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Recommendations for Additional Reading
Other Books that are Well Worth a Read

Christianity/Christian Living

Christianity & Culture/Arts/Film

  • Addicted to Mediocrity: Contemporary Christians and the Arts - Franky Schaeffer
  • All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular CultureKenneth A. Myers
  • Art And the Bible: Two Essays – Francis A. Schaeffer
  • Art for God’s Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts – Philip Graham Ryken
  • Art in Action: Toward a Christian Aesthetic – Nicholas Wolterstorff
  • Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture – Barbara Nicolosi
  • Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular CultureWilliam Romanowski
  • Hollywood Censored: Morality Codes, Catholics, and the Movies – Gregory D. Black
  • Hollywood Worldviews – Brian Godawa
  • How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture – Francis A. Schaeffer
  • HP The Hollywood Project: A Look Into The Minds of the Makers of Spiritually Relevant Films – Alex Field
  • Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts – Steve Turner
  • A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture – Craig Detweiler
  • Movies That Matter: Reading Film Through the Lens of Faith – Richard Leonard
  • Reading Between the Lines: A Christian Guide to Literature – Gene Edward, Jr. Veith
  • Reframing Theology and Film: New Focus for an Emerging DisciplineRobert Johnston
  • Roaring LambsRobert Briner
  • The Heart of the ArtistRory Noland
  • The Liberated Imagination: Thinking Christianly about the Arts – Leland Ryken
  • The Making of American Audiences: From Stage to Television, 1750-1990 – Richard Butsch
  • The Message Behind the Movie: How to Engage With a Film Without Disengaging Your FaithDouglas Beaumont
  • Through a Screen DarklyJeffrey Overstreet
  • Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural CaptivityNancy R. Pearcey
  • Useless Beauty: Ecclesiastes through the Lens of Contemporary FilmRobert Johnston
  • Visual Faith: Art, Theology, and Worship in DialogueWilliam Dyrness
  • Word Pictures: Knowing God Through Story & Imagination – Brian Godawa

Social Marketing

  • Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business – Neil Postman
  • Branded Entertainment: Product Placement & Brand Strategy in the Entertainment Business – Jean-Marc Lehu
  • How to Watch TV News: Revised Edition – Neil Postman
  • Marketing Social Change: Changing Behavior to Promote Health, Social Development, and the Environment – Alan R. Andreasen
  • Media LiteracyDr. W. James Potter
  • Pop Culture Wars: Religion & the Role of Entertainment in American Life – William D. Romanowski
  • Public Relations: Strategies and Tactics – Dennis L. Wilcox
  • The Art of Cause Marketing: How to Use Advertising to Change Personal Behavior and Public Policy – Richard Earle
  • The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art – Roger Kimball

Film History

  • Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know – Jennifer Van Sijll
  • Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen –Steve Katz
  • Film History: An Introduction – Kristin Thompson
  • Film School: How to Watch DVDs and Learn Everything About Filmmaking – Richard D. Pepperman
  • How to Read a BookMortimer J. Adler
  • In the Blink of an Eye – Walter Murch
  • Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema; 1930-1934Thomas Doherty
  • The Film Snob’s Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Filmological Knowledge – David Kemp
  • The Oxford History of World CinemaGeoffrey Nowell-Smith
  • The Visual Story: Seeing the Structure of Film, TV and New Media – Bruce Block


  • Holy Writ as Oral Lit: The Bible as Folklore – Alan Dundes
  • In Quest of the Hero – Otto Rank, Lord Fitzroy Richard Somerset Raglan and Alan Dundes
  • Myth & the Movies: Discovering the Myth Structure of 50 Unforgettable Films – Stuart Voytilla
  • Poetics – Aristotle
  • Sacred Narrative: Readings in the Theory of Myth – Alan Dundes
  • Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting – Syd Field
  • The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives – Lajos Egri
  • The Golden Bough – James George Frazer
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell
  • The Hero: A Study in Tradition, Myth, and Drama – Lord Fitzroy Richard Somerset Raglan
  • The Power of Myth – Joseph Campbell
  • The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers – Christopher Vogler