- File Size: 478 KB
- Print Length: 146 pages
- Publisher: Patheos Press (March 5, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007HG1H0W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,326 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Hunger Games and the Gospel (Study Guide Edition): Bread, Circuses, and the Kingdom of God Kindle Edition
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I gave it a 4 star rating instead of a 5 star rating because I think the author sometimes makes applications that are questionable and sometimes belabors a point. For example she gives a very different view of the parable of the talents. Before I could accept this application, I'd have to do more study. I also think that she sometimes belabors points resulting in confussion and for me the desire to skip a section.
Overall, I really liked the book and realize that even though I'm not in the age group for which The Hunger Games was written, it is applicable to all age groups. I would recommend this for others who are planning Bible studies. Although it primarily follows the Beatitutes, she refers to several parables and incidents which would make it more of a Bible study.
Using the Beatitudes as a framework, Clawson takes a concept, relates it to the Hunger Games story, then to everyday life in the Roman provinces of the first century and our culture today. She then describes how we, as citizens of the 21st century, can live either in the Capitol or in the Kingdom of God. I was both convicted and encouraged as I read.
Clawson has done extensive analysis of the books and much outside research, including over 150 endnotes. If you were touched by the characters of the Hunger Games, this is a must read. It truly completes what the trilogy began. I'm only sorry that Amazon limits rating to five starts, this deserves more.
Joe Harrington, North Fayette UMC
In doing this, Clawson tells the story of the Hunger Games - and - adeptly, astutely, and adroitly tells - not just the story of the Gospel - but the story of the Bible - found in the Gospel's summary in the Beatitudes.
I do not want to say too much more here - as you should read Clawsons' book! - and you should know her book needs "spoiler alerts."
Clawson reads the Old Testament prophets correctly, including a keen discernment of things like the Exodus, the Exile and the Post-Exilic period - even citing and discerning even Ezra and Nehemiah (all too many Christian's don't even know these books are in the Bible!)
Clawson gets the Gospel - and the parables. She discerns their social-economic-political "bite."
Clawson frames the Gospels (and the Hunger Games) in light of an informed discernment of 1st Century BCE and CE Judaism in a Roman Imperial age.
Clawson cites and uses with skill, Walter Brueggemann, Walter Wink, Richard Horsley, Wes Howard-Brook, Jurgen Moltmann, Barbara Brown Taylor, and N.T. Wright.
Clawson incorporates an informed understanding of International and trans-global issues from Burma to Liberia to Syria (in as recent as 2011 issues) - to U.S. policies with Native American Indians in American Colonial days.
If you have read the series, have friends who have read the series, have kids who have read the series- just read the series, then read this book.
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