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How Movies Helped Save My Soul: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films

Relevant Books / 2003 / Paperback

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Is there more to going to the movies than mindless entertainment? Author Gareth Higgins, avid moviegoer and film critic, says there is. This is a guidebook for looking at films and finding hidden spiritual truths. With chapters on fear, God, justice, love, power, and more, Higgins teaches how to make sense of the spiritual by looking at films with a new perspective. The The Matrix to Magnolia, Fight Club to Field of Dreams, Higgins takes the reader through more than 200 films that, if looked at the right way, just might change lives. Movie buffs and novices alike will find much to enjoy, provide, amuse, challenge and confound in this book.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Relevant Books
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.50 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0971457697
ISBN-13: 9780971457690
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At its best, film can transport you to what C.S. Lewis called a "thin place," where the line between harsh reality and the transcendent is so subtly blurred that for a moment, you find it difficult to tell the difference. Film, in the final analysis, can do for you what all great art does--irritate and heal, challenge and affirm, inspire and sadden. "How Movies Help Save My Soul explores the profound possibilities of movies to guide, critique and provoke the postmodern Christian journey. The book examines more than 50 films to see beyond simple multiplex fodder to encounter something transcendent in film.

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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    July 25, 2010
    Peter S.
    No stars were given, sorry. If you have a hard time 'judging' a book by its cover, then just flip to the intro. Tony Campolo's introduction: "it is not even necessary for us to ask what the artist intended to communicate because as deconstructionist Jacques Derrida and his followers would tell us, once the words are written, the painting painted, or the movie shown, that which was produced by the artist takes on a life of its own, independent of the creator. Then, we who engage these works of art are free to create the meanings they have for us." So what does that statement say about our Creator? The irony of having a relative worldview is that you can't make a definitive statement about it. The reason you can find spiritual truths in everything is because even false religions have a single origin. So should we wade through the muck to figure it out, or walk the walk in real holiness for the name above all names?
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    July 25, 2010
    Peter S.
    No stars were given, sorry. If you have a hard time 'judging' a book by its cover, then just flip to the intro. Tony Campolo's introduction: "it is not even necessary for us to ask what the artist intended to communicate because as deconstructionist Jacques Derrida and his followers would tell us, once the words are written, the painting painted, or the movie shown, that which was produced by the artist takes on a life of its own, independent of the creator. Then, we who engage these works of art are free to create the meanings they have for us." So what does that statement say about our Creator? The irony of having a relative worldview is that you can't make a definitive statement about it. The reason you can find spiritual truths in everything is because even false religions have a single origin. So should we wade through the muck to figure it out, or walk the walk in real holiness for the name above all names?
  3. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    September 23, 2003
    rob schlapfer
    Gareth Higgins appears to be that sort of delightful chap you love to have at gatherings to keep things "interesting." His writing is smart and witty much fun to read. (I enjoyed the book immensely.) However, his approach to both the Bible (his "Christian worldview") and films are so subjective that it makes the book more biographical than informative. (I guess that is the intent.) He engages neither, really; preferring "story" to substance; conjecture to analysis. I guess he's seen a lot of movies and just wants us know how he feels about them. Cool. I guess I should have expected this approach when I finished reading Tony Campolo's introduction:"it is not even necessary for us to ask what the artist intended to communicate because as deconstructionist Jacques Derrida and his followers would tell us, once the words are written, the painting painted, or the movie shown, that which was produced by the artist takes on a life of its own, independent of the creator. Then, we who engage these works of art are free to create the meanings they have for us."What fun! (But then, maybe I can imagine that Tony means something completely different . . . something more to my own taste . . . after all, I am free to create whatever meaning his words have for me.)Here we see what happens when we allow extra-biblical thinking to form our "Christian" worldview. The uncritical acceptance of a postmodern mindset will lead us to view reality through a post-modern lense rather than a biblical one. (And, of course, those are relative not absolute terms.) Maybe RELEVANT BOOKS should reassess issuing Gareth's work in printed form such a relic of modernity and the enlightenment! What we need are electronic books that can be altered to suit our own meaning constructs. Then I could have Gareth say whatever I like . . .Wouldn't that be cool . . . a whole world about ME!
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