Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings

Josh Larsen (Author) Matt Zoller Seitz (Foreword by)

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IVP Books
Publish Date
June 13, 2017
5.4 X 0.6 X 8.1 inches | 0.44 pounds
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About the Author

Josh Larsen is the co-host of the radio show and podcast Filmspotting, as well as editor and film critic at Think Christian, a faith and culture website. He's been writing and speaking about movies professionally for more than two decades. Josh's career began in the mainstream newspaper business, where he started out as a beat reporter for a weekly community newspaper and went on to become the film critic for the Chicago-based Sun-Times Media for more than ten years. In 2011, he joined the Christian media landscape as editor of Think Christian, and in 2012 he joined the long-running weekly podcast Filmspotting, aired on WBEZ in Chicago. A veteran of the Sundance, Toronto, and Chicago International Film Festivals, Josh has given talks on film and faith at various Christian colleges. He also led the "Ebert Interruptus," a tradition established by Roger Ebert that analyzes a single film scene by scene over several days, at the University of Colorado's Conference on World Affairs. Josh lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two daughters.
Matt Zoller Seitz is the editor in chief of; the TV critic for New York magazine; the author of The Wes Anderson Collection, The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Oliver Stone Experience, and Mad Men Carousel; and the coauthor of The Sopranos Sessions. He is based in New York City.


"Larsen is careful not to miscast particular filmmakers as deliberately setting out to create prayers. But by focusing on how films voice the deepest human longings, he makes a compelling case that movies are prayer-like for their creators--and for audience members who resonate with what they see on the screen. And so he compels us to approach movies and our fellow filmgoers humbly, with an eye and an ear toward those longings. I'll happily add my 'Amen.'"--Elijah Davidson, Christianity Today, July/August 2017
"Whether you are more interested in prayer or movies, this book will inspire you to enhance your experience of both subjects."--Kristy Quist, Banner, June 22, 2017