New Book “Movies Are Prayers”, By Filmspotting Co-Host, Explores How Movies Emerge From Spiritual Longing (VIDEOS/LINK)


“Even the howl of the atheist is directed at the God they don’t acknowledge.”

This sentiment reflects the expansive thesis set by Josh Larsen, author of the new book “Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings.”

Larsen, co-host of Filmspotting (one of the most popular movie podcasts for over a decade), does not examine “Christian movies” or Faith-based cinema. Instead, the editor and film critic for ThinkChristian looks at the totality of cinema – from Hollywood classics to contemporary hits to all kinds of films in-between – to see how yearnings for God are expressed in the movies:

  • “Movies can be many things: escapist experiences, historical artifacts, business ventures, and artistic expressions, to name a few. I’d like to suggest that they can also be prayers.”

His suggestion? Spiritual depth is so innate that it is inevitably expressed in art, including movies, even when a filmmaker doesn’t consciously intend to do so. The root of authentic artistic expression emerges from the spirit.

The book, published by InterVarsity Press, is available now in bookstores and online (Amazon link here).

To hear more from Larsen about what his new book explores, watch the videos below. To read his latest film reviews, visit Larsen On Film.



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