Praying the Movies II: More Daily Meditations from Classic Films

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Praying the Movies II brings together the ancient tradition of praise and prayer with a contemporary passion for the movies. Noted author and speaker Ed McNulty presents another collection of thirty-one devotionals--one a day for a month--that connect movies with the spiritual life of moviegoers. Each devotional contains passages from Scripture, an introduction to a scene from a popular film, a description of the scene, and a meditation on the themes in the scene and Scripture. Also included are questions to ...

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Overview

Praying the Movies II brings together the ancient tradition of praise and prayer with a contemporary passion for the movies. Noted author and speaker Ed McNulty presents another collection of thirty-one devotionals--one a day for a month--that connect movies with the spiritual life of moviegoers. Each devotional contains passages from Scripture, an introduction to a scene from a popular film, a description of the scene, and a meditation on the themes in the scene and Scripture. Also included are questions to encourage further reflection, a suggestion for a hymn, and a brief prayer. Ideal for individual or group study, Praying the Movies II will bring the seemingly disparate worlds of the Bible and film together, helping readers to understand each in new ways.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664226619
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author


Edward N. McNulty is the author of Praying the Movies and Praying the Movies II, both available from WJK. He is founder and editor of Visual Parables, a monthly review newsletter, and was coeditor of Real to Real, a film quarterly for youth.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1. American Beauty: Celebrating the Ordinary 23
2. Babe: An Unprejudiced Heart 28
3. Beyond Rangoon: An Inspirational Role Model 34
4. Broadway Danny Rose: "Acceptance, Forgiveness, Love" 42
5. Chocolat: How to Measure Goodness 49
6. A Civil Action: The True Worth of a Life 56
7. The Color Purple: The Return of the Prodigal Daughter 61
8. Come See the Paradise: Santa Might Say "No," But Christ Always Says "Yes" 68
9. Contact: Awesome Universe, Awesome God 71
10. Dancing at Lughnasa: A Moment of Abandonment to Joy 79
11. Dogma: An Unusual Annunciation 86
12. Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story: The Man Who Stayed, and Stayed, For Dinner 95
13. Erin Brockovich: Prophet in a Miniskirt 104
14. Fiddler on the Roof: Talking with God 110
15. The Fisher King: Table Grace 117
16. Fried Green Tomatoes: The Power of Story 123
17. Gandhi: Turning the Other Cheek--Reality or Metaphor? 132
18. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Protected by Love 138
19. The Horse Whisperer: Like the Patience of God 145
20. In the Bedroom: When Grief Blocks Forgiveness 151
21. The Iron Giant: Humans and Machines--Little Lower than Angels? 158
22. It's a Wonderful Life: "The Richest Man in Town" 165
23. Italian for Beginners: A Faith That Listens and Challenges 170
24. Magnolia: Prodigal Son, Prodigal Father 178
25. Monster's Ball: When Loving a Father Is Impossible 189
26. O Brother, Where Art Thou?: "Come On In, the Water's Fine!" 198
27. On the Waterfront: "Christ on the Docks" 203
28. Paradise Road: Heavenly Music by the Waters of Babylon 212
29. Remember the Titans: Inspired by the Past 219
30. Secrets and Lies: The Pain of Family Secrets 227
31. To Kill a Mockingbird: "Stand Up, Your Father's Passin'" 233
Appendix A 239
Appendix B 242
Appendix C 243
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