Sex. Graphic killings. Profanity. Adultery. Flip on the television, head for the movie theater, or open a newspaper and you can't get away from it. How do you raise a family in a world supersaturated with media extolling toxic values that are not your own? Media critic Dr. Ted Baehr and legendary entertainer Pat Boone draw from their own extensive experiences and interviews with experts to help readers understand the power of the media and its influence on families. They also examine the ongoing threats to family...
Sex. Graphic killings. Profanity. Adultery. Flip on the television, head for the movie theater, or open a newspaper and you can't get away from it. How do you raise a family in a world supersaturated with media extolling toxic values that are not your own? Media critic Dr. Ted Baehr and legendary entertainer Pat Boone draw from their own extensive experiences and interviews with experts to help readers understand the power of the media and its influence on families. They also examine the ongoing threats to family values by those in the media who promote a humanistic worldview. Media consumers are challenged to understand their own worldviews, make wise choices, and are given the information they need to do so. Baehr and Boone also look at the progress that has been made in family values programming in Hollywood and offer hope for the future.
Ted Baehr is publisher of Movieguide and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer, and media pundit. He is a popular speaker and the author of several books including Narnia Beckons, Frodo and Harry, and So You Want to Be in Pictures. He has been a featured guest on Oprah, Hannity and Colmes, CNN, ABC, FOX News, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight, and his work has been featured in such publications as TIME magazine, USA Today, TheL.A. Times, The Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and U.S. News and World Report. Baehr graduated summa cum laude in comparative literature from Dartmouth College; attended Cambridge University, the University of Bordeaux & Toulouse, and the University of Munich; graduated from New York University School of Law; and finished his theological studies at the Institute of Theology at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He and his wife, Lilly, have four children.
Pat Boone was second only to Elvis in the 1950s as the most popular singer of that decade. In his trademark white buck shoes, Boone skyrocketed to fame with hits such as Two Hearts, Ain't That A Shame, I Almost Lost My Mind, Letters in the Sand, and Sugar Moon. He appeared in fifteen films and hosted his own television series, The Pat Boone/Chevy Showroom, for three years. In the '60s and '70s, the Boone family toured as gospel singers and made gospel albums, such as The Pat Boone Family and The Family Who Prays. Pat is a direct descendant of pioneer Daniel Boone, and he and his wife Shirley have four daughters.
Foreword: Some Thoughts on a Culture-Wise Family Janet Parshall 13
The Influence of the Culture and the Mass Media of Entertainment
We Are Not in Kansas or Kiev Anymore 18
Dare to Care 30
Salt and Light 42
Snapshots of Our Culture Pat Boone 60
The Susceptibility of Children at Each Stage of Development
The Eyes of Innocence 86
Child's Play 105
The Medium and the Message
Behind the Scenes of Hollywood 122
The Power of Parables 138
Values, Principles and Worldviews
Worldviews and Beyond 156
Who Stole Our Culture? William S. Lind 178
Where Are We Going? 186
How to Develop Discernment
Asking the Right Questions About Media Influence 198
Seeing Connections of Contemporary Art and Biblical Faith Doug Adams 217
Impressing God's Commands on Our Children Dyonette Mayer 226
Is the Mainstream Media Fair and Balanced? Fred Barnes 235
Understanding the Answers
More Than Conquerors 244
For the Kids' Sake Pat Boone 254
Movieguide Review of Amazing Grace 257
About Movieguide and the Christian Film and Television Commission 268