Death of an Angel

I've just learned that Solveig Dommartin, the otherworldly beauty who brought an angel down to earth, and who found wings of her own, in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire (my favorite film), died of a heart attack on January 11.She was 45 years old. … [Read more...]

“Through a Screen Darkly” – An Evening of Celebration and Gratitude

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Last night, Linda Wagner (right) and her husband Larry (taking the picture) joined Anne and me for a late, celebratory dinner at Saltoro in Shoreline, Washington. We were celebrating, as you can see, the arrival of several big boxes of books... copies of Through a Screen Darkly.It was Linda who first approached me at Seattle Pacific University in 1995 to invite me to join a writer's group, and who co-edited an arts magazine with me called The Crossing for several years after that. For all of … [Read more...]

“New World” Dialogue

There's a wonderful, insightful conversation here between two thoughtful moviegoers about The New World, and why it's such a special film. This podcast is almost a year old, but I really enjoyed it. Worth the time... especially for the section about who they'd like to watch interact with Terrence Malick in a bowling alley. … [Read more...]

Conversations with Critics About Favorite Films of 2006

It was the year of the endangered baby. Tsotsi, L'Enfant, The Nativity Story, Pan's Labyrinth,Children of Men... all of these films were focused on either infants or unborn children who are carried through terrible danger. But that was a subset of films characterized by a larger similarity.... It was the year of the nightmare. … [Read more...]

What? You Can Pre-Order “Auralia’s Colors”?

I'm rather startled to discover that, although the book won't be available until September, you can already pre-order Auralia's Colors!! … [Read more...]

"Auralia’s Colors" … pre-order!

Imagine my surprise when someone alerted me to the fact that you can pre-order my novel, Auralia's Colors, at this Random House website!What a week. The first box of copies of Through a Screen Darkly will arrive mid-week on my doorstep, and in bookstores on February 5th. I've just seen a draft of the cover art for Auralia's Colors. And now, we have a definite release date and a pre-order page for that book as well. My head is spinning. … [Read more...]

“Children of Men”: Literary sabotage, or award-winning adaptation?

The debate continues:Did the screenwriters for Children of Men take a novel written by a Christian, which offered a profoundly Christian vision of human depravity and redemption, and turn it into an attack on Christianity?Or were they just interested in taking P.D. James' premise and exploiting it for their own purposes? … [Read more...]

Nightmares Abolished! The Cover Art Will Rule.

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For years, I have browsed the fantasy literature section of bookstores, and cringed at how many book covers display appallingly bad art.So much fantasy art is cheesy, ridiculously lurid, painfully derivative, and preoccupied with violent spectacles.All along the way, I've prayed: "Lord, if you ever bless me with the publication of a store, please, please, please... save me from a bad book cover." And I've had nightmares about what I would do if the book had a cover that misrepresented … [Read more...]

Vote now in CT’s readers’ poll: Best Movies of 2006!

Just so you know, Christianity Today gives positive reviews to wicked movies like Pan's Labyrinth. At least, that's what this letter writer says on the … [Read more...]

New Innocence Mission Album Details

from FMQB: On March 20, Badman Recording Co. will release We Walked In Song, the ninth studio recording from The Innocence Mission. The 11 tracks were recorded and mixed by Don Peris at his home studio in Lancaster with his wife Karen on vocals, guitars, pump and Hammond organs and piano. Don Peris handles backing vocals, guitars, drums and Hammond organ, and Mike Bitts is on upright and electric bass. The band plans on touring the East Coast in the spring. What about the West Coast? We miss … [Read more...]


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