Sinema7: A Movie Watcher's Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins

Maureen Herring

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Synopsis: Can watching movies make us better people?
Sinema7 is a fusion of movie reviews and Christian ethics that links popular movies and Biblical scripture with each of the Seven Deadly Sins. Movies really are parables for our generation, providing relatable, authentic illustrations of the damage caused by lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, anger, envy and pride.

Sinema7 encourages change by presenting an opposing virtue for each sin with movies and scriptures to illustrate new attitudes and positive behaviors. Sinema7 is an honest, practical, and compassionate walk through sin towards redemption. Sinema7's approach provides relevant thoughts about pop culture and ethical behavior for everyone.

Sinema7 offers:

· Movie reviews with an ethical spin · Relevant illustrations · Insightful analysis · Fresh perspective · Entertaining lists · History of the Seven Deadly Sins

Sinema7 brings the transformative power of the Christian faith into a modern context. The use of contemporary cinematic illustrations creates a fresh reflection of our own personal indulgences in light of those movies that subconsciously shape our behavior. Maureen Herring avoids the typical demonization of Hollywood prevalent in current Christian commentary by using an analytical approach to the characters, plots, and themes of these familiar stories. Rather than seeing movies as a constant threat to our culture's morality, her analysis sets the framework for a change in Christian worldview that creates a rich opportunity for the ideals of the Christian faith to become relevant in a world that often believes God is absent in their everyday lives. 
-Rev. Stephen V. Allen
 
Jesus often hit home with his listeners through the telling of stories. Movies are our modern day stories, and Sinema7 reflects on those stories. Maureen Herring's knowledge of scripture, history, and the cinema powerfully merge in this book.-Rev. Dr. Yvette Garcia, Pastor of Truth Chapel, San Antonio, Texas
 
The structure and rhetorical execution in Sinema7 is top notch. It's a solid read, with great film quotes and vital, moral evaluations. Any moral commentary that finds a way to reconfigure John Belushi's Bluto, from "Animal House," into a road sign for temperance ... is a commentary well-worth reading.
-Floyd Wray, author of Blood Toys

From the Author: I started working on Sinema7 in 2007 for a couple of reasons. Writing a book was one of the few things on my turning-50 bucket list. I wanted to be a writer when I grew up but sort of drifted into library work instead. Also, I don't actually feel like much of grown up which sort of lulled me into thinking I had time.

As a lover of books and stories I believe that we engage with stories emotionally and spiritually in a way that is different from how we receive factual information. We can know something, but a story makes that information personal. A good story can reflect our own perspectives as well as getting us out of our own comfort zones and helping us see another point of view. Movies are the way we tell our stories in the 21st century. Most stories, not just those we call dramas, but funny ones and even scary ones offer us glimpses into human need and human motivation.

I've always been interested in why people do what they do. We make choices every day that affect others positively or negatively. Most of the time we choose based on how we think the outcome of our decisions will benefit us. Sometimes we selfishly choose to satisfy ourselves at the expense of others. This behavior used to be called "sin." Today we may be uncomfortable with the word "sin." It brings up images of angry, red-faced preachers with slicked back hair and smug "church ladies" passing judgment. In our culture there is some disagreement about which behaviors constitute "sin" but there is much more agreement about which attitudes qualify. When Jesus equated hatred with murder and talked about having "already sinned in our hearts" I think he was talking about the attitudes that have come to be known as "the deadly sins."

The very fact that most of us can identify the hero and the villain in a story and generally identify his or her flaw says something about what we know about sin. As human beings we share a common moral reaction to the seven deadly sins. I think that cultural attitudes about good and evil are reflected in movies, television, and music. There is general agreement that pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust are negative traits and that their opposing virtues: humility, kindness, patience, passion, generosity, purpose, and purity are positive. I suspect that conflict, personality flaws, burning questions, and life experiences are pretty universal. We personally identify with characters and situations in stories because we see ourselves. Often it is the negative addressed in a story that reveals what most of us see in others but would rather not face in ourselves. Perhaps that is why the bad guys are often the most interesting and memorable characters.

We may come to believe that pride, anger and envy are more powerful over hurt than humility, patience or kindness. We may come to see sloth as more comfortable than diligence. Lust, gluttony and greed may seem to provide the immediate fulfillment that discipline; moderation and generosity seem to lack. We can turn our focus inward and develop characteristics that shield us from our sense of need or we can turn our focus outward and develop personal character that accepts needs, separates needs from desires, and looks to the needs of others. Ultimately Christ is the agent of change. I believe that how the seven deadly sins are presented in movies can nudge us in his direction. It is my hope that the ideas expressed in this book provide a springboard for culturally relevant conversations and personal transformation.

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