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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Inaccurate title, should be called "God in Twilight". 19 Nov. 2010
By E. Randolph - Published on
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I am quite irritated that I spent money on this pathetic attempt to argue for Twilight as a source of religious inspiration for young readers. The author spends more time discussing the bible and C.S. Lewis than he does explaining why Twilight is a 'Phenomenon'. What fills the pages of this book can be summed up as:

1. A christian author trying to link a best selling book to his opinion of god, in an attempt to increase the sales of his book.

2. Fluff.

I admit, I should have paid far more attention to the titles of the authors other works, and I would have realized that though the title of this book is the Twilight Phenomenon, it would likely be nothing more than yet another christan trying to tie their faith to a bestseller.

As an educator I was hoping for a book explaining why Twilight has been so overwhelmingly successful, and what it means for my students who have become so engrossed in it. This is not that book.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Best Cultural Insight Into the Twilight Phenomenon 1 Mar. 2010
By A. Clarke - Published on
Format: Paperback
Kurt Bruner, in his work Twilight Phenomenon, does three things absolutely well:
[1] Expresses the true power of story on the readers' lives,
[2] illuminates the myths of both stories and vampires, and finally,
[3] allows the readers to see the greater good that comes from knowing the content of the Twilight series.

The power of art over argument - it worked for Dickens and child labour, it worked for Bambi and the decline of hunting, so what is the power of this mega-hit?

Edward had always thought he belonged to the world of horror stories. Of course, I'd known he was dead wrong. It was obvious that he belonged here. In a fairy tale.
- Bella

Stories are made to transform, encourage and challenge us. It is obvious that Bruner does not want that to leave the reader's mind as they work through Twilight. He points out three key spiritual concepts that Twilight raises:'
[1] What it means to be human,
[2] the nature of the soul, and
[3] how romantic love inspires us towards our ultimate destiny. '
The power of story for Bruner is found in connection with spiritual formation, which takes imagination,

Boys, girls, men, and women alike love stories because we are all hungry to connect with reality."

The power found in fictional realities is what brings us face-to-face with our own realities we experience everyday, the realities that we want to run away from, and the ones we would like to forget, but the power of story is what can provide answers.

The history of the vampire within the book is quite helpful and complete. It allows the reader to see the formation of the myth as well as the literary history of the character. The turn made by the author to point the reader toward the connections between the myths that make up vampires, and the truth that is spoken from the Bible about Satan, is incredible. There is a breakdown used, to show the nature of Satan and the myths that make up vampire methodology, that will prove how sinister a true villain really is.

The connections drawn to the Twilight series are done in completion, often citing the exact location of his findings which allows the reader to draw on his conclusions and also allows for the reader to form their own thoughts on the subject. In providing the reader with both positive and negatives about the qualities found within the characters, it allows for those both for and against Twilight to see both sides. The immaturity of the love portrayed, contrasted with the virtues illuminated through Edward, is only an example of the complete functionality of this literary critic.

Bruner is quick to point out that stories only have influence if we look at the author's underlying assumption, as their spiritual agenda is often leaked out through their pen - whether they mean to or not. Thus, we need to be aware of the lenses that we, as readers, look at the story. The story is shaped by our experiences and influences, which is how we discern what is good or evil. When we become aware of these two filters, we can answer the three questions that Bruner wants his reader to focus on: '
[1] What are we made for?
[2] What is wrong with our world?
[3] How will it be made right?

These are the questions he seeks out and provides the answers for. It is these three questions and the power of the complete story that makes Twilight relevant to anyone working with youth. How are the words shaping the worldview of those in our midst? What are the experiences that draw them to these stories? Ultimately, this book will allow youth to come face-to-face with many questions they may have about their faith and worldview. The complete breakdown of this process, done by the author, makes this book worth the read and purchase, as with two movies left to go this phenomenon, it is going nowhere fast.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Words from a Spiritual Formation Pastor 15 Oct. 2009
By Robert A. Burns - Published on
Format: Paperback
What first attracted me to this book is that this pastor and noted author is a "spiritual Frormation Pastor". He defines himself as one who spends most of his time helping people take next steps on their spiritual jounrney. Wow, isn't that novel in this day. (I really have to smile when I say this!). This is a book of truth placing fantasy literature in the role it should be, and to all the readers please look for the surprises as it covers myths, the reality of vampires, the hunger for lust and love, and then of great importance the care of our souls. The conclusion has questions and answers that were raised in hearts as he discussed writing the book and then he summarizes the content of this teaching for all of us. Read an excellent book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
book doesn't deliver 27 Dec. 2011
By A. York - Published on
I'm a Twilight fan, and aside from being sucked into the storyline, there are numerous spiritual themes spread throughout the books. I've written about some of them here. I picked up this book on a whim at the discount book table in my local bookstore because I was intrigued by another Christian's opinion on the Twilight phenomenon.

The book is well researched and well-written but ultimately disappoints because it misses the mark. The sub-title for the book is: forbidden fruit or thirst-quenching fantasy; the question was not answered. The writer is clearly infatuated with the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis and there is as much written about these books as there is about the Twilight books.

Last but not least, I disagree with the author's theology. I believe in the supernatural and recognize the special abilities of some of the vampires in this story are actually gifts of the spirit, but when theology attributes evil as being a force equal (or almost equal) to the Holy Spirit, we discredit the inheritance Christians should have because the veil into heaven was ripped open at Christ's death. The special abilities vampires have are misrepresented in this book because they are attributes of heaven, not only demonic. They have been given to believers through the Holy Spirit.

It is a disappointing read, and although I enjoyed the technical aspects of the writing and research, I will only rate it a C-grade because it fails to deliver what the title promises.
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By Mawsandra - Published on
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Thought it was a book about The Twilight Phenomenon. Had a few parts from the book, but not really about the book. Didn't really like it. The title makes you think it is totally about Twilight but several other books are mentioned. Written by a pastor, it doesn't badmouth Twilight but it is, more, about religon and morals than anything else. I love all things Twilight, this is just not my cup of tea.
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