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Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2005
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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!"
Christian Book Previews.com5 Stars Out Of 5January 4, 2006Christian Book Previews.comIn Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, Timothy Paul Jones--a long time, avid fan of Star Wars--displays amazing insight into the world of the Star Wars characters and a deep admiration for this extremely influential saga. However, he does so without losing his personal Christian worldview. He is able to blend the two by comparing, matching, and sometimes contrasting specific quotations from the movies with direct quotes from numerous Christian apologists and scholars throughout the ages. Among others, he takes lines from G. K. Chesterton, author of Orthodoxy, from C.S. Lewis, author of Mere Christianity and The Chronicles of Narnia, from J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, and from John Chrysostom, a fourth century Christian theologian. Jones points out that the same awe that is a fundamental element of the Star Wars films can also be found in the miraculous elements of the Christian faith. Like the initial Star Wars trilogy, Jones divides his book into three sections. He begins by examining the introspective awe of life, the universe, of the variations in creation, and of the constant struggle of good versus evil as depicted in Star Wars and in Christianity. He expands this eventually to include the awe of probing, reflecting on, and trying to define the great unknown, both metaphorically as space and religiously as God. Secondly, he provides plot summaries and an appendix of references for anyone who has not seen all of the Star Wars movies or who may have forgotten key aspects of each movie--since the films were released as episodes 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, and 3, out of sequence. Thirdly, he includes a study guide so fans of the movies or groups of Christians can use the book in a discussion group.
D. Nottingham5 Stars Out Of 5July 22, 2005D. NottinghamOn one hand, I'm not so much a Star Wars fan but on the other, well you could say I definitely am a Timothy Paul Jones fan. That is why I jumped at the opportunity to preview Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. When I read these musings of Dr. Jones, I find myself totally involved, standing alongside the characters as they live and learn and grow. I see and hear these men battling in the timeless tale of good vs. evil. I begin to understand how their struggles compare to those that I have every day. My eyes are truly opened to look for the coincidences that happen in my life, that really aren't "coincidences" at all. They are instead, an orchestration of events which God has allowed, all with the hopes that I will learn to look at life through His eyes with wonder, and love, and awe.I cant wait to share this book with Star Wars fans and struggling blue collar workers, and with High School students and white-haired saints. This book can appeal to so many different people really anyone who wonders why things happen the way they do.In Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away has Dr. Jones answered the age-old question What is the meaning of life? You know, I think he just might have!
Author: Timothy Paul Jones
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 email@example.com .