This week in Read-Worthy Reviews, we have some special reviews from our Nuts About Books bloggers. Read on to discover a book that unpacks the role of God in the movies of the last 3 decades, and a stunning devotional that is getting RAVE reviews from some of our most dedicated reviewers…
This informative guide helps readers combine their love of movies with their desire to grow closer to God. Foremost experts on faith and film, all connected with the Reel Spirituality Institute at Fuller Seminary, explore forty leading movies from the last four decades to encourage movie lovers and small groups to reflect critically and theologically on their film choices. God in the Movies introduces and analyzes the spiritual content of top films from the 1980s through the 2010s, opening viewers up to a conversation about life, faith, and God.
Following a format similar to Barsotti and Johnston’s successful Finding God in the Movies, this completely new book covers different films spanning four decades. This engaging resource contains production notes and film synopses, relevant Scripture texts, theological reflection, discussion questions, film stills, recommended film clips, and more, serving as a treasure chest for hours of film viewing, discussion, and ministry. Clips from the movies referenced in each chapter are available online.
“God in the Movies is a thick volume with in-depth discussions for 40 movies, all released between 1981 and 2014. This extensive list includes classics such as: “Chariots of Fire”, “Groundhog Day”, “Up”, “Life of Pi”, and of course many more…In many cases, it went above and beyond my expectations. For example, the Appendices at the back of the book are one of my favorite features: Movies Listed by Biblical Text, and Movies Listed by Theological Topic…the book as a whole is definitely not family-friendly, BUT many of the individual films can be viewed by younger audiences (for example “Up” and “Wall-E”). Overall, if you are a mature moviegoer who would love some wise additional guidance in finding elements of faith in films, don’t miss God in the Movies.” ~ Prairie Sky Book Reviews
This Journey Is As Perennial As The Seasons
GraceLaced is about more than pretty florals and fanciful brushwork—it’s about flourishing. With carefully crafted intention, this beautiful volume of 32 seasonal devotions from artist and author Ruth Chou Simons encourages readers in any circumstance to become deeply rooted in God’s faithful promises. GraceLaced extends a soul-stirring invitation to draw close to God while…
- resting in who He is
- rehearsing the truth He says about you
- responding in faith to those truths
- remembering His provision to sustain you, time and time again
“The gentle artwork and photography quiets the soul and invites readers to slow down, drop their defenses, and be open to receive God’s Word…Some verses are printed in text, others are hand-lettered as art, and others are set out for readers to pursue in their own Bibles. Each day’s devotional finishes with a prompt for reader response: to identify a person to encourage, a fear to release, blessings to give thanks for, etc. Readers may want to have a journal handy, because this book is too pretty to write in although the spaces are there…GraceLaced is the sort of book a person can revisit again and again…” ~ Janet Sketchley
“Gracelaced is one of the most attractively bound hardcovers that I have ever encountered. It is a pleasure to behold, and the moment you crack open the cover you cannot help be mesmerized by all that lies within. Simons uses her words and artwork to walk you through the seasons of life’s journies, to realize that God’s grace is there to meet you every step of the way…I encourage the men out there to grab a copy for…the special women in their lives…Gracelaced offers up rich and satisfying food for your walk through life, and I think that your faith will be blessed by this remarkable offering. I and my wife award this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.” ~ Christian Fiction Addiction
“Confession time. I struggle with devotionals. After a few years of Bible college, it takes a lot of effort to approach books without shifting into an academic and purely analytical approach…Gracelaced is one-part devotional, one-part journal, and one-part artistic display making for a unique experience…Not only is Simons a gifted artist but the artwork serves to support the devotional themes for reflection and certainly aided this reader in moving out of my “textbook” mentality…Ruth Chou Simons has hit a wonderful balance, Her words are truth filled, challenging, and yet never without the grace proclaimed boldly on the cover… Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.” ~ Victoria
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