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The Stories We Tell: How TV and Movies Long for and Echo the Truth di [Cosper, Mike]
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The average American watches 5 hours of TV every day.
Collectively, we spend roughly $30 billion on movies each year.

Simply put, we’re entertainment junkies. But can we learn something from our insatiable addiction to stories? Mike Cosper thinks so.

From horror flicks to rom-coms, the tales we tell and the myths we weave inevitably echo the narrative underlying all of history: the story of humanity’s tragic sin and God’s triumphant salvation. This entertaining book connects the dots between the stories we tell and the one, great Story—helping us better understand the longings of the human heart and thoughtfully engage with the movies and TV shows that capture our imaginations.

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5.0 su 5 stelle Everyone loves a story 11 novembre 2015
Di A. Andrew Joyce - Pubblicato su
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Everyone loves a story, and Mike Cosper is here to argue that stories are built into our psyche. His new book, The Stories We Tell is an attempt to recover the value behind storytelling, rather than just conceding the area to “a trashy modern culture. The Stories we Tell looks at common stories and movies in our culture to show how even secular TV and movies long for and echo the truth. Cosper asks the question, “Can we learn something from our insatiable addiction to stories?” Read on for more.

For someone who loves stories, Cosper’s book is a breath of fresh air. Too many people routinely condemn the latest blockbuster or bestseller as automatic garbage. While it can be true in many cases (even Cosper admits that many of the movies he uses as examples aren’t worth recommending), occasionally someone is willing to dig a little deeper into the people behind these stories. All stories are, after all, written by people for people about people, so there can be common ground anywhere. Cosper maintains that all people are looking for belonging and meaning, expressing this hope in echoes of the bigger story of the gospel.

The book doesn’t waste any time on the “How is too far?” question that Christians are fond of asking. Personally, I find this question a waste of time. Instead, Cosper leaves the meat of the book to studying the stories themselves. The Stories we Tell is rich with biblical allusions as well as pop culture breadth and depth.

This is exactly the sort of discerning, level-headed analysis that Christians need more of, and Cosper lays out some excellent ground rules as well as providing lots of examples. The book is just fun to read because so much of Cosper’s enthusiasm for storytelling bleeds through in his writing. It’s clear that he is passionate about stories and wants to see Christians do them justice, whether secular or otherwise.

Cosper also draws parallels between the gospel story and echoes of it in secular movies and TV. Let’s be clear, Cosper does not attempt to wring overwrought gospel metaphors out of stories — instead, he tracks how Jesus’ life and death on earth lays out the same basic hero narrative that’s common in many stories. Rather than using this to equate Jesus to Neo (a comparison made time and time again), Cosper supports his thesis that stories echo the gospel, even unwittingly.

He closes the book by reaffirming the strength of the gospel. The Bible, he points out, is full of liars, cheats, and womanizers. Even David, he says, is the “closest thing we get to a king,” but is still an adulterer and a murderer. It turns out there are no human heroes in the Bible, except for one. “There are no human heroes,” Cosper writes, “Everyone’s hands are stained and dirty. Had any of these men risen to the challenge and lived up to God’s standards […], we wouldn’t need the Gospel. We wouldn’t need Jesus.”

This is the final thrust of Cosper’s book: not that stories have value, not that “how far is too far” is a mostly useless argument, but that God has kept his promise, sending the world the hero it longed for. Finally, he writes, “we can hear these stories of life, death, and resurrection, knowing in our hearts that it really did happen.” Because Cosper’s entire book is rooted in this truth of the gospel, all of his understanding of story filters through this lens.

It’s a perspective that Christians need more of: too often we descend to prudish condemnation without any root in what we believe. Cosper, by solidly standing in the stream of Biblical teaching, is simultaneously more and less charitable towards secular stories than most Christians. He understands, first of all, that all stories reflect a corrupted truth that humanity is clawing desperately to get back to, somehow, without acknowledging a God. But secondly, and more importantly, Cosper has the grounding in the gospel to understand that these stories will ultimately and always fall short: that only the gospel can give people the meaning and fulfillment that they are seeking.
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5.0 su 5 stelle I profited from every well-written chapter. 30 aprile 2015
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Fascinating exploration of how the BIG story that we're living in is expressed in television and movies. Cosper is not saying that all culture is redemptive, no, instead he's saying that cultural products can't escape telling stories that yearn for and echo the True Story, no matter how twisted or diminished they are.

Cosper writes about many shows that I couldn't watch in good conscience and also wish that had never been produced, but he sees them with a clear biblical lens. I profited from every well-written chapter, especially the chapter on "frustration."

This is must-reading for anyone who wants to produce culture (Christian filmmakers, I'm looking at you!) and good reading for Christian adults who want to think about what they are taking in and make connections to the biblical storyline in which we are currently in the middle. Recommended to be read with discernment and to develop discernment.
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3.0 su 5 stelle I like it, but 9 agosto 2016
Di Jeff Thomas - Pubblicato su
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I like it, but, whenever dealing with a Christian and pop culture, there have to be these narrative breaks where the author sermonizes in order to show that they have not lost their faith. This book is no exception; the material is good; maybe a little bit self-absorbed in his reflections, and, with movies, times move by too quickly to stay relevant. For his effort, it was good, but probably not as applicable to a high school audience (for which I bought the book to review) as I had hoped.
5.0 su 5 stelle Hugh help in appreciating modern film and tv 26 marzo 2017
Di William D. Perkins - Pubblicato su
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Lots of good commentary on what makes good art, primarily in film and literature. Since I have a hard time understanding literary works, this book was helpful to me in seeing what is behind the words. I am used to technical writing and needed this help!
5.0 su 5 stelle This is a great book for christians interested in theology and film 24 luglio 2017
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This is a great book for christians interested in theology and film, especially how to reconcile the two. I particularly enjoyed the section on heroes and how they echo our longing for the savior. Well written, easily read, and considers interesting concepts.
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