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I’m thankful that this book exists in the world: it’s the rare book on film that engages the heart of a movie alongside its more formal (form-related) accomplishments. More than that, for a book rooted in orthodox Christianity, it engages its wide array of film texts without a hint of condescension or moral trumpeting. It’s a humble, necessary approach to film criticism that has a simple, brilliant thesis: movies are prayers, every one of them heard by God.
"Movies Are Prayers" is a welcome invitation to expand our horizons in both our movie-going and our prayer habits, to consider the forms which shape our character, and to celebrate what God is doing in our lives and our art. Generous and accessible, with a firm grasp of both film theory and theology, "Movies Are Prayers" is just the book I’d want to hand to students in a film-and-theology university course, a budding teenage cinephile, or those skeptical of religion yet open to the transcendent they’ve experienced in cinema.
A person would not really know that prayers could be in movies. this book is a great read and really enlightens someone how prayers are found in movies, and what movies actually have prayers in them, it can be used as a great learning tool for those who would like to make some kind of program that they are putting together. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested.
Great book for movie lovers or those interested in finding new meaning in cinema. His style and structure made for a quick read, and he covered all genres of movies - citing examples from the last 100 years. This book is a great addition to what Josh discusses on "Filmspotting" (podcast).
I've enjoyed watching films my entire life. I've also been a Christian my entire life. I've never considered weaving the two together as a way to enrich the experiences that both offer. Larsen does just that without being too preachy. Even if you don't consider yourself to be religious this book offers what all great books do...a chance to consider something from a different perspective.
Hard to believe, but Josh Larsen dissects his faith and how he prays through this amazing book about where art and expressions to God meet. I recommend this book to anyone who loves film and would like a guide to view films through a new lens. Also, for those who would like a better understanding of the conceits if different forms of prayer.