How Movies Helped Save My Soul: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films

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Synopsis: At its best, film can transport you to what C.S. Lewis called a "thin place," where the line between harsh reality and the transcendent is so subtly blurred that for a moment, you find it difficult to tell the difference. Film, in the final analysis, can do for you what all great art does--irritate and heal, challenge and affirm, inspire and sadden. "How Movies Help Save My Soul explores the profound possibilities of movies to guide, critique and provoke the postmodern Christian journey. The book examines more than 50 films to see beyond simple multiplex fodder to encounter something transcendent in film.

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It basically consists of seventeen chapters on the meaning of cinema, organized according to themes like "war" and "love" and "quest'. (My friend Jennie wanted me to write a chapter devoted to Dirty Dancing but I need this book to sell more than one copy, so I had to reluctantly demur. Sorry, Jennie.) I've tried to write about themes that have some resonance for people who want to make sense of their own lives, of our place in the world, of the need for an encounter with God to heal us. So I deal with anti-heroes (the ambiguous morality of being human), brokenness (how depression and the pain of our lives needs to be brought to the light if we are to survive), conspiracy (how we so often feel alone in a field where all the weapons of the world are trained against us), death (because, along with taxes and telethons, it's the one thing that will happen to us all), community (the human race has lost something to do with being present with each other, and we need to find it - quick), fear (it's the place most of us seem to live, most of the time), god (I couldn't really write a book about spirituality in cinema without a chapter called god), justice (one person's justice is another person's revenge), love (because I'm pretty sure we need help to know what love actually means), outsiders (because it seems that most of the important things that happen in this world involve outsiders), power (because the Church is full of the wrong kind, and we need to learn that the path to true power is through our own disempowerment - we need a regime change), quest (the journey is the destination and all that good stuff), war (what is it good for?), and The Matrix (because I don't know what category to put it in).

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