You Are What You See: Watching Movies Through a  Christian Lens  -     By: Scott Nehring
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You Are What You See: Watching Movies Through a Christian Lens

Rightline Publishing / 2010 / Paperback

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As Christian movie-goers, we complain about the morally questionable choices at our local cineplex---but film critic Nehring says we have only ourselves to blame! Learn why he believes movies matter and how we can engage our culture, "take the blinders off," and discern each film's value---including its potential for opening dialogue with non-Christians. 285 pages, softcover from Right Line.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 285
Vendor: Rightline Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0984439528
ISBN-13: 9780984439522
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Scott Nehring, author of You Are What You See, is genuinely saddened by the way Christians and the film industry interact. As a self-confessed movie junkie and a film reviewer by trade, Nehring loves cinema, from Schindler’s List to Pulp Fiction to War of the Worlds. The problem is that he’s also a Christian. Few secular movies are edifying, or even appropriate; at the same time, many Christian films are trite and, in Nehring’s opinion, hardly deserve to be called film.

So, where are the options?

You Are What You See centers on how Christians interact with movie culture—or, rather, how Christians fail to interact with movie culture. Nehring rightfully critiques us, his fellow Christians, for failing to engage culture in a way that honors God: either we ingest secular movies without thinking about the ideas behind them, or we refuse wholesale to watch anything that doesn’t have the Christian label on it. Neither approach works, Nehring argues. We are not saved so that we can live behind a fence. Nor are we meant to act like non-Christians in everything but what we do on Sunday. We are called to be in the world—rather than watch it from the security of our Christianized bubble—but not of it (John 17:13-16). The cure, he proposes, is to know the two basic truths about film: that there can be God-honoring beauty in film, and that it is possible to watch a movie and learn something.

Despite the fact that his premise has huge potential to lead to a diatribe, Nehring steers clear of hypocritical finger-pointing, and his informal tone and vast knowledge of film history make this book into a fascinating and enlightening study. He promises that, by the end of the book, his reader will be unable to watch movies in the same way ever again, and he keeps his word. By the end of this intelligent, entertaining book, cinema will never be the same; rather, it will be yet one more tool to learn about and glorify our God. – Chandler Birch, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Minneapolis, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    From a filmmakers POV
    June 15, 2012
    Wayne
    Minneapolis, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really like this book. Mainly what I enjoy most is how much Mr. Nehring really gets to the core of storytelling. Ideas, expressed in images, have consequences. As he states, once your trapped in a dark room with giant images flashing before your eyes you become what you see!

    As a filmmaker and an a film instructor for over 12 years I think this is a solid work!

    Must read for both Christians and non Christians!
  2. Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A toolkit rather than a checklist
    June 4, 2012
    Jeff
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book does not tell you which movies to see, and which to avoid. Instead, it gives you the tools you need to evaluate movies from a Christian perspective. It tears down the story-telling techniques so that you can see how world-views sneak past your filters to influence you.

    You will never watch movies the same way after reading this book.
  3. New Richmond, Wisconsin
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Balanced, Informative, Leading-Edge
    February 15, 2012
    RightLineWriter
    New Richmond, Wisconsin
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    I would like to ask "thewordpursuer" and her single-star rating if she's even read the book, and if so, how well. If she had, she would have found that Nehring includes chapters on the importance of exactly the topic wordpursuer touts.

    It is vital to our personal Christian walk, to the incorporeal church, and yes, to the world around us for His children to be in the world but not of it. The entirety of Nehring's Section 3: "Watching Film: The Right Way to Sit There and Do Something" is full of tips and tools to use to dissect film so that we can (a) guard the eyes, ears, and hearts of ourselves and our family while, at the same time, (b) continue being relevant and influential for Christ in the lives of the hurting people we come in contact with every day. To hide in a self-righteous closet lest we see or hear something which might taint us is to live in fear and to blatantly disbelieve the power of Almighty God. Holiness does not result from what I do or do not; I am holy only as I place myself under the blood of Jesus, into the holiness of Christ.

    Am I charged by scripture to guard my heart and eyes? Absolutely, and Nehring expounds on that instruction in detail, offering tools for discerning any film's purpose and content as well as the truths it is likely to purport--even before you watch the film.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I edited and published Nehring's book, and I chose to do so (and take whatever financial loss might occur) because the approach taken in You Are What You See: Watching Movies Through a Christian Lens is the most scripturally balanced presentation of "being wise as a serpent but innocent as a dove" as I've ever encountered.

    There are too many hurting people in the world around us to not be familiar with Satan's tricks and tools. Almighty God is great -- great enough to protect His holiness and ours without us running like chickens to hide cowering in a closet. And Nehring's You Are What You See gives us the truths and information we need to walk that fine line of faith.
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    I will set before my eyes no vile thing.
    August 18, 2011
    thewordpursuer
    Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
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    What does God's Word say about watching things that go against His righteousness??? He's calling us to holy living.

    If we are not to "set before my eyes no vile thing," according to His Word, how do you justify going to bad movies? What about the verse that says, "Be innocent regarding evil?" We are not even to mention evil is done in secret. (Ephesians) My standard of living is the Word of God not what one person says is okay. Be careful... Search the Word. Ask God for guidance. Be holy as God is holy.
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