Stories That Relate to Us

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Hi there!

My name is Phil Strangolagalli. I am the author of “Jesus Loves Movies” an independently published book that uses movies to help people out in life. I’ve had the honor of my book being in over 500+ Barnes and Noble stores, Target, Walmart, and independent book stores all throughout the U.S. 

Jesus Loves Movies has been recognized by Tim Tebow, Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes, and Joshua Dubois. I’ve received emails, letters, and DMs from people saying how my book has impacted them. 

I went through a rough time in my life and movies were a place of comfort for me from a lot of the trauma I went through. It really is a story of how I overcame trauma and learned to cope. It was never supposed to be a book—but it became one. 

I hope to be a person that encourages and provides hope to people who are in rough times. That using a creative outlet can help people work through complex emotions. 

Phil’s Social Media: Website, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter

Phil’s Book, Jesus Loves Movies Available in paperback, Kindle, and Audible

The Count of Monte Cristo, (2002) Director, Kevin Reynolds, Based on the book by Alexandre Dumas père, Screenplay, Jay Wolpert

Twitch Live-streaming service featuring live-stream for gamers, sports competitions, music broadcasts, creative content, a subsidiary of, Inc.

The Thin Man (1934) Director, W.S. Van Duke, Novel, Danshiell Hammett, Screenplay, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich

Knives Out (2019) Director and Writer, Ryan Johnson

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, by Don Zolidis

Is He Dead? by Mark Twain based on his short story, the play was published in 2003, adapted by David Ives

The Knight of the Burning Pestle, by Francis Beaumont, first performed at the Blackfriars Theatre, London, England in 1607

The Academy Awards, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Day of the Dead, (1985) Director and Writer, George A. Romero

Shaun of the Dead, (2004) Director, Edgar Wright, Writers, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright

The Babadook (2014) Director and Writer, Jennifer Kent

Get Out (2017) Director and Writer, Jordan Peele

A Quiet Place, A Quiet Place part II, Director, John Krasinski, Screenplay by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski

Schindler’s List (1993) Director, Steven Spielberg, Book, Thomas Keneally, Screenplay, Steven Zaillian

Them! (1954) Director, Gordon Douglas, Screenplay, Ted Sherdeman, Russell Hughes, Story by George Worthing Yates

Godzilla (1954) Director, Ishirō Honda, Novel, Shigeru Kayama, Writers, Takeo Murata, Ishirō Honda

Jurassic World (2015) Director, Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton, Screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly

Jurassic Park (1993) Director, Steven Spielberg, Novel and Screenplay, Michael Crichton, Screenplay also by David Kopek

Foundation TV series, (2021 – ) Novels by Isaac Asimov, Created by Josh Friedman, David S. Goyer, multiple directors and writers

Ambulance (2022) Director, Michael Bay, based on the film “Ambulances” written by Laurits Munch-Petersen and Lars Andreas Pedersen, Screenplay, Chris Fedak

Dune (1984) Director, David Lynch, Novel, Frank Herbert, Screenplay, David Lynch

Dune (2021) Director, Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay, Jon Spats, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth

Coda (2021) Director and Screenplay, Sian Heder, Other screenplay credits, Victoria Bedos, Stanislas Carré de Malberg, Éric Lartigau, Thomas Bidegain

Ted Lasso, (2020 – ) TV series, Developed by Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudekis, Phoebe Walsh, Brett Goldstein, multiple directors and writers

The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Producer, Kevin Feige

Moon Knight (2022) Directors, Mohamed Diab, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Creator, Doug Moench, Don Perlin, multiple writers,

Morbius (2022) Director, Daniel Espinosa, Screenplay, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless

Masterpiece Theatre, on PBS

Bridgerton, TV series, (2020 – ) multiple directors, Books, Julia Quinn, Created and written by Chris Van Dusen, multiple other writers

Sanditon TV series (2019 – ) PBS Masterpiece, Created by Andrew Davies, based on an unfinished novel by Jane Austen, Directors, Charles Sturridge, Olly Blackburn, Lisa Clarke, Ethosheia Hylton, Written by Andrew Davies, and multiple others

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist


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I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story with other story lovers. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about what you’ve learned from your favorites, come join me at

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I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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