtful, observant review of the new movie called The Last Sin Eater this week at Christianity Today Movies.Just as a Christian car mechanic should be concerned with the technical condition of a car, so a film critic should concern himself with the technical condition of a car. Peter is a Christian ... has been for as long as he's been writing, and longer, and has been a vital part of evangelical-Christian dialogue for years. In the interest of encouraging … [Read more...]

Auralia’s Cover!


I am so excited to show this to you.I'm sitting here on the coast of Whidbey Island putting the finishing touches on a story I've been writing since 1996. It's my favorite place in the world to write, here with the wind, the water, eight deer grazing just across the lawn, and two bald eagles wheeling about overhead and chattering to each other.And what should pop up in my email while I'm as happy as can be?I want to thank artist Kristopher Orr and the people at WaterBrook. They've … [Read more...]

Auralia’s Cover!

 Cover design by Kristopher Orr. … [Read more...]

“Ah, well… it happens with every book.”

"Ah, well... it happens with every book."That's what other authors and industry folks are saying, trying to help me get over the headache that began the moment I found a rather glaring error right in the middle of the first chapter of Through a Screen Darkly.Why didn't I remember that in 1987 when I was 17 years old, "Dances with Wolves" was still three years away from opening? … [Read more...]

Over the Rhine Fires Up Old Favorites on “Discount Fireworks”

It's not exactly a "best-of."Rather, Over the Rhine's new album Discount Fireworks is a collection of some of the highlights and memorable excursions along their 15-year journey.If you haven't discovered American music's best-kept secret, well, this may be the best place to start. It's not the most cohesive work they've released, because it spans more than a decade of different styles and sounds. … [Read more...]