When Marnie Was There Travels the Road From Hate to Forgiveness

Review of When Marnie Was There, Directed by Hiromasa YonebayashiStudio Ghibli—the force behind the brilliant animated films My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and The Wind Rises, among many others—returns to movie screens this summer with When Marnie Was There. A new film from Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who directed the studio’s earlier The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), the low-key When Marnie Was There is a gentle, dreamlike picture that makes for pleasant viewing, although it doesn’t linger l … [Read more...]

A Schaeffer’s Ghost Oscar Review Roundup

The Oscars air Febrary 22, 2015. Last year Schaeffer’s Ghost covered several of the eventual Oscar nominees, including multiple nominees in the Best Animated Film and Best Foreign Film categories.Catch up on what we thought of these nominees before the envelopes are opened Sunday night.BEST PICTURE / BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR / BEST EDITING / BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY / BEST SOUND MIXINGWhiplash (Christian Hamaker)The Imitation Game (Andrew Collins)The Imitation Game (Liz Wh … [Read more...]

Why would you want to raise a reader?

Review of How to Raise a Reader by Elaine McEwanAs someone who teaches at the college level, I'm not sure whether the number one academic problem with college students today is illiteracy, laziness, or both. It may even be that the two are really different sides of the same coin—I just don't know enough about what goes on in primary and secondary education to be able to say for sure. What I do know is that far too many college freshmen are functionally illiterate (not, thankfully, either a m … [Read more...]

Schaeffer’s Ghost’s Summer Vacation

By THE EDITORSAs Schaeffer’s Ghost approaches its first anniversary, we want to share some news, brag a little bit, and give you advance notice on some upcoming free stuff.First, we want to say "thank you" to our readers. Time and again we’ve enjoyed the responses to our posts from our readership, including comments from a few authors whose books we’ve reviewed here. Hearing from readers is a big part of what keeps us writing. So thank you, and please keep reading and comme … [Read more...]

Lots of Stupid Christians

Review of The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. HatchFor as long as I can remember, I’ve been addicted to the bandwagon. Consequently, here is my contribution to the ongoing Schaeffer’s Ghost discussion of the intellectual state of modern Christianity. If you’ve missed it, Paul Miller started with a post discussing why Christians are stupid. He then followed up with a follow-up (appropriately enough) about how Christians have gotten smarter. Most recently the discussion ha … [Read more...]

Twilight: Sucking the Blood out of Sin

A Review of the Twilight franchise by Stephenie MeyerBy JENNILEE MILLERI think the term typically used to describe someone like me is “Twi-Mom.” Yes: I am a mom who loves the Twilight franchise. Of course, I think the term originally referred to a mom who picked up her daughter’s glossy paperbacks with the shiny red apple on the cover and somehow got hooked on the impossible love story of Bella and Edward. I got hooked before I had kids, but as the final installment of the movie appro … [Read more...]