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Worth the Read,
This review is from: Star Wars Jesus - A spiritual commentary on the reality of the Force (Paperback)
Star Wars Jesus is a book about the "spiritual reality of the Force" by Caleb Grimes. It goes through numerous scenes from each Star Wars film (sans Clone Wars) and provides spiritual commentary. I have read through the "A New Hope" section and I have to say, it's fascinating.
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.
What it also does is provides us a way to discuss the truth of Christ with Star Wars fans who may not know Him just yet. It shows metaphors for Christ, His truth, and the Lord in a language in which they speak. I can see this as a useful tool, an interesting study, and something that I'm seriously considering reaching out to the author to turn into something for a Bible study group.