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Most recently, he wrote and directed the documentary Wall of Separation for PBS, Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate for CBC Network, and School's Out: Political Correctness Vs. Academic Freedom for Boulevard Pictures. He also adapted to film the bestselling supernatural novel The Visitation by best-selling author Frank Peretti for Ralph Winter (X-Men, Wolverine).
Mr. Godawa's scripts have won multiple awards in such screenplay competitions as Carl Sautter, The Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Heart of Film, Fade-In, Worldfest, Writer's Network, Chesterfield Writer's Film Project, Columbus Discovery Awards and Reader's Digest Screenplay Competition.
He gives lectures at high schools and colleges on screenwriting, as well as the art of watching and writing movies. He has had his articles on movies and philosophy published in magazines around the world, most recently winning First Place from the EPA for his article on the philosophy of The Matrix.
His popular book, Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment (InterVarsity Press) is used as a textbook in schools around the country. His book Word Pictures: Knowing God Through Story and Imagination (IVP) addresses the power of image and story in the pages of the Bible to transform the Christian life. His new novel series, the saga Chronicles of the Nephilim is an imaginative retelling of the primeval history of Genesis, the secret plan of the fallen Watchers, and the War of the Seed of the Serpent with the Seed of Eve.
His main website is www.godawa.com.
His novel website is www.ChroniclesoftheNephilim.com
Details on his books, articles and seminars can be found at www.hollywoodworldviews.com
Top Customer Reviews
One of the only qualms I have is that I'm not sure I agree entirely with Brian's hermeneutic, which seems to argue that when it comes to stories in the Bible, it isn't a matter of historical accuracy, instead it's a matter of how it's said and the one who subverts it. I think the application of this could be taken too far, particularly when it comes to the Creation account in Genesis, and if it were applied to other parts of Scripture, such as the Gospel account. Bottom line: the danger is that this hermeneutic could rob Scripture of its historical authenticity and theological force.
This aside, Myth Became Fact is a worthwhile read and challenge. If there is one thing it does incredibly well, it's in "shaking things up" for the believer and unbeliever alike.
I am fully convinced that God has called Brian for such a time as this. His rigorous and disciplined approach make every page like bites of a hearty meal. My only lament is that this book is not already required reading in every introduction to hermeneutics class in colleges, churches, and bible studies throughout Christendom.
C.S. Lewis' concept of myth-become-fact has always intrigued me. This book develops it in a fascinating and faith-affirming way.
Instead of running from myth(s) in the Bible, Godawa furthers Lewis' argument with detailed scholarship and quality writing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for both believers and skeptics.
He spends some time discussing the Near East imagery used in throughout the Bible, particularly in the creation account. His argument (drawn largely from the work of John H. Walton) is that understanding the Near East imagery dispenses with all the debates on how to interpret Genesis. While there is a lot of value in what he's writing in understanding the proper context of many verses throughout the Bible, he may be taking the argument too far in Genesis. Yes, there are obvious Near East parallels, but does that mean no multiple layers of meaning? Is this not the inspired word of God?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good starter for better understanding the world in which the bible was written.Published 5 months ago by jason mcguire
I read this book just because of its excellent reviews. I thought the author didn't have the "theology pedigree" to write a serious book on Bible interpretation. Boy, was I wrong! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Reader1967
Just as CS Lewis has always done, Brian Godawa continually challenges believers not to limit God’s creativity to the boundaries of their own understanding. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Shari
An interesting boo, consisting of a collection of previously published essays. All are heavily footnoted and some are from respected journals. Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by William R. Bradford
If you've ever read Brian Godawa's other books like Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment or Word Pictures: Knowing God Through Story and Imagination, or... Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by Bigshaker
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