Friday, September 10, 2004


Several people have recommended 'Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture' by William D. Romanowski. Publisher: Brazos Press (April 1, 2001). ISBN: 1587430096

From Amazon.com: "Romanowski writes for the millions of "Christians who drink beer" those who, in tension with evangelical mores, partake of the fruits of popular culture... His scope is ambitious, including a theologically informed chapter on the nature of culture itself, to treatment of sex, violence and materialism, to a thoughtful exposition of the story structure of the typical Hollywood film.

"Grounded in Christian principles, this accessible and engaging book offers an informed and fascinating approach to popular culture. William Romanowski provides affectionate yet astute analysis of familiar, well-loved movies and television characters from 'Pretty Woman' to Homer Simpson. He speaks with expertise on films from 'Titanic' to 'Casablanca' and music from Mozart to Springsteen, bringing sources as diverse as Shakespeare and Allan Bloom into the discussion.

"Romanowski's confessional approach affirms a role for popular culture in faithful living. Practical, analytical approaches to content, meaning, and artistic style offer the tools to participate responsibly and imaginatively in popular cultural activities. A quick and enjoyable read... "

Sample pages here.

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