September 15, 2005
Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz and the most recent Through Painted Deserts (which is actually a rewrite of 2000's Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance), talks with CT editor Stan Guthrie. It's actually a really short interview, but it starts to get into questions of absolute truth. It actually ends so abruptly you wonder what happened:
Miller: It wasn't until I understood that the dynamic of our faith is relational rather than logical that I started maturing in my faith.
Guthrie: Can't you bring them together?
Miller: Well, certainly you can.
Guthrie: "Rather than" is pretty stark.
Miller: It is very stark. But it's the language of our culture.
Guthrie: So you're overstating your case.
Miller: I'm overstating my case, because I don't feel like anybody will listen if I don't.
September 13, 2005
Filmed in 2003 with an estimated budget of $400,000 nobody expected much from Napoleon Dynamite. But when it came out in 2004 it quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Now you can buy "Vote for Pedro" T-shirts at Wal-Mart and Napoleon and Pedro recently reunited to promote the 150th Utah State Fair.
In the midst of all the pop culture hoopla and tater tots comes a book exploring the spiritual dimension of Napoleon Dynamite from a Christian perspective, Taming the Liger: Unexpected Spiritual Lessons from Napoleon Dynamite written by Jeff Dunn and Adam Palmer. We e-mailed Adam for the inside story, and we hope it makes your wildest dreams come true.
What possessed you to write a book about Napoleon Dynamite?
The devil himself. I'm just like Judas Iscariot.
June 20, 2005
Conservative radio personality, author and blogger Hugh Hewitt talks with Stan Guthrie about his most recent book, Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation that's Changing Your World.
Hewitt covers much of the same territory that's in his book, especially the connection between the Protestant Reformation and the current blog "information reformation," the impact blogs have on businesses (he gives a recent PepsiCo example), how you can start your own blog, and what he sees as the future of blogging: aggregate blogs.
May 16, 2005
The end of the world is seriously nigh. Or so people have been saying for thousands of years. Author Jason Boyett takes a swipe at all that prophetic nay-saying and teaches people a thing or two about the end times in his latest book, Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse (read the review). Jason was kind enough to submit to an e-mail interview, which gives you an in-depth look at poking fun at the apocalypse, as well as reveals what we all wanted to know: Jason's favorite Buffy episode.
Why the Apocalypse? What on earth—or beyond the earth—possessed you to write a guide to the end of the world?
I want to become rich and famous as an author. And, these days, in order to become a rich and famous author, you either need to write a book with "Purpose-Driven" in the title or you need to write about the End Times. I chose the latter.