This Just In: A Life Observed by Devin Brown (and a Giveaway)

C. S. Lewis is one of the most influential Christian writers of our time. The Chronicles of Narnia has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and all Lewis’s works are estimated to sell 6 million copies annually. At the fiftieth anniversary of his death, Lewis expert Devin Brown brings the beloved author’s story to life in a fresh, accessible, and moving biography through focusing on Lewis’s spiritual journey.

Although it was clear from the start that Lewis would be a writer, it was not always clear he would become a Christian. Drawing on Lewis’s autobiographical works, books by those who knew him personally, and his apologetic and fictional writing, this book tells the inspiring story of Lewis’s journey from cynical atheist to joyous Christian and challenges readers to follow their own calling. The book allows Lewis to tell his own life story in a uniquely powerful manner while shedding light on his best-known works.

Devin Brown (PhD, University of South Carolina) is a Lilly scholar and professor of English at Asbury University. A C. S. Lewis aficionado, Brown has written, taught, and lectured on Lewis extensively for more than ten years. He has authored a number of books related to Lewis, including Inside Narnia and Inside Prince Caspian, and lives in Kentucky. In 2008 Brown was invited to serve as scholar-in-residence at the Kilns, Lewis’s home in Oxford.

 

Praise for A Life Observed:

“This book has the essential quality of a biography—it’s reliable.”
—Walter Hooper, C. S. Lewis’s personal secretary and editor

“Devin Brown has always been my go-to source for all things related to Middle Earth and Narnia. In A Life Observed he shows us Lewis’s remarkable journey from hardened skeptic to one of the most joyful, thoughtful, and influential apologists in the history of Christianity. Like Lewis, Devin is a pleasure to read, and you can’t help but feel a little smarter—and a little happier—when you finish this book.”
—Micheal Flaherty, cofounder and president, Walden Media

“[This] is the story of Jack’s real and true life—not the mere flash of the firefly in the infinite darkness of time that is our momentary life in this world, but the one he left this world to begin–and how he came to attain it. Brown helpfully works his way through the dross and difficulties of Jack’s earthly life in search of every factor, every influence, every event, and all of the people who showed Jack where the narrow path lay and taught him where it led. . . . I grew up with Jack as my guide. This real Jack whom I knew walks the pages of this book.”
—Douglas Greshem (from the foreword)

 

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The Weekly Hit List: July 19, 2013

Educating All God's ChildrenEducating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham was reviewed by David Swanson for The Englewood Review of Books.

If there is any doubt that public education is in crisis then Nicole Baker Fulgham’s book, Educating All God’s Children, should convince the most dubious skeptic.

“Early on she outlines the inequities most of us have become accustomed to: far greater percentages of Asian American and White students gradate high school in four years than do African American and Hispanic/Latino students; noticeably fewer African American forth-graders preform basic math skills compared with White students.

“Many of us have heard these sorts of statistics often enough that we no longer really hear them; Educating All God’s Children makes sure we listen closely while beginning to imagine a different future.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

Quick Hits:

Jim Wallis, author of On God’s Side, spoke with Dan Koh of The Huffington Post on “Religion, Politics And Finding Common Ground.”

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was referenced by Jack Heppner.

 

Esther & Daniel Giveaway Winner:

Congratulations to Steven Smith, Doug Iverson, Kelly Hahn, Thomas Irby, and Nick Norelli!

They have each won a copy of Esther & Daniel (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) by Samuel Wells and George Sumner.

Keep checking back for our next giveaway.

This Just In: Esther & Daniel by Samuel Wells and George Sumner (and a Giveaway)

Esther & Daniel

by Samuel Wells & George Sumner

ISBN: 9781587433313
Price: $32.99
Category: Commentary – Old Testament

In this addition to the acclaimed Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series, two respected scholars offer a theological exegesis of Esther and Daniel. As with other volumes in the series, this book is ideal for those called to ministry, serving as a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups.

