The Stories We Tell: How Tv and Movies Long For and Echo the Truth
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About "The Stories We Tell: How Tv and Movies Long For and Echo the Truth"
:The average American watches 5 hours of TV daily and, each year, we collectively spend about $30 billion on movies. Simply put, we're entertainment junkies. But can we learn something from our insatiable addiction to stories? Mike Cosper thinks so-arguing that popular shows and movies speak volumes about who we are as broken people living in a broken world. From horror flicks to rom-coms, the tales we tell and the myths we weave inevitably echo the one, great narrative underlying all of history: the story of man's tragic sin and God's triumphant salvation. Cosper shows how modern entertainment reveals humanity's universal longing for redemption as he explores a variety of genres, influential films, and shows, ultimately teaching us how to engage with and evaluate what we watch.
Meet the Authors
Mike Cosper is the executive director of Harbor Media, a non-profit media company serving Christians in a post-Christian world. He served for sixteen years as a pastor at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the author of Recapturing the Wonder ,nbsp; The Stories We Tell, and nbsp; Rhythms of Grace . He lives with his family in Louisville, Kentucky. nbsp; nbsp;
Timothy Keller (Fwrd)
Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy. For over twenty-five years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.
He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which starts new churches in New York and other global cities, and publishes books and resources for faith in an urban culture. In ten years they helped to launch over 250 churches in 48 cities. More recently, Dr. Keller's books - including the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God - have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 15 languages.
Tim was born in 1950, raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He previously served as the pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Hopewell, Virginia, Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and Director of Mercy Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America.
Tim and his wife Kathy have three adult sons.
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It takes Cosper a little to get warmed up but, once he starts addressing movies, the book is thoroughly engaging...especially if you like watching movies. Cosper's thesis; the stories we read in books and see in movies have greater truth within them and "echo" a familiar cry as that which comes from the bible's trajectory of creation, fall, redemption and consummation. With that framework Cosper looks at movies through Christian eyes discussing the Creation motif in movies with a sense of longing for home. Fall a sense of paradise lost. Pulp fiction with a heading of Redemptive violence. Ending with a chapter on our internal longing for something greater. Cosper spends a lengthy part of the book examining the cult TV series Mad Men. Personally I haven't watched Mad Men and yet Cosper's engaging writing methods gives enough detail to keep you intrigued, but also guiding the reader with enough detail to grasp his point (Would it be worth watching the TV series before hand - i would say yes, but not necessary). There is much to recommend and more that can be discussed in this short read, such as Cosper's use of "The Big Lebowski" to point to a Messianic figure and seeing superheroes as a metaphor for a saviour the world desperately needs. 4.75