"We chronically confuse the feeling of effort with the reality of results—and for anyone working in a creative field, that means the constant risk of frittering time and energy on busywork, instead of the work that counts."- Oliver Burkeman
Now let me clarify that there's nothing inherently wrong with niche genre these films occupy. Many films are made for specific niches...Latino films, LGBT films, Mormon films, Bollywood, etc. As Peter Chattaway says,
"...there is nothing wrong with a Christian “niche”. Christians, like other groups of people, have special needs and interests, and sometimes they require special kinds of films that people outside our community won’t “get”.
The problem lies in the underlying motivation these films...to portray stories that are safe, tidy and sanitized.
Do we find solace in a formula? Safety in telling stories that portray the world we want but don't ring true with the world we live in? Therein lies the dissonance for me...the stories I see and live as a person of faith vs. the films that attempt to portray people like me. How to proceed...that's the question.
"I ask men what they do when they come home from work and they say, "Play with my kids." I ask why and they answer, "I haven't seen them all day." I then say, "Your wife hasn't seen you all day either. Why don't you go straight home, straight to your wife and let your children know your marriage is the most important relationship in your life, not your relationship with them because this is good for them to know."
John Rosemond, Nationally recognized Child psychologist
I have always wanted to read more and, of late, have found my reading decreasing to a virtual standstill. So...I'm publishing my reading list for 2010 for accountability more than anything. Too often we have "resolutions" we share with no one and, therefore, have no accountability when we fall off the wagon. So here it is...more aggressive, more diverse and a bit daunting. I found inspiration and influence from a long-time friend (Bob Hostetler, a pastor and author in Oxford, OH) and his annual list. I modeled my list much after his own and am hoping for an exciting literary year.
READING LIST 2010
The Operator: David Geffen (King)
Lucky: A Memoir (Alice Sebold)
The Moviegoer (Percy)
Black Boy (Wright)
On Writing (King)
Churchill (P. Johnson)
The Brief History of the Dead (Brockmeir)
Poet for 2010: Rainer Maria Rilke
Stories of God
Letters to a Young Poet
Selected Poetry of Rilke
Saint Maybe (Tyler)
Free Fall (Golding)
The Innocent Man (Grisham)
Weight of Glory (Lewis)
10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe (Osborne)
Jesus wants to save Christians (Bell)
Divine Conspiracy (Willard)
Sacredness of Questioning Everything (Dark)
Branding Faith (Cook)
Designful Company (Neumeier)
How the Mighty Fall (Collins)
Built to Last (Collins)
What got you here won’t get you there (Goldsmith)
The Ten Faces of Innovation (Kelley)
National Suicide (Gross)
The Phantom Tollbooth (Juster)
With Open Hands (Nouwen)
A Barclay Prayer Book (Barclay)
Provocations (Kierkegaard and Moore)
The Open Secret (Newbigin)
Brothers Karamazov (Dostoevsky)
Les Miserables (Hugo)
2. Don't kill a bad idea too soon.
3. You have permission to fail.
4. Within the boundaries, nothing is off limits.
5. Sometimes it's better just to listen
(courtesy of #DRIVE Conference twitter feed)