Samuel Wells (PhD, University of Durham) is vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church at Trafalgar Square in London, England. He previously served as dean of the chapel and taught at Duke University. Wells is the author of several books, including Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics, Be Not Afraid, and Transforming Fate into Destiny: The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas.

George Sumner (PhD, Yale University) is principal and Helliwell Professor of World Mission at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario. He has served in various pastoral roles and is an honorary assistant at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Toronto.

 

Praise for Esther & Daniel:

“A fascinating conversation between two books that capture opposite aspects of the life of faith emerges in this volume of the Brazos Theological Commentary. In Esther, God seems to disappear from history, leaving the faithful to their own desperate devices. And in Daniel we read about God breaking into the chaos of history. Imaginatively and convincingly, Wells and Sumner show the theological, ethical, and even missional importance of these ‘outlier’ books within the Christian canon. Powerfully written, this book is designed to stimulate serious conversation in the church.”
Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School

“This volume in the Brazos Theological Commentary series shows two keen theological imaginations interacting with two challenging books of the Bible. Wells and Sumner offer readings of Esther and Daniel that display their insights as careful, thoughtful readers, while also revealing their roles as contemporary tradents passing on insights from their historic predecessors to their contemporary community. Preachers, students, and scholars who care about the possibility of responsible theological interpretation—especially with regard to the relation of Jewish and Christian readings of biblical books—will find much of great value here.”
A K M Adam, lecturer in New Testament, University of Glasgow

“Here is a form of biblical interpretation the church should never have forgotten. Wells and Sumner read not uncritically, not even post-critically, but with a form of criticism born of cross and resurrection. And just so they remind us how beautiful are the books of Esther and Daniel.”
Jason Byassee, senior pastor, Boone United Methodist Church; fellow in theology and leadership, Duke Divinity School

 

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Summer Book Giveaway

To kick off the summer, we are giving away five books to one lucky Brazos Blog reader.

 

On Gods Side

On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good
by Jim Wallis

| 9781587433375 | $21.99 | April 2013 |

Jim Wallis thinks our life together can be better. In this timely and provocative book, he shows us how to reclaim Jesus’s ancient and compelling vision of the common good—a vision that impacts and inspires not only our politics but also our personal lives, families, churches, neighborhoods, and world.

 

Educating All God's Children

Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can—and Should–Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids
by Nicole Baker Fulgham

| 9781587433276 | $17.99 | April 2013 |

An education expert calls Christians to champion urgently needed reform and provides concrete steps to help all children get the quality public education they deserve.

 

 

Of Games and GodOf Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games
by Kevin Schut

| 9781587433252 | $16.99 | January 2013 |

A communications expert and enthusiastic gamer offers a lively, balanced, and informed Christian perspective on video games and video game culture.

 

 

 

APublicFaith

A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good
by Miroslav Volf

| 9781587433436 | $17.99 | May 2013 |

An intellectual and applied Christian engagement with what it really means to flourish as human beings in relationship to God and one another.

 

 

A Hobbit JourneyA Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth
by Matthew Dickerson

| 9781587433009 | $16.99 | September 2012|

An expert on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy shows how a Christian worldview and themes undergird Tolkien’s classic works.

 

 

 

The Weekly Hit List: March 29, 2013

Educating All God's ChildrenEducating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham received a four-star review from Christianity Today

“Using dozens of her own similar stories, Nicole Baker Fulgham’s Educating All God’s Children . . . champions a faith-based message of ‘educational equity.’ Though fortunate enough to have attended better schools than those in her largely African American neighborhood, Fulgham argues that today’s impoverished families have little access to such mobility.

“Her book offers a candid theological plea for Christians (and, by implication, especially Republican Christians) to prioritize educational equity alongside issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. Educating All God’s Children convincingly shows scriptural mandates for closing the educational gap between low-income areas and wealthier communities.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

Jim Wallis, On God’s Side:

On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good by Jim Wallis releases on Monday (April 1).

