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Finding God in the Movies by Catherine M. Barsotti
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Jan 19, 2011

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Read from January 18 to 19, 2011

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, the movies that are picked for this book are covered in a number of ways, with a summary, supporting scriptures, discussion questions, and themes to explore.

The authors would certainly be considered "liberal" but they explain their position well at the beginning of the book - that this world is not whitewashed and neither are the movies that explore important themes and open the way for Christian discussion. While I tend to lean in that direction, there are certainly movies I will not watch for their violence or sexual explicitness. These themes can be covered adequately when implied, and without the graphic realism so often chosen by Hollywood.

Bottom-line is that I added a few movies to my queue with renewed interest, but wished for a more focused approach to the movie selections themselves. It's a good idea starter, however, and will continue to look for great movies that explore faith, God, religion and more.

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