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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (May 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141436640X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414366401
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Asay is associate editor at Plugged In, a ministry that reaches more than six million people with movie reviews that help people understand popular cultural trends and how they intersect with spiritual issues. Paul is an award-winning journalist who covered religion at The (Colorado Springs) Gazette and whose work has been published by such outlets as The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Youth Worker Journal and Beliefnet.com. Paul has a special interest in the unexpected ways faith and media intersect. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Wendy, and two children. Feel free to check out his website at www.paulasay.com.

Customer Reviews

True Batman fans will enjoy the book.
Roger Leonhardt
And don't worry if you have never watched or read anything about Batman--you will be an expert by the time you finish this book!
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It's Paul Asay's debut book, God on the Streets of Gotham, What the Big Screen Can Teach Us About God and Ourselves.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By aggiewriter70 on May 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Holy Wow, Batman, look at that - it is Jesus down there!

One wonders if Batman's partner in crime-solving, the boy wonder, Robin, did actually tell the caped crusader that - what Batman would have said and done?What Batman talk to Jesus? Would Batman tip his `hat' to Jesus out of respect?

Batman is for good and not evil, and so is Jesus.

Wait? What? Did this reviewer just compare the Dark Knight to Jesus? No, not exactly.

The fictional character of Batman has been made into a character who is everything good - he is strong, brave and has the cool powerful toys to get rid of evil. At the same time, his character isn't always that nice - and seems to be a bit brooding - hence the nickname, the Dark Knight.

But like most things, if we really look hard enough, a valuable Christian life lesson can be learned from them - even Batman.

Paul Asay, associate editor at Plugged In, believes so anyway, and hence the purpose of his book, to be releases in June by Tyndale House Publishing, "God on the Streets of Gotham."

The book will be released just in time for the opening of "The Dark Knight Rises," the supposed final chapter in the recent Batman film trilogy. Asay's pen takes the readers on a discovery of some spiritual truths that can be found in the story of Batman.

Not wanting to be a spoiler, all this reviewer will say is that Asay is following God's most ultimate command to us - taking His Word to the streets - of Gotham, Cochran, Hawkinsville, Eastman ... etc. In "God on the Streets of Gotham," Asay takes a look at the challenges that Batman faces, and looks at the persecution that Batman goes through because of his own convictions to do good and stay away from evil.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M Zatezalo on July 19, 2012
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I ordered this to use as a study guide for my youth group at church. With the release of the Dark Knight Rises I thought it would be a good way to tie in current culture with God's word. So far the book has been everything I was hoping it would be. I'm enjoying it and I think the kids are too. I would like to see a study guide with discussion questions!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By brenten gilbert on August 14, 2012
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Whenever I write about anything that touches the world of comic book superheroes, I feel I should explain that I didn't read a lot of comic books growing up. Certainly not Batman. If I got comic books at all, it was usually a Kool-Aid Man special or maybe even a Disney comic book. I did watch The Super Friends TV show that Asay references here and I have seen the first 2 of Nolan's Dark Knight movies. Okay, comic book credentials aside, I do have plenty to say about finding spiritual insights in the midst of pop culture. Lots of people do that - I do that - and lots of people overreach when they try. As such, I get pretty nervous around books like this... they can go so terribly wrong, so terribly fast.

Fortunately, Paul Asay doesn't stray from the realm of reasonable comparison and illustration. In fact, he doesn't even come across as preachy. This book feels as much like a memoir as it does a thesis-driven collection of essays. Asay is steeped in the Batman culture, clearly having spent many more hours with his head between the pages of comic book panels than I. But he writes in such a way that you don't need to have that rich historical perspective of the caped crusader to enjoy or even follow along. He provides an interesting perspective, hits his points well, and offers readers an enjoyable conversation. You probably won't get too excited by this book without at least a passing interest in Batman, but that's really all you need.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth R Surdin on December 20, 2012
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For someone who grew up with superheroes and is still a fan, as a christian it is good to examine the underlying themes of comics and how they affect our christian journey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ERSInk . com on July 18, 2012
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When most people think about Christian books that compare and contrast pop culture figures or films with the Bible, the idea makes them sneer and say to themselves, "Here they go again. Those religious fanatics have to find God somewhere in everything to justify watching or listening to it." That could be true. However, what's wrong with examining the parallels between two pieces of literature that seem drastically different from each other?

There are books written about the similarities between the "Star Wars" movies and the Bible. "The Gospel According to the World's Greatest Superhero" even explored the parallels between Jesus Christ and Superman. Books exist talking about how J.R.R. Tolkien used the Bible to fuel his imagination while writing his "Lord of the Rings" novels.

The world of Batman is one I never thought to seek Biblical comparisons to. When a friend of mine told me about a book entitled "God on the Streets of Gotham" coming out on the eve of the release of "The Dark Knight Rises," I knew I had to read it. Batman is such a dark character and his universe is rooted in despair and vengeance on the surface. I was beyond intrigued and wanted to know how author Paul Asay would tie the iconic super hero to the Bible.

First off, Asay is a self-professed Batman fan. He spent his childhood watching "Super Friends." The first coloring book he can remember is a Batman one. He's also the associate editor at Plugged In, which is a website that explores how pop culture traverses Spiritual issues through movie reviews and the likes.

Asay digs deep into the mythology and characters in Batman's universe. He doesn't skim across the surface cherry picking little nuggets to fit his Christian agenda while justifying his obvious obsession with the Dark Knight.
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