Jim Wallis wrote “On God’s Side: For the Common Good” for Huffington Post.

Don’t miss seeing Jim Wallis on Easter Sunday, March 31, on This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

 

Quick Hits:

Luke (BTCB) by David Lyle Jeffrey was reviewed in the May/June 2013 issue of Bible Study Magazine (available to subscribers): “Those who are interested in the church fathers will find this resource helpful. Pastors will find a treasury of ready-made quotations and illustrations from church history already connected to appropriate passages of Scripture.”

A Life Observed (August 2013) by Devin Brown was mentioned in Publishers Weekly Religion Bookline: “C.S. Lewis: Still Bringing Readers Joy.”

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was recommended by Darryl Dash.

 

Educating All God’s Children Giveaway Winners:

Congratulations to Guy Williams, Tyler Glodjo, Dennis Yam, Gus Cole-Kroll, and Naomi Johnston.

They have each won a copy of Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can—and Should—Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids by Nicole Baker Fulgham on The Brazos Blog.

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Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

Don’t miss out on March ebook specials that are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 50% off.

Christians at the Border by M. Daniel Carroll R.
Performing the Faith by Stanley Hauerwas
Preface to Theology by John Howard Yoder
Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear by Scott Bader-Saye
Loving Homosexuals as Jesus Would by Chad W. Thompson

This Just In: Educating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham (and a Giveaway)

Educating All Gods ChildrenAmerica strives to be a land of equal opportunity, but our nation’s public schools are not leveling the playing field for the fifteen million children growing up in poverty. By the time kids in low-income communities are in fourth grade, they’re already three grade levels behind their peers in wealthier communities. More than half won’t graduate from high school–and many that do graduate only perform at an eighth-grade level. Only one in ten will go on to graduate from college. These students have severely diminished opportunities for personal prosperity and professional success.

Education expert Nicole Baker Fulgham explores what Christians can–and should–do to champion urgently needed reform and help improve our public schools. The book provides concrete action steps for working to ensure that all of God’s children get the quality public education they deserve. It also features personal narratives from the author and other Christian public school teachers that demonstrate how the achievement gap in public education can be solved.

Nicole Baker Fulgham (PhD, UCLA) is president and founder of The Expectations Project, a national organization that mobilizes people of faith to support public education reform and close the academic achievement gap. She is the former vice president of faith community relations at Teach For America, has appeared on CNN and ABC News, and was named to the list of “50 Women to Watch: Those Most Shaping the Church and Culture” by Christianity Today. She lives in the Washington, DC area.

 

Praise for Educating All God’s Children:

“Despite a strain of anti-intellectualism among extreme Christian conservatives, Christianity has historically been at the forefront in promoting both public and private educational systems. Baker Fulgham, who leads a faith-based education reform group, makes this point as she calls on Christians . . . to once again lead the way. While contributing valuable data on the ‘achievement gap’ between low- and high-income schools, the systemic inequities that shape academic outcomes, and innovative grassroots models of church and public school partnerships, she excels at illustrating biblical principles and personal stories in a conversational tone sure to engage the reader. Her goal is clear: she’s on a mission to bring more people of faith into the fight to save the minds of America’s low-income children. Given the unpopularity of tax increases of any kind, however, it will be critical for Christians–especially the evangelicals whom Baker Fulgham particularly addresses–to use their ‘strong and powerful advocacy voice’ for policies that will close educational gaps. Baker Fulgham is well-informed and stands on a firm historical foundation.”
Publishers Weekly

Educating All God’s Children is a compelling call to a new generation of Christians to fight poverty and injustice through committing themselves to education. Nicole Baker Fulgham is a leader who gives me hope for the future of the church and for educational equality in America. Her passion and dedication to her faith and to tackling one of the greatest challenges of our time is clear on every page. Anyone looking for a practical and faithful means of changing the world should read this book at once.”
Jim Wallis, president and CEO, Sojourners; author of On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good

