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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
What do Katniss Everdeen, Spider-Man, and Huckleberry Finn have in common? Theyre heroesand you can be just like them.
As children, we dream of throwing on a cape and changing the world. Then we grow up, we learn to see the flaws in our movie stars and athletes, and we accept that true heroism is not possible in the real world. You continue to dream, though. Isnt that why you still love watching heroes on the big screen? Its more than just wish fulfillment. You resonate with Supermans justice and Dorothys courage because you have those same qualities within yourself.
In these pages, Kristen Parrish looks at the qualities of fifty-two heroes, and then shows how you can acquire every one of those qualities. No gamma rays or radioactive spider bites are needed. You can unleash your inner hero through prayer and practical action.
Men and women, boys and girls alike, will find role models within these pages. While others watch and dream on the sidelines, you can step out in faith, learning from heroic examples and praying for Gods help to make you who you were meant to be.
The Holy Spirit enables us to do great things. Find out how. No cape required.
Jefferson Bethke is the author of New York Times bestseller Jesus > Religion. Bethkes message connects at a heart level with an audience ranging from atheists to nationally recognized religious leaders. He lives in Maui, Hawaii.
BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Could have been richerFebruary 25, 2014BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I'm always excited to find devotional resources that will appeal to our young family. Since we are all about Superheroes and are familiar with many of them, I was anxious to see what Kristen Parrish did with her devotional, No Cape Required.
Kristen's conversational style of writing makes the devotional very palatable for the reader - whether adult or teen. Her 52 heroes include: Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, Eustace Scrubb, Katness Everdeen, to Storm from X-Men to share a few. I enjoyed her clever twist to take even characters that do not seem appeal, Eastace Scrubb, from the Chronicles of Narnia and demonstrate their hero qualities. It was nice to see her take these hero examples, weave in scripture, and add practical application.
I would have liked to see Kristen clearly share the gospel either at the beginning of the devotional or at the end. Throughout the book, she does indicate that believers are able to do these things through the help of the Holy Spirit and His enabling. Although she has scripture attached to every hero character example, it would have been nice to have the application portion always involve the meditating or memorizing of scripture, since "all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God is equipped for every good work." (2 Tim 3:16-17) Lastly, although heroes are often great examples, if there was a way to point the reader to Christ as the ultimate example of being a hero in almost every case and then wrapping it up with that truth - I think it would have been excellent.
I recognize that many readers, especially young people prefer "modern examples" or can relate more easily to what appears "relevant" but I can't help but think that the ultimate and most perfect hero example is always Christ. I know that Kristen utilized "flawed" heroes too, but I think that's why we can never go wrong with Christ as the supreme hero to wrap things up.
I think that his book is a nice first taste to wet a new believer's appetite, but could have been richer and deeper.