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Star Wars Jesus - A spiritual commentary on the reality of the Force Paperback – December 16, 2006
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"An exegesis on Star Wars at its finest! Caleb has managed to cleverly bridge the dichotomy between sacred, sci-fi, faith and force. This book will bring revelation to you as you explore Jesus principles through Jedi perspectives. May His Spirit be with you!"
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Caleb Grimes sees many truths, both spiritual and practical, reflected in the Star Wars movies. Sound nerdy? Yeah, it kind of is, but Grimes brings out in Star Wars Jesus how this is partly because of the modern myth that is Star Wars, and partly because George Lucas created real characters who interact with their world in a similar way to how we interact with ours.
Grimes is the first to say that all art, especially the Star Wars movies, can be enjoyed first and foremost for what they are. Star Wars is not about Christianity, it is an epic tale of space battles, different worlds, warriors and secret powers. Grimes also believes, however, that no appreciation of art is complete without a solid analysis of how that art is valid to its audience. It is with this perspective that Grimes approaches the work he has subtitled,"a spiritual commentary on the reality of the Force."
Grimes is currently working on a few novels.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is divided into easy to digest, small sections - a few pages at a time to review individual sections / scenes from the Star Wars films. In each section, Grimes reviews individual scenes describing Biblical parallels. The comparisons are apt, descriptive, and make you seriously think. It is difficult to describe without providing examples.
In Section 23, Grimes discusses the scene where Luke is approached by the ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi while flying in his X-Wing to destroy the Death Star. Ben Kenobi tells him to trust in the Force, not in his equipment. What does Luke do? He trusts in the Force an dnot in man. This entire scene is used as an analogy to trust in the Lord. Kenobi, Grimes compares to the Holy Spirit - the internal action of the Lord. Luke is like any one of us. We're in a true struggle with an enemy that is far greater than us. An enemy that is trying to destroy us and everything that matters to us. What do we need to do to handle an enemy that is this much greater than us? Trust in the Lord. As Grimes likes to point out, Force is much like the presence of the Lord in our life.
He's right. The Force and the presence of the Lord are similar. The parallels are there and worth noting.
Christ is everywhere, whether you realize it or not. All throughout art. All throughout literature. All throughout movies, including Star Wars. His truth is written on the hearts of all men. What this book does is remind us of that simple truth.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I guess I was thinking it would be a bit more intellectual with maybe some good anecdotal comparisons.Published 3 months ago by Joseph W. White
A look at Star Wars and how Christians can relate to the Force and some of its teachings.Published 10 months ago by Stan
Great read! Grimes knows his Bible and doctrine and Star Wars! Used it for a faith integration paper and it worked perfectly !Published 10 months ago by Drew Smith
I have re-read this several times and always find something new to reflect on. This book has enriched my Spiritual life - and my appreciation for Star Wars. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jedi Cowboy
Great book , Sound advice and guidelines a eye opening cpmparison of the star wars advice for living based on Christ.Published on September 5, 2013 by Earl H. Culp
Caleb Grimes has put together a very timely read for anyone interested in the spiritual ideas that undergird Star Wars, from a Christian perspective. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Paul Thiele
This book is comprised of 101 entries, each an observation on the Star Wars movies and their religious significance, especially as it pertains to Christianity. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by Will Jerom
The person I bought this for said they could not put it down. It was cleverly written with some great analogies to use as demonstrations for messages.Published on May 16, 2010 by Kathy Graven