“Justice will on occasion march, on other occasions protest, and on yet other occasions sing; but justice will always speak for those that cannot speak for themselves. Educating All God’s Children stands as a justice manifesto on behalf of millions who stand crippled by the epidemic of educational disparity. Nicole Baker Fulgham understands that successful movements in America require the engagement of the followers of Jesus. Accordingly, this book serves as a clarion call for the church of Jesus Christ to rise with a prophetic and moral imperative to reform our public schools.”
—Samuel Rodriguez, president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Hispanic Evangelical Association

“A powerful, engaging book about one of the most urgent challenges facing our nation today. Combining moving stories with solid data, Educating All God’s Children is a ringing challenge to provide quality education for all our children. Excellent.”
—Ronald J. Sider, president, Evangelicals for Social Action

“Nicole Baker Fulgham weaves personal experience, national statistics, educational theory, biblical teaching, and practical examples into a compelling call to transform public schools from worst to first. Everyone who cares about America’s children must read this book.”
Leith Anderson, president, National Association of Evangelicals, Washington, DC

 

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Lectionary Reflection for the Second Sunday in Lent – plus a giveaway

Luke BTCBThis excerpt comes from Luke (BTCB) by David Lyle Jeffrey, commenting on Luke 13:31-35:

What Jesus is saying, essentially, is that his ministry is now drawing rapidly to a close (the phrase “today, tomorrow, and the third day” should be taken figuratively to suggest rapid culmination rather than a literal three-day period) and that, as in the historical pattern for prophets, he will come to the end of his earthly road in Jerusalem.

It is in fact Jerusalem that is now weighing heavily on Jesus’s mind. His lament for Jerusalem is a synecdoche—a lament in which the city stands for all of Israel—which, as in his parables, has killed the prophets and stoned the messengers sent to them rather than repent.

His figure of a hen trying to gather her chicks under her wings to spare them from the ravages of fire will have special poignancy for anyone who has seen after a grassfire the burned carcass of a prairie chicken or pheasant that has sheltered and saved perhaps one or two, though seldom all, of her chicks. There is deep foreboding here, as well as parental sorrow. The image of a desolated house anticipates the house of David ravaged, the house of Jacob a wasteland.

When Jesus adds that “Jerusalem” shall not see him “until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'” (13:35), it is a way of warning that until the messengers of God are received by his chosen with gracious blessing and hospitality, Jesus himself will not again appear. Those in his immediate audience would have heard an echo of Ps. 118:26: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.” The familiar words of this psalm were sung in the “Great Hallel,” a recitation of Ps. 113-18 on every feast, in every family (Lightfoot 1979: 3.146).

The latter part, including 118:26, would have been the hymn that the Lord and the apostles sang at the end of the paschal meal on the Thursday before his crucifixion. It was called the “Great Hallel” because the head of the family or leader of the group would sing the whole, with the others singing after him the first line only of each psalm; after every verse they would respond antiphonally, singing “Hallelujah!”

No one in Jesus’s immediate audience could fail to get the deep layering of messianic portent in what Jesus is saying; it may be that later readers of Luke’s account are getting here also a literary foreshadowing of the sudden recognition of the Lord at the occasion of two disciples’ postresurrection hospitality to him, as to a stranger, at his blessing of the bread (Luke 24:13-35). The breaking of bread and blessing, a major theme in Luke, is heading toward its climactic sequence.

©2012 by David Lyle Jeffrey. Published by Brazos Press. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

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Cross Shattered ChristFor your Lenten reading, we recommend Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words by Stanley Hauerwas.

Theologian Stanley Hauerwas offers a moving reflection on Jesus’s final words from the cross. This small and powerful volume is theologically poignant and steeped in humility. Hauerwas’s pithy discussion opens our ears to the language of Scripture while opening our hearts to a truer vision of God. Touching in original and surprising ways on subjects such as praying the Psalms and our need to be remembered by Jesus, Hauerwas emphasizes Christ’s humanity as well as the sheer “differentness” of God.

