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Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2005
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.18 (inches)|
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Finding God in the MoviesRobert K. Johnston, Catherine M. Barsotti$24.75
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Your present world isnt supposed to be this small. You were made for something much bigger. And no, you dont have to be an astronaut, or even a Star Wars fan, to live it. Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away is not about space travel, or even a movie. Its about rediscovering your sense of wondersomething we adults have successfully squelched from our everyday lives. But God never meant it to be that way. Timothy Jones, by way of an astounding, eye-opening study of the spiritual parallels found in the Star Wars saga, will make you a kid again. Youll be marveling at the mysterious, laughing anew at lifes "coincidences," and remembering above all the Creator for which you were made.
May the True Force Be with You
Remember when Star Wars first captured your imagination? How your longing for adventure propelled you to distant worlds and transformed you into a Jedi knight faster than you could say, "Luke, I am your father"?
This same longing, once sparked by John Williamss triumphant score and fanned by Darth Vaders sweeping black cape, is your ticket to lifes greatest adventure.
Join Timothy Paul Jones on an astounding, eye-opening exploration of the spiritual themes in the Star Wars saga and the truth will become clear: Like young Luke Skywalker, you were also made for moremuch more.
Rediscover awe. Revel in the wonder of every moment. And pursue all you were meant to be. It is your destiny.
"The Force is strong with this one. I could not recommend it more."
Joshua Griffin, Editor/Owner, TheForce.Net
Manager, Purpose Driven Youth Ministry
"If you own a lightsaberor a Bibleyoure sure to benefit from reading his book."
Kevin Miller, author and reviewer
"Awe-some reading that both delights and challenges us. A fun and thoughtful book for Christians who consider and enjoy popular culture and media."
Robert W. Pazmino
Valeria Stone Professor of Christian Education, Andover Newton Theological School
Story Behind the Book
"The night I first saw Star Wars from the backseat of my parents Ford Pinto was the first night I experienced awe. It sent me on a quest that continues today. There is, in every one of us, a longing to touch the forever, to sense the magnitude of the vastness in which we live. This universal longing explains why we ride roller coasters and tell scary stories. This universal longing for awe also explains why, after nearly thirty years, the popularity of the Star Wars saga shows no sign of subsiding. I wrote this book to inspire readers to relish awe and wonder because God did not only create us to long for awe, but also to live in it!"
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Located in: Catoosa, Oklahoma
Submitted: July 16, 2005
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm the pastor of First Baptist Church of Rolling Hills, a middle-sized congregation in a low- income area on the east side of Tulsa, Oklahoma. I have served this congregation for nearly seven years. I've been married to my first and final wife for eleven years. After dealing with the pain of failed pregnancies and failed adoptions for two years, we adopted a seven-year-old Romanian girl named Hannah. My girls are the delight of my life. I've written several works before this one. No need to bore you with the titles---you can find them on ChristianBook.com or Amazon.com. After spending more years in school than any human being should, I ended up with a doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis in spiritual formation from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
What was your motivation behind this project? This books genesis can be traced to a drive-in theater in southern Missouri, nearly thirty years ago. I was only five years old when I took my first steps into the Star Wars galaxy, but I decided then and there that I would someday write about this epic space opera. The early drafts consisted primarily of crayon and ink-pen portrayals of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. As the release of Star Wars: Episode III--Revenge of the Sith approached, my longings to write a book on this subject were revived, along with my penchant for throwing a fit in the aisle of Wal- Mart when Im not allowed to purchase my favorite action figure.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? This simple truth: Nothing in your life is ordinary. There are no ordinary events, there are no ordinary people, and there is no ordinary time. Because God's presence permeates every part of your existence---remember Paul's words? "In him we live and move and have our being"---every part of your life is extraordinary, filled with opportunities for wonder and awe. What does that have to do with Star Wars? Everything! God made every person hungry for wonder and awe, and these films touch that sense of wonder for which every human soul was so delicately formed. Using the Star Wars films as a starting point, I've tried to help people become aware of their deep, inner longing for wonder and to point them toward the Source of Awe.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Obviously, the Star Wars films were a primary inspiration for this project. I first saw Star Wars: Episode IV---A New Hope at a drive-in theater when I was five years old. The sense of awe that I felt in the film's opening moments inspired hundreds of childhood stories and sketches, and ultimately this book. Beyond the obvious influence of the Star Wars films, I enjoy G.K. Chesterton, Frederick Buechner, C.S. Lewis, and Leonard Sweet. My musical companions as I wrote this book were Rich Mullins, Switchfoot, and the 4Him song "All That I Need."
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Whenever my schedule allows, I enjoy leading conferences on spiritual formation, culture, and biblical apologetics. If your church or organization would be interested in this, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .