“To Write” is My Calling

Writing isn't my hobby or my profession. It is my strongest and most persistent sense of vocation. “To write” is my calling, and, with the loving support of my wife, I structure my life to be faithful to this calling.

I am proud of the books I have seen published, whether I have written them on my own, contributed to them, or edited them. My intent is to be faithful to write regardless of whether I am published or not. Daily faithfulness to the call of God on my life is what matters most.

My daily writing routine was featured in a short film inspired by the Prayer of Examen. This photo is from that film and is used with permission by FULLER studio.

Elijah Davidson writing

Books Authored

The Reel Spirituality Monograph Series

I co-edit the Reel Spirituality Monograph Series, which is published through Cascade Press, a division of Wipf & Stock. Below is information about each title in the series as well as my personal recollections on the publishing of each text. Each book cost about $20, is fun to read, and will expand your idea of where God is present at the movies.

I love making room for other talented writers to publish, and I am grateful for the trust they put in me as I come alongside them to help make their texts stronger.

Off the Map

by Niles Schwartz

The Spiritual Side of Michael Mann

Off the Map places Michael Mann's late works in deep focus, exploring our present relationship to cinema on a backdrop that swings from the blockbuster spectacle of Avatar to the curious intimacy of Moonrise Kingdom, ultimately suggesting the mysterious space between the viewer and the screen may yet become a sanctuary of deep spiritual reflection.

How to Film Truth

by Justin Wells

Searching for Deeper Truths via Documentary Filmmaking

How to Film Truth explores the history of documentary film as a search for truth by filmmakers, and a journey of discovery for subjects and audiences. This process, the act of documenting, exploring, and reflecting on our reality in all its created beauty, wonder, and mystery can itself be a devotional practice.

Perfect in Weakness

by Colin Heber-Percy

How Tarkovsky's Stalker expands our understanding of faith

Perfect in Weakness explores Stalker as a parable of faith. Faith as folly, faith as a dangerous, last-ditch attempt to attain the unattainable. To fail, to fail again, and to carry on regardless. Stalker is about crossing borders, boundaries, conventions. To transgress, to disrupt, to deconstruct is the dark impulse behind Tarkovsky's personal vision. It is also the illicit, revolutionary message at the heart of the gospel: tear down this temple, and have faith.

Becoming Alien

by Sarah Welch-Larson

In Space No One Can Hear You Theologize

The Alien films are perceived to be a fractured franchise, each one loosely related to the others, but in Welch-Larson's hands, the series becomes six views of the idea of evil-as-exploitation, its origins, and its consequences. Each film expands on the concept of evil set forth by its predecessors, complicating that conception, and retroactively enriching readings of the films that came before.

Souls for Sale

by Terry Lindvall

Hollywood's First Satire about its Relationship with the Church

Howard Hughes's brother Rupert's adaptation of his sly novel challenged the religious hierarchy of his day, but ultimately fell by the wayside, even with the support of Hollywood icons like Eric von Stroheim and Charlie Chaplin. Souls for Sale offers a glimpse into the emerging Jazz age of moviemaking against the backdrop of a country moving from its traditional roots into the kinetic ways of Hollywood.

Fear Not!

by Josh Larsen

God Meets With Us in the Darkest Darkness

Why would anyone want to watch horror movies? Why would Christians, in particular? Combining critical observation and theological reflection, Josh Larsen devotes each chapter to a different horror subgenre, connecting that subgenre to a commonly shared fear. In addition to considering how the Bible acknowledges and speaks to that fear, each chapter demonstrates how the related themes, narratives, and aesthetics of a handful of films can be viewed through a corresponding theological lens.