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In the final analysis, what makes this book stand or fall is the commentary found inside. As Grimes duly notes, the movies have a decidedly Eastern religion feel to them in places. At the same time, he correctly states that there are definite Christian undertones as well...Grimes commentary is quite intriguing and thoughtful as he deftly navigates among various topics. Star Wars Jesus may be best enjoyed with the book in one hand and a remote in the other. --J. Alan Sharrer, hollywoodjesus.com

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"Clearly driven by a love of both Star Wars and Jesus, the author works to do justice to both. The result is not what you are expecting. The extended interpretation of the six films will get you thinking about them - and your understanding of Jesus - in a fresh way. It might even help redeem Episodes I-III."

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: WinePress Publishing; 1st edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579218849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579218843
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an avid reader of the Star Wars expanded universe and a Christian pastor and theologian, I hoped for more out of this ebook. I found that Mr. Grimes simply held up scenes from the movie and then commented how it could be seen as similar to particular Christian experiences. The writing also seems to jump from thought to thought without any real unifying transitions, which made it difficult for me to maintain any prolonged interest in the book. This ebook superficially explores the similarities between the Force and human divine relationship rather than diving in deep to the matter.
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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. Must reading for anyone wanting to know the true nature of the Force and the REAL nature of God and Christianity. This book needs a sequel!!!
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The book's title reflects a statement at the beginning of the "Hidden Bonus Entry" (not shown in the Table of Contents) which is that "this whole book is dedicated to those places in Star Wars where Jesus shows up figuratively, philosophically, and in all other wise". It is through Grimes' passionate commentary that Jesus shows up, some of it opening you to the presence, power, even conviction, of the Holy Spirit. The book's subtitle (A Spiritual Commentary on the Reality of the Force) is reflected in multiple ways in the text, but needs clarification. The Force in Star Wars is not the reality Grimes is talking about. It is taken as a metaphor for realities from a Christian perspective. On the one hand, there is the reality of the image of God in us which is able to create. Here Dorothy Sayers' book The Mind of the Maker is used for exposition (see Entry 7). On the other hand, there is the reality of the Holy Spirit who is the true and personal "force" behind the Christian way of life. These two realities are intimately compatible, and further expressed in Entry 14 in relation to "feeling the force". It is said that feeling the force is a good metaphor for both "the Holy Spirit's work in us as we worship" and "creative work", the latter being defined as "anything from the realm of banking to fine art to dirt-bike racing; anything under the sun."

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.
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Although there are several books out looking at the spiritual dimension of the Star Wars movies, and although there is even a subsection of Christian ones, this one has the most insight and usefulness. The author does not stick with just one or a few of the movies but takes on all six. Christians will be amazed to see how much inspiring spiritual truth can be found in these films, some of the most popular ever created. I daresay this book could be used along with the films as a devotional. I think non-Christian readers will be challenged. It is de rigeur to find Eastern thought in the works of George Lucas. But a "strong reading" such as Grimes supplies is going to turn the world upside down for a lot fans.
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Here is a must read, especially for Star Wars fans! The author definitely knows "his stuff" on this one! I would have never considered some of the things that the author discusses, and it was refreshing to see new ideas and thoughts!
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!
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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. The entries do not have to be read in a particular order, and the style of writing is easy, but mature and accessible.

Analytical Review: This is a well-written and very well-organized book. If you want a particular commentary on any aspect of the Star Wars films, the chronological order of the book makes that very easy to access. It is not a "preachy" book, it does not intend to convert the reader to Christianity, merely to illustrate the bold similarities that the Star Wars films have with Christianity. It is respectfully enthusiastic about Christianity and Stars Wars. Themes of Toaism, and Buddhism take a very small role in the book, but overall it is well done, and readable. Recommended for Star Wars fans or those interested in science fiction and religion.

Those interested in a more academically challenging book should read John McDowell's work - it is more nuanced in some ways, but not as well organized or easy to read as this book.
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I did find this book pretty fascinating to read. C. Grimes brings up many good points in the book as he tries to compare the Star Wars characters and scenes in relation to Christianity. For me, though, I don't think he went deep enough into it. It was almost too basic. If one really gets into the deeper levels of Star Wars, one has thought of a lot of these ideas. Maybe he should have dug a little deeper. I read it thinking "He's writing at the 100 level class (to use a college class analogy), when he should probably be at the 200 or 300 level." Don't get me wrong, it isn't a bad thing; maybe not everyone over-analyzes these movies like I do and apparently he has. I won't say I've always looked at Star Wars in a totally "Christian" perspective, but it is there and there are parallels. I also don't think the "philosophy" of Star Wars is necessarily as flawed as he presents it. To be honest, Yoda's "Death is a natural part of life" speech got me through my grandfathers funeral. Not that I wasn't sad when he died; it is just that on many levels Yoda's right. You rejoice in the fact that they died because they are no longer suffering; that they are in a better place and they affected your life with the time you had with them. To not rejoice in the memories you have of them on some levels goes against what I think Yoda was trying to teach in that moment. Don't be afraid one is going to die, or join the force as it were. They were on this plane for the amount of time they were meant to be, to do the things they were supposed to do. Do not mourn them or miss them because they are gone; they finished their work, whether they are 1 week old or in the case of my grandfather, 94 years old.
Obviously, this will get you thinking about the movies.
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