I’m a ramblin’ guy. I’m ramblin’, ramblin’ round…

Chances are I'll make my way to your neighborhood one of these days, if I haven't already. And I'd love to meet LookingCloser.org readers, and anybody who has ventured into the world of Auralia's Colors, Cyndere's Midnight, and Raven's Ladder.These days, I've been delivering presentations on:"Following The Auralia Thread" - Writing Fantasy as a Practice of Discovery "Beyond Blockbusters" - Entering the Mind of Contemplative Cinema "Through a Screen Darkly" - Faith, Discernment, and a … [Read more...]

Running at windmills

Got any advice for first-time visitors to the Netherlands?With joy and gratitude, Anne and I will be traveling to the Netherlands next week by the invitation of generous friends who have given us tremendous encouragement.Peter van Dijk and Bart Cusveller, both editors of www.cvfilm.nl, have had a hand in bringing Through a Screen Darkly into a new Dutch translation.I first encountered Peter when he wrote to me about my review of There Will Be Blood just over a year ago, and then we … [Read more...]

Through a Screen Darkly 2: Even Darklier

The curtain just went up on my new monthly column at Christianity Today Movies. It's named after my "memoir of dangerous moviegoing."Enjoy! … [Read more...]

“You reviewed WHAT??”

Mark Moring responds to a chorus of angry readers regarding why Christianity Today Movies bothered to post a review of Sex and the City.Mark's response is calm and thoughtful, which is the best way to respond to hysteria and outrage.(And this isn't the first time CTMovies has printed an answer to mail of that sort.) … [Read more...]

Luci Shaw in The Washington Post

Luci Shaw's friendship, generosity, and writing has been an inspiration to Anne and me. Luci was the one who persuaded Madeleine L'Engle to write Walking on Water: Reflections on Art and Faith, a book that transformed my understanding of creativity and Christianity. And Luci herself has written several volumes of poetry, as well as The Crime of Living Cautiously, an inspiring book about living courageously, and a new memoir called Breath for the Bones.I did a lot of work on both Through a … [Read more...]

“… like tears in rain …”

In today's mail, I received a note from a reader named Trace: Hello Mr. Overstreet.... I am reading Through a Screen Darkly and thought I'd share a short story with you.When I was about 20 years old I was watching the movie Blade Runner. Near the end of the movie Harrison Ford is trapped with Rutger Hauer on the roof. Hauer's character explains to Ford some of the incredible things he has seen in his short life and it becomes very clear why he has struggled so hard for more time to … [Read more...]

The Nick and Josh Show

Lo and behold, my conversation with Nick (of the Nick and Josh Show) is now available for download.We talked about movies, Through a Screen Darkly, and then he asked me to share my impressions of a movie that clearly impressed him: Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain.I really enjoyed chatting with Nick, and I hope you enjoy the program. … [Read more...]

"Through a Screen Darkly" hits Australia

When I was a kid, I always liked the story about The Little Engine that Could.I'm reminded of that as I occasionally find mentions of Through a Screen Darkly on blogs. It just keeps chugging along, finding new readers everywhere. It's nice to see folks like Brian Rice continuing to discover it and share it with others. I'm glad it's proving useful.This week, the book will be introduced to yet another audience: Radio listeners in Australia. … [Read more...]

Steven D. Greydanus at Decent Films Notes “Through a Screen Darkly”

A big "Thank you!" to Steven Greydanus, one of my favorite film critics, for being so kind as to highlight Through a Screen Darkly in his latest batch of answers to inquiries at his Decent Films website.When someone asked for a recommendation of a book about Christian perspectives on film, Greydanus answered: Jeff doesn’t just tell you whether or not he liked a movie. He offers you a seat next to him as the movie unfolds and he points out and reflects on the things that thrill, fascinate or … [Read more...]

An English Professor Reports on Using “Through a Screen Darkly” in the Classroom

Many thanks to Christine Chaney, Ph.D., in the Department of English at Seattle Pacific University, for sharing these kind words... Jeffrey Overstreet's Through A Screen Darkly was a remarkably compelling book for my university students in a recent core course on the arts and faith – for some students even a transformative experience. His powerful and honest testimony about his own life, education, and faith — and the role that film played in coming to terms with all three — helped students in t … [Read more...]