Critical Views

To Noah or Not?

To Noah or Not?

As probably most of you know, the movie Noah hit theaters last week. Likely, whether you’ve seen it or not, you have an opinion about it. I do. I haven’t seen it, However, I have read literally over a dozen reviews, largely from a Christian perspective, about the merits and failures of this movie. Mostly, […]

How the ‘Son of God’ movie lost me

How the ‘Son of God’ movie lost me

The Son of God movie isn’t the first movie based on a book to disappoint me. It probably won’t be the last. But it sure is the most significant. Not that I’ve actually seen the movie, as such. When the movie was first being promoted, I thought the actor looked familiar. Then, as more information […]

Quantity In Sacrifice of Quality

Quantity In Sacrifice of Quality

A major gripe I have with much of the self-publishing community is that they push for authors to get as many books out there as fast as they possibly can. This goes along with my post last week about not rewriting. I can see where some of this advice comes in. Some authors write very […]

The Power of a Hero

The Power of a Hero

I had the wonderful privilege of being asked to review Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson’s second installment of the Stormlight Archive, which releases today. The massive hardback totals out at 1080 pages and could serve as a weapon of mass destruction against the rodents who nightly invade my trash cans. And every page is worth […]

The Truth About Arizona’s Hate Legislation

The Truth About Arizona’s Hate Legislation

Arizona has been in the news a lot lately because of new proposed legislation. Popular opinion in the media and the outraged public is calling this “hate legislation” and saying it will “legalize discrimination.” And I have to wonder. Have any of the people who are opposed to the bill actually read it? Because, honestly, […]

My Body, My Choice

My Body, My Choice

Yesterday here in Arizona there was a rally held in front of the state capitol to protest a bill that was being considered regarding the rights of women who choose homebirths and the midwives who attend these births. Basically, as I understand it, the bill was written awhile back, last year I think, and both […]

Don’t Confuse A Good Story with Good Writing

Don’t Confuse A Good Story with Good Writing

I recently read a book that was so badly in need of editing that I literally dreamed about going through it with a red pen. Don’t get me wrong. It was a good story. The author could spell (or use spellcheck appropriately) and the grammar was good. There were decently developed characters and an intriguing […]

Examining Doctor Who in light of faith

Examining Doctor Who in light of faith

With tomorrow being the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, I wanted to write a clever, witty, insightful column about the show. But I would be hard-pressed to do a better job of it than E. Stephen Burnett and the folks at Christ and Pop Culture, who have spent the month compiling a collection of such […]