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

“Through a Screen Darkly” – An Evening of Celebration and Gratitude January 20, 2007

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 the years we’ve spent discussing that mysterious territory where faith and art intersect, this was the completion of a journey that we’ve shared.

And the evening also belonged to Anne (left), who has provided so many forms of support through the development and publication of this book — reading, editing, making sure I had everything I needed while I worked. I can’t imagine how I would have completed this project without her.

Of course, there are many people who belong in this photo with us… Marsha Marks, Don Pape, Lee Hough, Alex Field, Marlene Baer, the Promontory Artists Association, Mark Moring, a host of film critics, and, of course, my family. And many of you who are reading this. And all of you are welcome to join me on Saturday night, February 24, at 7:30 p.m., in the little town of La Conner, Washington, just about 45 minutes north of Seattle. The Next ChapterWe’ll be celebrating the release of the book at a bookstore called . I’d love to see you there.

I started writing the book in March. I finished it in June. I don’t think I’ll ever try to write a book in three months again… especially while also working a full-time desk job.

But there it is. It’s finished, and it’s on the way to mailboxes everywhere for those who have ordered it.

If you read it, I look forward to your comments. It was meant to be a conversation starter. Let’s talk.

For more information on the book, visit the Through a Screen Darkly site.

To order, well, there’s always Amazon.

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

  1. Thankfully I read the reviews and went to see it knowing the plot would have holes, etc. With this in mind, my husband and I found it to be quite enjoyable. We laughed out loud several times. There was just something about the cheesy music, poor dialogue and bad acting that we found quite humorous. We especially liked the FBI situation room scene where the FBI director said something to the effect of, “I want to know what my department, the FBI, is going to do about it.” So clarifying!

  2. Congratulations on your book!

    Altho, I must admit, Lindsay Wagner looks so different from her years as The Bionic Woman. Still, am happy you got to know her.


  3. My copy arrived today! I just thumbed through it. Can’t wait to sit down and start reading. Congratulations! I hope it sells like crazy.

  4. Jeffery!

    I can’t wait for my Amazon preorder to show up. You bring a unique richness to your film criticism in the way you connect the films to life. You lay on a real feast that I’ve personally found very helpful in my own film viewing. Because of your input, I not only saw, but introduced my family to Sophie Scholl and the New World and those are just the tip of the iceburg. You make the world a bigger place. I’m really glad “Through a Screen Darkly” is moving out into the hands of readers and look forward to the day Auralia’s Colors arrives. Whatever else happens, these make it a good year.

  5. Congradulations! I look forward to enjoying the fruits of your labor and God’s gifts through you. Your work has really encouraged me and inspired me in different ways. Again, congradulations I look forward to reading, sharing, and continuing to promote the joy and need of meeting our world with a handshake and not a fist.