Christ and Pop Culture Summer 2019 Reading Guide

These are a few of our favorite books.

Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke, Free for CAPC Members

Reinke wants to help readers not be manipulated and enthralled by the spectacles of our media age. Instead, he shows that we see the greatest spectacle of all in the Cross.

Anime & Overcoming

The central message of shōnen manga seems to be that whatever obstacles you face, try hard, stay true to your values, work together with your friends, and you will prevail in the end.

Don’t Disparage Fiction

Fictional stories can help us see more clearly truths and falsehoods that seem complex in the real world.

Serial Storytelling in a Culture of Immediacy

As our only means of consuming entertainment, [binging] may turn us into fevered people impoverished for art that satisfies as only the True, the Beautiful, and the Good can.

Art. What Is It Good For?

And just as there is no one purpose for our most common and immediate medium of expression, the voice, there is likewise no one purpose for art. Art, after all, is merely voice through another medium.

When We Need More than Enough

It’s so easy to swim in the waters of enoughness because that’s where our friends and family and neighbors are.

The Common Rule by Justin Earley, Free for CAPC Members

Earley coined his rule of life “The Common Rule” because it was intended for the common American—those who, like Earley, find themselves buying into American habits that divert us from the practices of Christ and toward the practices of achievement.

Ordinary Heroism in Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three

Heroic lives are usually, in reality, as unglamorous as assistant pig-keeping.

Hacksaw Ridge and the Strange Sovereignty of God

Hacksaw Ridge, like Shusau Endō, asks us to consider the very terrifying particularity of God’s interactions with human beings.

Joining Augustine’s War Against Narcissism

We like to limit narcissism to people who think they are pretty or handsome but, in truth, it is much deeper than that.

7 Myths about Singleness by Sam Allberry, Free for CAPC Members

7 Myths about Singleness casts a vision for how being single is not a second rate path in the kingdom of God.

Hermanas by Natalia Kohn Rivera, Noemi Vega Quiñones, and Kristy Garza Robinson, Free for CAPC Members

Hermanas explores the lives of women from the Bible, weaving the truths from their narratives in with the experience of the modern Latina woman.

The Vital Love of Friendship Stories

These friendship stories—in giving us fantastic scenarios—demonstrate how in God’s economy friendship is far from cheap.

CAPC Jr.: Pop Culture Commentary from the Next Generation

In CAPC Jr., significant children in the lives of our writers pass on their own unique insights into some of their favorite cultural artifacts.

Dear Evan Hansen Addresses Our Culture’s Pervasive Loneliness

Dear Evan Hansen teaches us there is no substitute for true community.