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More About Kurt Bruner
KURT BRUNER is a graduate of Talbot Seminary who spends most of his time as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas. He and Olivia host the HomePointe ministry, helping create a culture of intentional families. Kurt also serves as Executive Director for the Strong Families Innovation Alliance, a network of leading churches driving new strategies for impacting the home. The bestselling author of more than a dozen books, Kurt spent twenty years with Focus on the Family where he was Vice President over films, books, magazines, radio drama, broadcasting, internet and other media groups. STEVE STROOPE is Lead Pastor of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas. He also provides coaching to partnership churches and missionaries throughout the world. He is a sought-after speaker and is the co-author of Money Matters in the Church. A graduate of Hardin Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Steve and his wife, Marsha, have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
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The Best Cultural Insight Into the Twilight Phenomenon Mar 1, 2010
Kurt Bruner, in his work Twilight Phenomenon, does three things absolutely well:  Expresses the true power of story on the readers' lives,  illuminates the myths of both stories and vampires, and finally,  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:  What it means to be human,  the nature of the soul, and  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:  What are we made for?  What is wrong with our world?  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.
An Objective Analysis of a Phenomenon in Popular Culture Dec 15, 2009
In "The Twilight Phenomenon" best selling author Kurt Bruner looks at fantasy literature as a whole and the vampire stories in particular. He describes the power and imagination of story, the meaning, purpose, and sacrifice of romantic love, the reality and destiny of the soul, and the nature of evil.
Bruner writes to help the reader to take the next step in their in their spiritual formation, to awaken real world concerns, spiritual realities, and the nature of good and evil as these mirror moral and spiritual conflict. He introduces the importance of world view with questions that must be answered by the reader: What are we made for? What is wrong with our world? How will it be made right?
The book provides the reader with a thorough objective analysis of "The Twilight Phenomenon" and shows how the creative imagination opens a window to connect world reality through fantasy and the story.
Bruner's writing captivates the reader with emotional encouragement, intellectual challenge, and spiritual transformation. A unique combination of instruction, entertainment, and inspiration.
Definitely Forbidden Fruit and Fantasy Nov 14, 2009
This is a excellent review of the Twilight Phenomenon for those who want to know about this growing trend. Unfortunately it does not emphasize that some take vampires very seriously. I found this out years ago while witnessing on the streets of New Orleans. Some very young kids invited me to go inside a vampire store. These children believed in vampires and wanted to indoctrinate me. I foreseen a very strange wave of this belief and practice attempting to take place in free America. Granted most people realize that this is fiction, but unfortunately there are people out there who are ready to try anything. Another point to remember is that this phenomenon when practiced is sexual, rather than fantasy.
The Twilight Phenomenon Nov 13, 2009
The author, Kurt Brunner explores the fact that in every fiction story we are searching for an eternal kingdom with the Lord Jesus. This is a great read if you are looking to witness to those who are searching for Christ through fantasy.
twilight Oct 30, 2009
This book reveals the truths behind fantasy literature and films. There is some spiritual truths behind these stories through which we can encounter real-world answers.