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Through a Screen Darkly: Looking Closer at Beauty, Truth and Evil in the Movies Paperback – February 5, 2007

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Starred Review. If viewing a film is to be a spiritual exercise, one must be open to conversion. Overstreet, cultural commentator and film critic for Christianity Today, leads readers through his own cinematic conversion in this compelling volume. Overstreet's greatest gift is the masterful way he brings a spirit of discernment to the world of film. For example, determining when sex and violence is artfully employed or when it is just plain gratuitous is not always an easy task. Overstreet uses inspiring anecdotes from his life to show how the process of discerning the content and meaning of films takes patience, prayer and humility. He exhibits all of these traits through his movie commentaries and invites the reader to set aside biases about what is "properly" Christian and look deeper toward how cinema as an art form affects one's soul. This, according to Overstreet, is the work of God. At times, the author's stories distract from his main point, but his primary goal is one to be celebrated: "I have a strange compulsion to sit down between Christian culture and secular society, trying to help them understand each other—and ultimately, God—better through a shared experience of art." Two thumbs up! (Feb. 8)
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He writes beautifully in Through a Screen Darkly...routinely finding redemptive insights in unusual places. -- Youthworker Journal, May/June 2007
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Regal (February 5, 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0830743154
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0830743155
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 years and up
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 7 - 5
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.87 x 8.5 inches
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Jeffrey Overstreet, author of the novel "Auralia's Colors" and the film-criticism memoir "Through a Screen Darkly," teaches creative writing, academic writing, film studies, and literature courses at Seattle Pacific University. The Auralia Thread, Overstreet's fantasy series published by WaterBrook Multnomah (Random House) comprises (in this order) "Auralia's Colors," "Cyndere's Midnight," "Raven's Ladder," and "The Ale Boy's Feast." He writes about movies, music, faith, and culture at Overstreet served as Senior Film Critic at Christianity Today, and the literary arts journal Image ( has published more than 100 of his essays on cinema. He has been published in many magazines, journals, and websites, including Paste, Books & Culture, Relevant, Comment, and more. He travels internationally to speak about film, writing, and faith. He lives in Shoreline, Washington, and celebrates 25 years of marriage with the poet Anne M. Doe Overstreet ("Delicate Machinery Suspended") in 2021.

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