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When the Lights Go Down: Movie Review as Christian Practice Paperback – October 9, 2014
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Dr. Mark Eckel (ThM, PhD) is Professor of Leadership, Education, & Discipleship at Capital Seminary and Graduate School. Dr. Eckel has spent over thirty years teaching various subjects through film, including how to interpret movies. Mark has served the Christian community as a high school teacher, college professor, educational consultant, conference speaker, mentor, essayist, movie reviewer, curriculum writer, and faith-learning integration leader. Mark's wife, Robin, is a second grade Christian school teacher. They have two grown children, Tyler and Chelsea. Mark and Robin are members of and contribute their gifts to Crossroads Community Church in Fishers, Indiana. Many of Mark's writings can be accessed at www.warpandwoof.org where he writes weekly.
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When The Lights Go Down is an easy and engaging read. Definitely a good book to just curl up with or for the student of interpretive process. My thoughts after reading the book: It’s one thing to go and watch a movie to be entertained, it is another to entertain what you watch. The former allows the entertained to be tossed and driven by the waves of the storyteller’s doctrine. The latter is an exercise in intentionalism employed by today’s sons of Issachar.
When the Lights Go Down is structured around 15 different headings, each with short articles by Dr. Eckel, interviews with various people depending on the subject, a review of a movie pertaining to the particular heading, and questions to be observed and discussed. In wanting to teach theory with practice (xiii), Dr. Eckel accomplishes the feat here. His desire to write this book for the casual Christian movie-goer (xiii) succeeds as he “puts the cookies on the bottom shelf” (another teaching lesson by Dr. Eckel to me). The stories he shares give the book a personal touch and will draw the reader in. One of the most fruitful features of this book is the concept of seeing movies through an apologetic-evangelistic lens (Eckel 28). I was first introduced to this notion in a Dr. Eckel class when we watched Crimes and Misdemeanors and it has not left me since. Of course, with a book about movies, some disagreement may be had between the reader and the author. The author covers this issue when he speaks on guidelines, being sure we do not fall into legalism (Eckel 56).
The main critique I would give When the Lights Go Down deals with the interview section of the book. Some of the interviews can provide some good food for thought but are not greatly intriguing. Other interviews are more captivating than others. For instance, I really enjoyed the philosophy interview with Dr. Ronnie Campbell on pages 38-46. Case in point, some interviews are more appealing than others.
All in all, When the Lights Go Down is a superb resource to add to your library. If you are a Christian and an avid-movie watcher, you need to get this book. I know, for me, there are a number of movies I want to see now because of this book. So, let’s answer the call to action, the theory with the practice, Dr. Mark Eckel gives: “Take out your notebooks. Let’s get started” (Eckel 255). Let your movie-watching be ruined…in the best possible way.