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You Are What You See: Watching Movies Through a Christian Lens
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|Title: You Are What You See: Watching Movies Through a Christian Lens|
By: Scott Nehring
Number of Pages: 285
Vendor: Rightline Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
Weight: 15 ounces
Stock No: WW439522
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You Are What You See centers on how Christians interact with movie cultureor, 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 doesnt 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 worldrather than watch it from the security of our Christianized bubblebut 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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