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Joseph Smith’s Cure for Hipocrisy

2018-08-05T17:54:00+00:00By |

Joseph W. Smith is a teacher, speaker, film critic, journalist and author living in Northcentral Pennsylvania, with his wife.

Let's Talk Books with Robin Van Auken - Joseph W. Smith IIIThe son of a professional journalist, Joe wrote his first book when he was 12, “… an ambitious and profusely illustrated sci-fi opus called Project Jupiter.” He jokes it, “… took me another 37 years to hit publishing pay-dirt with my study of Hitchcock, The Psycho File.”​

His first published book, The Psycho File, is a comprehensive guide to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror film, “Psycho,” starring  Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh.

His second book explores topics many Christians avoiding talking about: Sex and Violence in the Bible. Joe champions a frank and forthright approach in the book.

He’s shopping his new book, Transparency: A Cure for Hypocrisy in the Modern Church, searching for a new publisher, and he’s finding that process to be a bit daunting. The publishing landscape has changed in the decade since he sold his first book.

We talk about the changes in the publishing industry, and how difficult it is to place books with publishers today. We also discuss living in a small town, and the the importance of hometown newspaper, and its role in nurturing writers. We even chat about the writing legacy, passed down from father to son, and how his own son has inherited the “writing gene.”

You can learn more about Joe’s Books on Amazon:

The Psycho File: A Comprehensive Guide to Hitchcock’s Classic Shocker

An examination of the groundbreaking 1960 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, including the story’s origins in real-life graverobber Ed Gein. The book presents material from the script and how it was adapted from Robert Bloch’s novel; details of the film’s production, particularly the shower scene and other technical difficulties; actors and the challenges of their roles; extended literary analysis of the film covering such devices as irony, symbol, theme, motif and foil; and the film’s effect on audiences. Features 16 photographs, notes, bibliography and index.

Sex and Violence in the Bible: A Survey of Explicit Content in the Holy Book

Christians needn’t be any more squeamish than the Bible itself is—and it contains many things that most Christians shy away from! In this carefully organized catalog of sexual, violent, and other blunt biblical passages, Joseph Smith develops a “Christian aesthetic” to help us process our culture’s daily deluge of such material.

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Joseph W. Smith III

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  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Psycho (the film)
  • Williamsport, PA
  • Williamsport Sun-Gazette
  • Publishing
  • Sex & Violence in the Bible
  • Open Hearts
  • Hands on Heritage
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Robin Van Auken, CEO of Hands on Heritage, is a writer and researcher, with 35+ years experience interviewing people and telling stories. Her educational background combines advanced degrees in Communications and Anthropology, with a focus on Public and Historical (Military/Industrial Sites) Archaeology. In addition to her work as a journalist, she is the author and co-author of a dozen books on regional history. An adjunct college instructor, she has directed multi-year historical and archaeological projects, working with hundreds of volunteers and temporary staff, and educating thousands of visitors.