by Ed Strauss
Yes, you can!
For more than 75 years of comic book history and dozens of gigantic cinematic releases, Superheros have captivated our imagination--filling our senses with heart-pounding adventures, riveting plots, and spectacular special effects—and sometimes they have profound messages woven into them. Often the underlying themes reveal a Judeo-Christian influence, and even when it isn’t intentional, you can still draw deep lessons from them. Whether it’s the self-sacrifice and humility of Captain America and the Hulk’s struggles with anger or the parallels between Superman and Jesus or between Black Widow and a ruthless Bible heroine, your favorite heroes and heroines (and even villains) have much to teach.
If you’re a fan of this good vs. evil world, you will love The Superheroes Devotional—featuring 60 interesting, challenging, and encouraging readings. With devotions drawn from dozens of favorite superheroes from both the Marvel and DC Comics universes—well-known names like Captain America and Batman and lesser-known heroes like Shazam and Gambit—each reading includes spiritual lessons relating superheroes to the heroes of the Bible in themes like faith, hope, courage, pride, and power. You’ll also enjoy reading about the history and background of each superhero, shared by author and lifelong fan Ed Strauss.
Read on, True Believer, and may you draw inspiration and encouragement from the characters and stories that you know and love from comic book pages and big screen movies alike.
I must admit that I do not know much about the Superheroes in the comic books or the movies. I did watch the Batman TV show when I was a child and I have seen a few of the Incredible Hulk episodes, but other than that I am not up-to-date on Superheroes. So why would I read about book dedicated to Superheroes you may ask. Well the answer is simple…I am the Children’s Church director at my Church, and the children love and know about Superheroes. Last year my Bible School theme was Superheroes in the Bible. Everyone had a lot of fun. But when the children would ask me about or talk about Thor, Wolverine, Flash, or any of the other Superheroes, I must admit that I could not answer their questions or carry on an intelligent conversation with the children. So, when this book became available, I thought that it would be a perfect way to learn about the Superheroes. I was right. I did learn about the Superheroes, but I also found that there are spiritual lessons to learn from the Superheroes. Many of the Superheroes struggle with some of the same problems you and I struggle with; such as, anger, pride, courage, lack of faith and more. Just as many of the Superheroes realized that there is One greater than them and One Who can help them, we too must realize that God is bigger than any of our struggles and problems that we face.
My one complaint about the book is the use of multiple “versions” of the Bible. I only use the King James Bible, so I was not a fan of the author constantly skipping from one “version” to another.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. No review was required. All opinions are my own.