What the Big Screen Batman Can Teach Us
About God and Ourselves
What do God, Batman, Christians and
villains have in common? Paul Asay's book comparing the Batman to
the Christian experience. Mr. Asay takes us on a journey through
the more recent movie incarnations of the Batman and a selection of
his villianous counterparts.... the Joker, Bane, Two-Face, and
others. He delves into the various ways we are like Batman facing a
variety of obstacles in our everyday adventure of life. Mr. Asay
doesn't portray Batman as a Christian but like Batman we are facing
the effects of a sinful world, a messed up dark world that plummets
us into conflict, discovery, trouble,struggles, enemies and more. He
compares the Batman's armor with how we as Christians have the armor
of God, and a lot more.
I found this book to be an interesting
read, and those Batman fans out there will find it to be a good read.
I did have one issue with Mr. Asay's book which had to do with a
few sentences that he wrote. On page 177, he writes, “Somehow we
feel it within us, the divine spark.” He brings up this divine
spark in a few other passages as well. I'm at a little loss as to
what he means exactly. It sounds almost a little panentheistic, in
that we all have god within us or god is in everything. I'm not sure
that is what he meant, but I think he comes across that we all have
some divine in us that is worth saving. So I would like
clarification on this.
Overall, I think his writing is good,
although it seems as if he was a little redundant with some ideas or
examples, It was a book that any Batman fan will find worth reading
and interesting, but I would have to be hesitant to recommend it
until I know what he means by divine spark.
I received this book from the publisher
to give a review, I was not required to give a positive review, and
all thoughts are my own.
Prophecy – a subject that fascinates
many people and scares others. Max Anders has written a 12 lesson
study on this subject. It is part of The What You Need To Know
Series which includes 10 titles. Each lesson focuses around a
question, for example, Chapter One addresses the question – Why
Study Prophecy? He gives you an outline of what you will learn in
the chapter, then tackles the the subject. He then gives some
questions, fill in the blanks, more discussion questions, a section
called What If I don't Believe?, and gives scripture and reference
books for further study.
Over all, this book is readable and
teachable for people who don't have any foundation in the study of
prophecy. He attempts to approach the three views of eschatology
with a neutral stance and present them for the student's information.
He doesn't go into great depth on each view, but provides the
basics so that one would know what the definitions of each view are.
I liked being presented with each view so that I might be familiar
with them when I discuss the topic with others, but I didn't think it
was enough. He also tries to look at each view with respect and
equality, and I respect that, but I think that without explaining how
these views change how we see God and His promises, the readers might
be cheated a little. Each of the views has a varying understanding
of how God does or doesn't keep his promises to Israel, and I
wouldn't avoid discussing that in the name of unity. Also, the title
claims that the lessons can change your life, and I think that the
claim is a little superfluous. Next, I did really like how he
explained what a prophet was. His definitions keep with the
traditional Christian faith, which is commendable. Maybe this is due
to this being a new edition that was originally published in the
Overall, I think this study provides a
good start in the study of prophecy, but it's not an ending place.
Hopefully, it will wet the appetite of the studiers to delve deeper
into the study of prophecy, and the differences and foundations of
This book was provided by
booksneeze.com for a review. I was not required to write a positive
review, and all opinions are my own.