The Stories We Tell Paperback

How TV and Movies Long for and Echo the Truth

by Mike Cosper;

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How the movies and soaps we all love to watch relate to the great underlying story of loss, redemption and salvation

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The Stories We Tell

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The average American watches 5 hours of TV daily and, each year, we collectively spend about $30 billion on movies. Simply put, we’re entertainment junkies. But can we learn something from our insatiable addiction to stories?

Mike Cosper thinks so — arguing that popular shows and movies speak volumes about who we are as broken people living in a broken world. From horror flicks to rom-coms, the tales we tell and the myths we weave inevitably echo the one, great narrative underlying all of history: the story of man’s tragic sin and God’s triumphant salvation.

Cosper shows how modern entertainment reveals humanity’s universal longing for redemption as he explores a variety of genres, influential films, and shows, ultimately teaching us how to engage with and evaluate what we watch.

The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper was published by Crossway in August 2014 and is our 65207th best seller. The ISBN for The Stories We Tell is 9781433537080.

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Introduction: A World Full of Stories

  1.  The Stories We Tell
  2.  How Far Is Too Far?
  3.  The Ghosts of Eden
  4.  The Search for Love
  5.  O, How the Mighty Have Fallen
  6.  Frustration
  7.  Shadows and Darkness
  8.  Redemptive Violence
  9.  Heroes and Messiahs
  10.  Honey Boo Boo and the Weight of Glory

Epilogue (And a Word to Christian Filmmakers)


“Mike helps us make sense of what is true and good in the stories our culture consumes, and he does it without leading us toward syncretism. With the amount of TV and movies our culture devours, this book is a must read.” — Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church.

“Like Paul at the Areopagus, Mike Cosper walks through the cultural artifacts of our entertainment industry and effectively says, ‘I can tell by your sitcoms and dramas and even your romantic comedies that you are a storytelling people who long for more. Let me introduce you to the Storyteller you don’t even realize you long to know.’ The result is a book that will change how you watch TV and movies. But more importantly, this might change the conversations you have with your neighbors.” — James Smith, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College.

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Details for The Stories We Tell

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCrossway (August 2014)
Number of Pages240
Thickness15 mm
Height210 mm
Width133 mm
Product Code4267568
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