Ideal for personal devotion during Lent and throughout the year, Cross-Shattered Christ offers a transformative reading of Jesus’s words that goes directly to the heart of the gospel.

We are giving away 5 copies of this book.

Lectionary Reflection for the First Sunday in Lent – plus a giveaway

LukeThis excerpt comes from Luke (BTCB) by David Lyle Jeffrey, commenting on Luke 4:1-13:

Scripture narrative presents three direct temptations by Satan; these, in canonical order, are the temptation of Adam and Eve, the temptation of Job, and the temptation of Jesus here in Luke’s Gospel. Unsurprisingly, these three episodes have been connected by Christian exegetes down through the centuries in various ways, but especially by seeing the resistance of temptation by Jesus as a paradigmatic reversal of the yielding of Even and Adam in the garden of Eden.

That this connection is invited by Luke, arranging and concluding his genealogy of Jesus as he does with Jesus as “the son of Adam, the song of God” (3:38), has seemed to much of Christian tradition an obvious element of his narrative design. Thus, Ambrose speaks for many: “There is here an Adam typology and a Genesis background to this story: as Adam is cast out of paradise into the wilderness, so Christ, the new Adam, goes into the wilderness on our behalf, then to come forth from that temptation to lead us back to paradise” (Exposition of Luke 4.7). . . .

What seems to emerge in these Lukan passages is a strong reminder that in biblical narrative in general there is a cosmic agōn or struggle taking place for the human soul (Calvin 1972: 1.135). In the temptation of Jesus, most fully recounted by Matthew and Luke (Mark mentions it only briefly and John not at all), it is as though the fundamental antagonist to God and his creation has been exposed in a face-to-face encounter with the now revealed protagonist of salvation history, the Redeemer, toward whom all the other narratives and prophecies of scripture had long been pointing.

This too is a part of the reader’s growing sense of the “fullness of time” now appearing. That this confrontation was not an accidental encounter but rather a deliberate showdown willed by the divine author of salvation history is indicated by Luke’s beginning his narrative of this event by specifying that Jesus, newly signified from heaven as God’s anointed, was “filled with the Holy Spirit” and that it was the Spirit who “led [him] . . . into the wilderness” (4:1). . . .

For the church historically spiritual conflict with the adversary has made Jesus’s example of defense by a deep sense of scripture an important principle. For Luke himself, it is the distinctive question of Jesus’s identity that takes precedence, however. Luke wants us to see that the baptized Chris, divinely ordained to his ministry of preaching the salvation of God, is uniquely, unequivocally God’s Anointed One.

Jesus, though echoing the prophets, is not their equivalent. He is rather the Son of God who alone overcame by the word of his power. When the archtempter offered just such temptations as those to which we ourselves fall heir, Jesus answered Satan in each case with a definitive word of God, citing, as in the third instance (which is a summary of Deut. 6:16), just the pertinent divine word to answer a distorted citation of that word.

 

©2012 by David Lyle Jeffrey. Published by Brazos Press. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

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Cross-Shattered ChristFor your Lenten reading, we recommend Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words by Stanley Hauerwas.

Theologian Stanley Hauerwas offers a moving reflection on Jesus’s final words from the cross. This small and powerful volume is theologically poignant and steeped in humility. Hauerwas’s pithy discussion opens our ears to the language of Scripture while opening our hearts to a truer vision of God. Touching in original and surprising ways on subjects such as praying the Psalms and our need to be remembered by Jesus, Hauerwas emphasizes Christ’s humanity as well as the sheer “differentness” of God.

Ideal for personal devotion during Lent and throughout the year, Cross-Shattered Christ offers a transformative reading of Jesus’s words that goes directly to the heart of the gospel. Now in paperback.

We are giving away 5 copies of this book.

The Weekly Hit List: January 25, 2013

A Hobbit JourneyMatthew Dickerson, author of A Hobbit Journey, was interviewed by Pieter Collier on Tolkien Library.

