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    1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
      March 28, 2004
      Alan
      Lately I've been scanning almost all the literature I can get my hands dealing with the church and movies. Sadly, the vast majority of the books say nothing about how to actually understand and appreciate film. Most of them are "how to reach your teen" or rather anemic apologia for pop culture. Godawa's book is much meatier. He starts by giving a basic treatment on the idea of story and myth, including discussions of redemption. Part two discusses various worldviews, mainly the existenialism and post-modernism, using films as examples. He then takes on spirituality at the cinema, and concludes with a broader view of how to watch films as a Christian. While I think the book has weaknesses (ie post-modernity as a worldview rather than sociological phenomenon, and an over-reliance on narrative [thank you PTC]), this is probably one of the best mass-appeal books I've seen from an evangelical writer on the subject of film. It would be appropriate for a church group study or personal study.
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