Category: Books, Movies and Television


You Gotta Read War and Peace!


I just finished reading War and Peace. I knew it was long, but I didn't know it was awesome! If you like stories about the two lovers finally overcoming their own pride and prejudice, like you find in Jane Austen novels, If you like stories where individuals get are overcome...

Some notes about Hollywood Films


"Can't we just watch it?!" When watching a movie in class, many of my students complain when I stop it in order to engage in a discussion of what the movie is presenting.  My response to their "Can't we just watch it?" is always, sure.  "Sure, this Friday night, in your...

Mad Max: Fury Road


I just got back from watching Mad Max: Fury Road [SPOILER ALERT]. It didn't take me too long to wonder if I had made a mistake--it's a bit over the top. The world into which we are dropped is pretty terrible--I expected it to be terrible, but not that gross....

Now those are some good lyrics . . .


I'm a big fan of Josh Garrels and his latest album, Home, was just released.  (He's giving it away! Click here to download. [Don't forget to give a tip.]) I often lament that the lyrics of so many of the songs Christians sing are artless. Not so with Josh Garrels. Here are...

The Equalizer


I just finished watching The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington. It's a movie like many in the genre. [SPOILER ALERT] There are bad guys and the good guy kills them all. The bad guys are dirty cops and various levels of the Russian mafia. They make a lot of money doing...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — Two Inconsistencies


John Wheelwright’s view of a radical transcendence (God is there, but he's so very, very far away), results in his inability to experience a flourishing faith like that of Owen Meany or many of his spiritual mentors since. I can't help but wonder if this is a result of John...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Shot”


In A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving presents an incarnational spirituality in the novel. Owen is the character that embodies this view of reality. That Irving is not able to embrace the incarnational view is manifest in the conversion of the story’s narrator, John Wheelwright. Wheelwright ends up believing...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Finger”


This post will not be about the finger.  You probably already figured out that through the removal of his finger, John Wheelwright joins Chief Watahantowet, the armadillo, the dressmaker's dummy, the Mary Magdalene statue in armlessness. By this point in the novel we have a pretty good understanding of the person...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Dream”


In the seventh chapter of A Prayer for Owen Meany, Owen's life continues to parallel that of Jesus: Because of Owen's attacks on the establishment, especially the hypocrisy of the new headmaster. Owen is brought before the Sanhedrin –he is called irreverent (289) and antireligious (409, 413). Eventually Owen’s enemies...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Voice”


The life of Owen Meany has many parallels to that of Jesus Christ. Who else is Hester, but Owen’s Mary Magdalene? She has “the reputation for promiscuity [and is]devoted to Owen, yet so far as anyone knows, they are never lovers” (Sykes 64). Another parallel between Owen and Jesus is...