Book Review

The Superheroes Devotional

30838283“Can you actually find spiritual truths in comicbooks and superhero movies?”  
Yes, you can!

For more than 75 years of comic book history and dozens of gigantic cinematic releases, Superheros have captivated our imagination–filling our senses with heart-pounding adventures, riveting plots, and spectacular special effects—and sometimes they have profound messages woven into them. Often the underlying themes reveal a Judeo-Christian influence, and even when it isn’t intentional, you can still draw deep lessons from them.  Whether it’s the self-sacrifice and humility of Captain America and the Hulk’s struggles with anger or the parallels between Superman and Jesus or between Black Widow and a ruthless Bible heroine, your favorite heroes and heroines (and even villains) have much to teach.

If you’re a fan of this good vs. evil world, you will love The Superheroes Devotional—featuring 60 interesting, challenging, and encouraging readings. With devotions drawn from dozens of favorite superheroes from both the Marvel and DC Comics universes—well-known names like Captain America and Batman and lesser-known heroes like Shazam and Gambit—each reading includes spiritual lessons relating superheroes to the heroes of the Bible in themes like faith, hope, courage, pride, and power. You’ll also enjoy reading about the history and background of each superhero, shared by author and lifelong fan Ed Strauss.

Read on, True Believer, and may you draw inspiration and encouragement from the characters and stories that you know and love from comicbook pages and big screen movies alike.

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.**

5 Star

 

Every once in awhile, I find books that I’m intrigued by, but I’m just not sure what to do with it. The Superheroes Devotional is one such book for me. All of the new superhero movies are usually pretty high on my “I want to see this” list, but paired with the word “devotional”… I couldn’t make sense of it. But, once I read a handful of the devotions in this book, and saw the authors approach, I gained a new appreciation of this book.

The thing that impressed me most about this book, is that it was maybe a bit meatier than I expected it to be. Finding spiritual truths in the stories around superman, the x-men or spiderman just doesn’t seem very deep. Sure there are good lessons there about making good choices and just the general good vs. evil, but I’m not sure that is a lot there that says much about my walk with Christ. Well, in this devotional book, Strauss uses superheroes and their stories as a jumping off point. Each devotional focuses on a particular character (or group… X-Men, Avengers…) and uses their story or characteristics to direct us somewhere in the Bible. It might be how a particular character shares something in common with someone for the Bible, or how a character might be a bit more demonstrative of a spiritual truth.

At the end of the day, I don’t think this book can ever replace reading your Bible. And I don’t think a person would get as much out of it as they would an actual Bible study. But, where I’m glad this book is now on my shelf, is that it just might give me some opportunities to start conversations with people about the Marvel and DC universes, and lead that into a conversation about God. And if nothing else, the book has also given me a new lens in which to watch these new superhero movies.

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