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When the Lights Go Down

Movie Review as Christian Practice

by Mark D. Eckel & With Jeffrey L. Sparks



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/9/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781490854175
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781490854182
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781490854168

About the Book

“What movies have you seen lately?” is a question almost everyone asks. “How should we watch movies Christianly?” is a question Dr. Mark Eckel has been asking for thirty years. When the Lights Go Down suggests answers based on story-filled essays, movie reviews, interviews, and questions to ask while watching movies. Now the Christian practice of movie review can begin next time the lights go down!


“Mark teaches how to critically review film through the lens of biblical thinking.”
—Barry Walton, director and producer of The High: Making the Toughest Race on Earth

“I know of no other book quite like this. Highly accessible to the average layperson, it is wildly multi-faceted, a foundational course in theological movie-viewing.”
—Dr. Rosalie de Rosset, Professor of Communications and Literature, Moody Bible Institute

When the Lights Go Down is a gift to pastors.”
—Larry Renoe, Teaching Pastor at Waterstone Community Church, Littleton, Colorado 

“Mark Eckel ushers the church to a positive, approachable, fresh theological understanding of movies.”
—Jim Tudor, filmmaking professional, film critic, and co-founder of

About the Author

Dr. Mark Eckel (ThM, PhD) is Professor of Leadership, Education, & Discipleship at Capital Seminary and Graduate School. Dr. Eckel has spent over thirty years teaching various subjects through film, including how to interpret movies. Mark has served the Christian community as a high school teacher, college professor, educational consultant, conference speaker, mentor, essayist, movie reviewer, curriculum writer, and faith-learning integration leader. Mark’s wife, Robin, is a second grade Christian school teacher. They have two grown children, Tyler and Chelsea. Mark and Robin are members of and contribute their gifts to Crossroads Community Church in Fishers, Indiana. 

Many of Mark’s writings can be accessed at where he writes weekly.