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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Compass Books (October 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097619662X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976196624
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... A fascinating read, and a real eye-opener. --Ed Brubaker

... A wonderful, scholarly, entertaining, and uplifting book. --Greg Rucka

... This is one terrific read. --Mark Waid

About the Author

Cary A. Friedman is a spirituality consultant to the FBI and the law enforcement community. He is the author of five books.

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Rabbi Cary A. Friedman is Associate Editor of the OU Press, and a police trainer on the topic of police stress and police ethics. He earned a Masters degree from Columbia University and rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Friedman was Executive Director of the Jewish Learning Experience of Duke University in Durham, NC, a Chaplain at the Duke University Medical Center, and a Chaplain at the Federal prison in Butner, NC. A former congregational Rabbi and instructor of Tanach at the Yeshiva University High School for Boys, Rabbi Friedman is the author of five books ["Table for Two," "Marital Intimacy," "Chanukas HaTorah," "Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement," and "Wisdom from the Batcave"] and numerous articles [published in the Gazette of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Jewish Action, Jewish Observer, and other journals].

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What a pleasant surprise this book was.
Michael F. Emig
I gave the book a 5 star rating, and I think everyone should have the opportunity to read it at least once.
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In a couple of words this is one of the best books ever written!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric Shoag on December 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is truly wonderful: inspiring, energizing, funny, and rewarding, and not just for Batman fans. Friedman takes examples from the caped crusader's adventures, identifies the qualities that make him heroic and admirable, and shows us how to apply them to our own lives. With this simple, brilliant premise he has constructed possibly the most enjoyable self-help book ever. Not at all preachy or tongue-in-cheek, "Wisdom" is refreshingly readable and, though delivering a serious and profound message, doesn't take itself too seriously. Liberally illustrated with scenes from key Batman comics over the years, this slim volume serves the dual purpose of showing us how to lead a more noble, fulfilling life, and reminding us (or showing us for the 1st time) why the Batman is such an important and enduring character. Endorsements from legendary and contemporary comic book pros Dennis O'Neil, Steve Englehart, Neal Adams, Roy Thomas, Joe Kubert, Chuck Dixon, Ed Brubaker and many more drive the point home: this book rules, and is well worth your time!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Brown on December 7, 2006
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I love this book! Clear and concise, Rabbi Friedman lays down a compelling argument, not only that comic books can be a valuable reference for lessons in life, but that one needn't be talented, smart, or extraordinary in any way in order to achieve goals and inspire others.

With a telling style and subtle (mostly) humor, Rabbi Friedman ennumerates the many personal and interpersonal struggles that we encounter within our everyday lives, and how we can overcome them.

Read it, and be prepared to feel invigorated in yourself!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Bauer on November 4, 2010
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There are some books that you read once and then put back on the shelf and then maybe read it again in a few months or perhaps even years. "Wisdom from the Batcave" is a book that needs to be read again and again. I have loved Batman for many years, but reading this book has deepened my appreciation and admiration for the Caped Crusader in a way that I never could have envisioned.

The biggest disappointment I have found is that most of the books on Batman only want to discuss Batman's negative characteristics. Without a doubt, the hero is flawed like all human beings are, but he also has great traits that deserve to be highlighted. Thanks to Friedman for undertaking the task of highlighting these praiseworthy traits for us all!

The biggest impact that this book had on me personally is that I can now say that Batman inspires me (the chapter entitled "the value of anticipating consequences" was worth the whole price of the book for me). The bottom line is this: if you are comic book fan - and a Batman fan in particular - I highly recommend this book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Mulman on December 5, 2006
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This slim, unassuming volume packs a major spiritual punch. Cary Friedman, never conceding to the darker forces of either the self-help or comic genre, offers a genuinely unique and sorely-needed take on the true meaning of heroism. Drawing inspiration from his clearly sincere enthusiasm for the Batman character, Friedman provides pragmatic yet profound suggestions for true life transformation. Fans of comics will love this book, but even those who have never picked up a comic book in their lives will find it deeply wise and (not insignificantly), very entertaining. An absolute must-read for all!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 18, 2012
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I read all the Amazon reviews prior to ordering the product...but even then after having read through most of the book, all I can really say is..."Wow!" I am surprised at how good this book is. While the character of Batman is the main subject of the book, the author has filled the book with wonderful reminders on how to live a life that is inspired and filled with possibilities. That is after all, when you strip away all the comic-book heroic qualities of the character, what the true essence of the Batman character is. This really is a book that I will keep handy on my book-shelf for years to come, and I imagine that when I feel the need to be inspired, I would pick it back up in a heart-beat without hesitation.

A fantastic read for both young and adult alike. The book is not so much lessons that we can learn from Batman as it is about how to live meaningful lives. I will need to look into more books written by the author. Absolutely sublime.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Gawne on November 9, 2011
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A wonderful text. Succinct, uncomplicated, but possessing clarity and depth. A fantastic resource for teaching morality and ethics, particularly to older children and adolescents. I use it heavily in youth leadership training I do with the Boy Scouts. Even having said that, I first read it while doing research for my bachelor's thesis. It truly is appropriate for a huge range of ages, and can provide insight and wisdom for anyone capable of reading it. Just like it's source material!
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Wisdom from the Batcave: How to Live a Super, Heroic Life is a self-help guide that draws inspiration from the iconic crimefighting comic book character Batman. An excellent, inspirational and motivational resource that crystallizes the lessons and wisdom that can be learned from these classic comics, Wisdom from the Batcave emphasizes its points with black-and-white panels from issues of "Detective Comics" and other Batman comic books. From the values of persistence and indomitable willpower, to the importance of family, to the benefit and focus of making one's own personal oath, Wisdom from the Batcave is an excellent guide to overall self-improvement especially recommended to Batman fans, but also useful to readers from all walks of life. "The rule, then, is: If it's not necessary to speak, it's necessary not to speak. Instead, keep quiet. Or do something totally radical: listen."
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