Q: “There are many books written with a ‘Hobbit’ connection these days, but not many get such nice reviews, what makes your book different?”

A: ” I think I have written in an engaging way. I think I’ve asked good questions. And I think there is a nice narrative arc to my book. Each time I answer one question it leads to more questions, and eventually I think it ties together nicely. I think the book does lead to a deeper understanding of Tolkien, but also explores ideas that are important in life. . . .

“I guess if I had to boil it all down, I think maybe the key aspect of my book that makes it successful is that it does provide what you might call ‘scholarly insights’ into Tolkien’s writing that an average reading might not see or be aware of, but the book doesn’t feel too academic. It is readable.”

To read the rest of the interview, click here.

 

Quick Hits:

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was reviewed by Timothy Stege for Faith Village.

It was also recommended by [D]mergent.

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was reviewed by George McGuire on The Network.

Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, had an article appear on The High Calling.

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was cited in a post on Mere Orthodoxy.

In the Ruins of the Church by R. R. Reno was recommended by Christopher Benson.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

Don’t miss the last week of our January ebook specials, which are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 40% off.

Commentary on the New Testament by Robert H. Gundry
The Character of Christian Scripture by Christopher R. Seitz
Creator Spirit by Steven R. Guthrie
Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics edited by Joel B. Green
Genesis (BTCB) by R. R. Reno
Flawed Families of the Bible by David E. Garland and Diana R. Garland
Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas
The Forgotten Ways Handbook by Alan Hirsch with Darryn Altclass

 

Of Games and God Giveaway Winners:

Congratulations to Glora DeGaetano, Timothy Dwight Davis, Jason Gardner, Chris Broussard, and Glenn E. Davis.

They have each won a copy of Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games by Kevin Schut on The Brazos Blog.

Keep checking back for our next giveaway.

Between the Lines: A Conversation with Kevin Schut – Part 1 – plus a giveaway

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We recently had the chance to talk with Kevin Schut about his new Brazos book, Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games.

Kevin Schut (PhD, University of Iowa) is associate professor and chair of the department of media and communication at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. His research uses video games to investigate the intersection of communication, technology, and culture. He has published articles and chapters on video games and history, games and mythology, and evangelical involvement with video games.

In today’s post, Kevin speaks about common misconceptions about video games.

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What are some misconceptions you think Christians have about video games?

The classic misconception is that all video games are full of violence and sex. There certainly is a group of very prominent and expensive games that fit this description, but there are lots of high-quality, fun, and popular games like Angry Birds or Crayon Physics or Scribblenauts that involve little fighting or innuendo.

Of Games and GodLikewise, many people assume video games are mindless. Again, some really are a lot more about unthinking reaction times than anything else, but most involve some level of strategic thinking, and some of them, like current hit League of Legends, are complex enough to spawn multiple websites with reams of tips, tricks, and discussions on how best to play.

Others assume video games can’t possibly be profound or artistically powerful. This is a bit more excusable, as the vast majority of video games are clichéd, very simple, or both. However, even simpler games often engage different aspects of humanity than movies or books, and some big and complicated games like Dragon Age: Origins can thoughtfully engage mature and challenging topics.

Making broad generalizations about game content is like looking at the top ten summer blockbuster movies and assuming all Hollywood movies feature robots, explosions, and skimpy outfits.

The sheer number of video games put out every year, from small indie programs for mobile devices to art games done by academics to giant commercial titles (usually called AAA games), means there are a myriad of possible experiences. There are stupid video games and thoughtful ones. Ugly and beautiful ones. Clichéd games and games that are profound artistic experiences.

It’s time for us to stop talking about video games as all one kind of thing. Instead, I think we need to start thinking about how to effectively evaluate individual games, considering things like how they were produced, what kind of artistic tools they use, the cultural forces they engage, and much more. That’s what my book tries to set up: a place to start critical engagement of the medium.

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For more information on Of Games and God, click here.
To read an excerpt, click here.

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