SAINT PAUL RETURNS TO THE MOVIES by Robert Jewett
In this book, the author, Robert Jewett, looks at ten major Hollywood films that focus on themes related to shame and analyzes them - and by extension, today's social consciousness - in light of what the apostle Paul says on the topic. After an illuminating chapter on the relation of honor, shame and grace in Paul and in the modern cinema, Jewett explores these themes as they are depicted in the films: The Prince of Tides, Babette's Feast, Forrest Gump, Mr. Holland's Opus, Groundhog Day, Babe, The Edge of the City, The Firm, Unforgiven and Shawshank Redemption. Jewett's engaging dialogue between movies and biblical texts reveals the cinema's unique capacity to uncover one of the deepest and most pervasive dilemmas of the human heart - a dilemma that the gospel message openly and redemptively confronts."
I did receive the following comment from one preacher regarding Jewett's first book of this type which was called St. Paul At the Movies (now out of print).
"I read Jewett's first book on this subject; and it was great. One congregation I know rented the videos and showed them in folks homes with theological discussion using Jewett's book afterward." (Submitted by Mike Mansfield [Cumberland County Parish (United Methodist)](Mike may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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