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Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films With Wisdom & Discernment [Paperback]

By Brian Godawa (Author)
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Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.18" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2002
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830823212  
EAN  9780830823215  

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Do you watch movies with your eyes open?You buy your tickets and concessions, and you walk into the theater. Celluloid images flash at twenty-four frames per second, and the hypnotic sequence of moving pictures coaxes you to suspend disbelief and be entertained by the implausible.Unfortunately, many often suspend their beliefs as well, succumbing to subtle lessons in how to behave, think and even perceive reality. Do you find yourself hoping that a sister will succeed in seducing her sibling's husband, that a thief will get away with his crime, that a serial killer will escape judgment? Do you, too, laugh at the bumbling priest and seethe at the intolerant and abusive evangelist? Do you embrace worldviews that infect your faith and wonder, after your head is clear, whether your faith can survive the infection?Brian Godawa guides you through the place of redemption in film, the tricks screenwriters use to communicate their messages, and the mental and spiritual discipline required for watching movies. Hollywood Worldviews helps you enter a dialogue with Hollywood that leads to a happier ending, one that keeps you aware of your culture and awake to your faith.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Stunning book on culture and worldview...  Jan 9, 2007
Godawa's book is a must-read for those who are interested in the meshing of culture, worldview, and the arts.
Incredible  May 30, 2006
This book changed the way I watch movies forever-- both as a Christian and an actor. Incredible insight into the way movies are made, and endorses balance with regard to what we watch.

Highly recommended for EVERY Christian, and anyone looking to understand more deeply the themes and messages in the movies they watch.

Good framework for further study  Aug 11, 2005
Godawa provides a broad overview of film sympathy and antipathy toward the Christian worldview by citing myriad examples of each across film styles. By no means a slash and burn attack on Hollywood's products, Hollywood Worldviews is well though out, gracious and generous in its assessment of film content...perhaps too generous at points. Nonetheless, a good place to begin a study of film worldviews.
Interesting...  Dec 1, 2004
Movies have a deep impact on our society, from fashion to catch phrases, and most importantly attitudes. Even the most trivial movie is shaped by some underlying theme or message that is subtly delivered to millions of minds on a subconscious level at least. By utilizing the steps outlined in this book and on the corresponding website, readers are encouraged to view their entertainment choices seriously to avoid being molded into someone they don't want to be. Some of the films that the author suggests as good choices are startling; and lest anyone think a book on Christian films will only contain fluffy, feel good movies put out by white bread companies, let me assure you that there are quite a few R rated movies, gross out comedies, and even a Christian themed vampire movie described as worthwhile films. This book would make an excellent adult Sunday school curriculum, or serve well as a simple guide for how to use one's free time viewing purposefully.
This Book Will Challenge the Way You Watch Movies  Jun 1, 2004
This is a wonderful book examining the way we watch movies. Godawa argues that we can't totally neglect movies (Two-Kingdom concept) and that we cant immerse ourselves in them, either. Godawa is a Kuyperian, so he believes that Christ is LORD over all of life, not just the sacred.

Godawa does an excellent job on pointing out the various worldviews which movies express. I used to watch movies blindely just for the sheer entertainment value in and of the movie itself. However, this can be very dangerous as he shows. Movies go off of popular worldviews to get the masses to go and see them.

I was very interested by his analysis of the particular movies. Most of the things he pointed out I had no clue were even there (i.e. Cast Away with Fate, etc.). This was quiet a shock to me. He tackles the questions of many philosophies and worldviews, and cogently points out the strengths and weaknesses therein.

I really liked his director take promotions for his website. You can find some excellent reviews there for the engagement of the culture and movies. This book is a tremendous introduction to the various worldviews behind movies.


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