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Star Wars Jesus - A spiritual commentary on the reality of the Force [Paperback]

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Pages   261
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 7.01" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 26, 2007
Publisher   WINEPRESS PUBLISHERS 650
ISBN  1579218849  
EAN  9781579218843  


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Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars with this fascinating book. Star Wars Jesus deftly blends spiritual commentary with cinematic imagery to reveal Jesus to all those who love this series. The result is a refreshingly new vision of both the movie series and faith. Written in 101 entries that chronologically follow the movies, this book is well-suited to short reads from the coffee table. Generation X and Y audiences will especially enjoy Grimes' authentic and creative perspective as he fills in the gaps left by previous books on Star Wars and the Christian faith.

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Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars with this fascinating book Star Wars Jesus deftly blends spiritual commentary with cinematic imagery to reveal Jesus to all those who love this series. The result is a refreshingly new vision of both the movie series and faith. Written in 101 entries that chronologically follow the movies, this book is well suited to short reads from the coffee table. Praise for Star Wars Jesus Caleb Grimes has produced a sort of Christian commentary, poignantly and lovingly composedThere is a graceful, gentle tone to the book, which captures the pathos and child-like spirit of the movies and the myth. This is a sweet book -- for fans and also for all hopers in the triumph of love. Paul F.M. Zahl, Dean/President Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA

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A Welcome Commentary for Christian Fans of Star Wars  Jun 3, 2008
The book's title reflects a statement at the beginning of the "Hidden Bonus Entry" (not shown in the Table of Contents) which is that "this whole book is dedicated to those places in Star Wars where Jesus shows up figuratively, philosophically, and in all other wise". It is through Grimes' passionate commentary that Jesus shows up, some of it opening you to the presence, power, even conviction, of the Holy Spirit. The book's subtitle (A Spiritual Commentary on the Reality of the Force) is reflected in multiple ways in the text, but needs clarification. The Force in Star Wars is not the reality Grimes is talking about. It is taken as a metaphor for realities from a Christian perspective. On the one hand, there is the reality of the image of God in us which is able to create. Here Dorothy Sayers' book The Mind of the Maker is used for exposition (see Entry 7). On the other hand, there is the reality of the Holy Spirit who is the true and personal "force" behind the Christian way of life. These two realities are intimately compatible, and further expressed in Entry 14 in relation to "feeling the force". It is said that feeling the force is a good metaphor for both "the Holy Spirit's work in us as we worship" and "creative work", the latter being defined as "anything from the realm of banking to fine art to dirt-bike racing; anything under the sun."

I appreciated that Grimes saw the connection with the Holy Spirit and reinforces it in several places throughout the book. Here's a sample from Entry 69: "Qui-Gon teaches Obi-Wan to learn that to understand a situation he must not ignore the living Force. For us, this is like learning to discern a direction in which the Holy Spirit might be leading us, or how we receive council from God." Grimes is also open to the supernatural gifts of the Spirit and wonders how Jedi powers are similar to them. He sees the world of the supernatural as "the nugget of truth that real life witches and wizards seek" (Entry 14, page 57). Regarding occult magicians, this may be true; however, many occultists are naturalists seeking self-empowerment and desired effects through the use of what they consider to be natural metaphysical laws. They prefer the term "paranormal" to the term "supernatural". Entry 45 (related to The Empire Strikes Back) also brings up occult activities such as divination, sorcery, and witchcraft and states: "To use witchcraft and sorcery, etc., is wrong because we are not able to see behind this part of the Force to understand its evil. For a deeper explanation of this topic, read Catherine Edwards Sanders' book, The Charm of Wicca" [sic, Wicca's Charm (2005)]. What "the Force" represents here is unclear (Grimes should have clarified this), and Sanders doesn't use the term (I've read her book). She reports that a couple inexperienced Wiccans said they were trying to "channel energy" through a friend to "knock down a mental wall" and "felt a flutter of unprotected power" (Wicca's Charm, page 104). The result was "problems with voices and visions" from apparently "unwanted spirits", so an older, more experienced Wiccan was consulted to help properly shield from such negativity. Demonic activity is a biblical reality, but one that Sanders did not focus on, preferring to let the Wiccans speak for themselves. The wonderworking power of the Holy Spirit as manifest through a submitted, obedient Christian is superior to, and can overcome, any natural or demonic power from whatever source.

I also appreciated Grimes' commentary in Entry 38 as to 1) Why the dark and the light sides of the Force cannot be part of one power, 2) Why neither the Jedi nor the Sith are, or can be, one with the Force, and 3) Why the Force cannot be divine. I agree that good and evil are not opposites, although I would have worded some things differently and distinguished between the goodness of being (ontology) and the goodness of doing (ethics). In terms of the former, I would have said that neither God nor creatures are the source of their own goodness (being) because God is uncaused and creatures are God-caused. Good is eternal in God, without beginning or end, whereas evil is not eternal because it has a beginning and therefore can have an end. This means that there is more good than evil and good is more powerful than evil. It also means, as mysterious as it is, that good is the ultimate cause of evil, even if we say that it was good creatures and not God who caused it. A lot to think about here, but Grimes' commentary shows that he is aware of these truths. I further appreciated Grimes' focus on the need for spiritual disciplines in the Christian's life to help overcome the dark side (sinful nature) within and increase the influence of the Holy Spirit. Entry 99 discusses the spiritual disciplines and recommends Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster as "the classic portal". I second the recommendation.

One thing that makes Grimes' book stand out from other Star Wars commentaries, Christian or otherwise, is the way he approaches all six films in the order in which they were released, beginning with the classic trilogy and continuing through the prequel trilogy. Each movie is also approached chronologically, the author discussing certain scenes in the order of their appearance while occasionally providing entries on certain important general themes before delving back into the specifics of the film under discussion. One gets not only spiritual commentary but social and political commentary as well. The time he has spent contemplating the classic trilogy is shown by the fact that Episodes IV - VI receive well over half (68) of the entries, although the ones for the prequel trilogy are no lesser in quality.

One does not have to agree with Grimes on every point, or way of expression of certain points, to appreciate the book. It is a welcome commentary for Christian fans of Star Wars and highly recommended.
 
Thought provoking and very insightful!  Jul 16, 2007
Here is a must read, especially for Star Wars fans! The author definitely knows "his stuff" on this one! I would have never considered some of the things that the author discusses, and it was refreshing to see new ideas and thoughts!
I think this would be an excellent book for all ages, but would really help with teenagers as a way to reach out to them and share Christ with them!
All Star Wars fans should read this book! Well, done Mr. Grimes!
 
Way above the other spiritual Star Wars books  Jan 9, 2007
Although there are several books out looking at the spiritual dimension of the Star Wars movies, and although there is even a subsection of Christian ones, this one has the most insight and usefulness. The author does not stick with just one or a few of the movies but takes on all six. Christians will be amazed to see how much inspiring spiritual truth can be found in these films, some of the most popular ever created. I daresay this book could be used along with the films as a devotional. I think non-Christian readers will be challenged. It is de rigeur to find Eastern thought in the works of George Lucas. But a "strong reading" such as Grimes supplies is going to turn the world upside down for a lot fans.
 
For Star Wars fans  Dec 22, 2006
Obviously written by a star wars fan and someone who has done a lot of thinking about the movies, the force, and how it all fits into faith in the Christ. It's a good read and will challenge your thinking and give you new insights into star wars and faith. It kept my interest and challenged my thinking. If you love star wars you should read this book.
 

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