All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians & Pop Culture (Paperback, 213 pages), $18.00
by Kenneth A. Myers
Where did popular culture come from? Why is it the way it is? How does it influence Americans in general and Christians in particular? Ken Myers offers fascinating answers. He sees pop culture as a culture of diversion, preventing people from asking questions about their origin and destiny and about the meaning of life. Two aspects stand out: a quest for novelty and a desire for instant gratification. In addition, this culture offers something very appealing: the illusion that we set our own standards, are the master of our fate, deserve a break, and are worth it.
Media Revolution (Hardcover, 202 pages), $20.00
by Brian Fisher
We’ve been lied to. We’ve been lied to for more than fifty years by a powerful and pervasive media presence whose effects and influence we rarely question. These lies taint our thoughts and muddy our worldview so that often we cannot see the truth. This is the claim Brian Fisher, President and CEO of Coral Ridge Ministries makes in his book, Media Revolution. But there is hope. Although the “media of mass deception” has been negatively influencing culture for more than five decades, it is now losing its monolithic grip on the flow of information in America. Technology has opened up the world of media influence in a historically pivotal way. The democratization of media now gives anyone who desires the opportunity to share truth with those captivated by lies and deception. The time of secular media domination has ended. The “media revolution” has begun!
Stay Tuned — What Every Parent Should Know about Media (Paperback, 132 pages), $12.00
by Philip Patterson, Ph.D.
Christians are at war with popular culture and the name of the battle is the communication revolution! Where is the battlefield of this new revolution? In every room of our homes; In school classrooms and libraries; In the car when we go on vacation; Anywhere the media can reach. And it’s a revolution in which no parent gets to sit on the sidelines! “Stay tuned” is more than just a friendly imploring by the entertainment media, it’s an absolute requirement if they are to survive. So, in getting your children to “stay tuned,” anything goes. Sex, violence, vulgarity, shock — anything can be used and will be used to get your child to “stay tuned.” Once this fundamental fact is understood, the “morality” of the media
Reviewing the Movies: A Christian Response to Contemporary Film (Paperback, 187 pages), $15.00 (Not Pictured)
by Peter Fraser
With film being one of the most powerful cultural influences in America, we Christians cheat ourselves and limit our opportunities to witness to the culture when we label all movies as either “completely corrupt” or as “harmless entertainment.” The one stance thoroughly excludes a possible source of greater understanding; the other allows ungodly values to freely enter our hearts. What we need is the balance discernment provides.
A film not made solely by or about Christians can still be uplifting and connect with us spiritually–as long as it conveys truth with cinematic excellence. Yet many of us are unequipped to determine which movies meet that qualification. That’s why we need the right tools. With them we can shift to the offensive and intentionally evaluate and discuss how a movie illustrates God’s truth.
In this book, two media experts offer you those tools. Using a wide range of examples from throughout cinematic history, they explain how a film is created, what the story line means for its effectiveness, and how films impact our kids. In learning to better understand the movies and unpack their images, you’ll not only gain an informed discernment for yourself, but more importantly, help your children, friends, and the unsaved come to view Hollywood’s messages more critically and more carefully.