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Movies Are Prayers is a creative exploration of how movies may be the kind of unspoken prayer God’s always listening for. A movie may function as a prayer of yearning, of praise, of lament, of anger, or of the many more types of prayer Larsen explores. For each type of prayer, Larsen describes how specific movies may function as that type of prayer. I love the creativity and courage of this book; however, I cannot say I fully agree with it. God knows all we do, good and bad. Not everything can be prayer if prayer is to remain distinct and transformational. There is, however, something about recognizing a feeling as a prayer that directs it towards God. I believe that movies are not inherently prayerful but can become prayers when we engage with them as such. Larsen challenges us to see prayer in a new and valuable way. Prayer can, perhaps, be found anywhere, but it is the act of seeking to project the feeling, act, or art beyond ourselves--even when not directed at the traditional Christian God--that makes it transformational...that makes it prayer. This book is an important step forward for creatively engaging with God and with culture, but it’s not where we should land.
Josh Larsen’s book “Movies Are Prayers” offers readers a broader perspective of what prayer can be. Often times movies evoke feelings and emotions that express our deepest yearnings and longings. This is exactly what we do when we pray. This book does a good job of not only describing different ways to pray, but how movies can guide and direct us in our prayers. This book breaks down how movies can be prayers of praise, yearning, lament, anger, confession, reconciliation, obedience, meditation, joy, and journey, and gives examples of movie scenes that relate to each. The intention of this book is not to replace our traditional sense of prayer with movies, but to enhance our prayer life by experiencing prayer through the everyday.
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.