Nightmare Alley meets That Hideous Strength

In my last post, I shared a book review of William Lindsay Gresham's Nightmare Alley, an under-read noir novel with an odd connection to the Inklings. A Pilgrim in Narnia just published a longer piece I wrote about the book and it's odd parallels to C.S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength. You can read it here: …

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Movie Review: The Most Reluctant Convert

https://eclalibraries.org/2021/11/27/the-most-reluctant-convert-the-untold-story-of-c-s-lewis/ On Friday, the Evangelical Church Library Association published my review of The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis. I've published over 300 book reviews in the last 5 years, but this is my first movie review, and it was gratifying using that opportunity to get the word out about an independent …

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The Need for Problems (Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists Pt 3)

The following is part of a series on American evangelicals, considering why American Christian artists who produce high quality work tend to Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox or other high church denominations. “You need to remember this. The cat sat on the mat. That’s not a story. But the cat sat on a dog’s mat. Now …

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What Makes a Story? (Building a Better Christian Novel Pt 10)

I review Christian books, mostly nonfiction ones but I do get a Christian Fiction novel or two each month. Occasionally I’ll get one that I enjoy, and frequently I’ll give 3 or 4 stars just because I know the author means well and it’s not too terrible. However, most of the time I’m just not …

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Does Art Need to Make Us Feel Safe?

Safety has become a very important concept in Christian entertainment. Pick up any Christian parenting magazine that talks about healthy entertainment for your kids, any online guide to what entertainment Christians should or shouldn't indulge in, and you'll find it can almost all be summed up as, "anything outside this very specific zone is unhealthy …

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More of my worst book blurbs (and some by other people)

Yesterday I tweeted the last of fifty deliberately bad book blurbs describing speculative fiction stories in, well, the worst way possible. I had a lot of fun doing this, it gave me a chance to experiment with satire and humor in ways I hadn't been able to before. I also had a lot of fun …

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The Bad Book Blurb Contest: Worst Descriptions of Classic Spec Fic Books

This week, I'm going to do something a bit different from my usual blog post routine, and do something humorous. Why? Partly because we're all in a tough time right now and we could always use a few more laughs. Also because this humorous thing connects to topics I've discussed frequently in my regular posts: …

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Books and Articles on Friendship Despite Differences

When I gave a talk recently about C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien's friendship, someone commented afterwards that they really liked how the two men were able to freely discuss their differences as friends. Because I enjoy leaning into controversial topics (such as recent article about "atheist" movies), I've read a variety of books about people …

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How to Politely Disagree, According to Chesterton

How do you politely disagree with people? How do you show you don’t have the same views as someone else, even critique their views, without seeming rude or angry? Too many people (myself included) aren’t sure how to do this. Fortunately, over a hundred years ago author G.K. Chesterton helped answer that question. Chesterton’s known …

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