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Finding God in the Movies: 33 Films of Reel Faith

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  39 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
You love movies. Who Doesn't?
In Finding God in the Movies Catherine Barsotti and Robert Johnston show you how to combine your love of movies with your desire for God. Introducing thirty-three films of faith--ranging from Tender Mercies to X-Men--the authors identify and explore key biblical themes like forgiveness, faith, and repentance. An enthusiastic guide for the indi
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Paperback, 319 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Baker Books
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Patti Clement
I was inspired to pray with movies/film in 2004 when I made my 30 day silent retreat praying the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in their entirety. Since then, I was given the opportunity to serve on staff with Fr. Peter Callery, S.J. as a Spiritual Director when he gave a 3 day preached retreat using movies throughout to illustrate significant biblical themes. Then I began subbing in the Theology Department at our local all girls Catholic School and they have a Film and Faith semester long ...more
David Natiuk
It wasn't quite what I was expecting, more of a book on morality in film instead of covering films that have God (or lack thereof) as a central theme. Nothing wrong at all with this approach, but when you're covering topics like Racial Reconciliation in the "X-MEN" film... that's not exactly a film about Faith.

This was published in 2004, but the most recent movies are from 2002. Most are from the 1990's or 2000's, with a handful from earlier... so it's definitely not a recent update. To be fair
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Karen
Dec 03, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
Did you ever try leading one of those film discussion centered around a theological topic? Were you successful AND true to the intent and message of the film? If not, this book is a great resource. It not only included 33 film discussions that are already done for you and divided by topic (forgiveness, reconciliation, family, renewing our faith, etc.), but also teaches you how to create one based on the models. One thing though--the authors insist on being true to the film--in other words, it wo ...more
Jeff
Mar 04, 2008 Jeff rated it liked it
This is a reference book about movies with speerchul themes. It's a good resource for choosing a flick and leading a group discussion on it, which I did. It's not particularly good to just sit and read, which I thought I would do, but didn't.
Jim
Aug 08, 2010 Jim rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Bought for reference. A nice selection of movies, but pretty thin on the reviews.
Lindsey
Nov 18, 2008 Lindsey rated it really liked it
A great, informative read!
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