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“Can you actually find spiritual truths in comicbooks and superhero movies?”
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 comicbook pages and big screen movies alike.
Y’all know I am not a big non-fiction reader, yet this devotional held not only my attention but my kids (middle school age) ate it up as well. This book doesn’t dummy-down scripture but points out biblical truths and lessons within popular comic books and comic-inspired movies.
Each section is about 3-4 pages long and the book is a bit smaller than an average trade paperback. Anyone, from a casual movie fan to the comic book fanatic, will enjoy reading through these 60 devotionals.
I would highly recommend this book to comic enthusiasts of all ages for a fun and insightful look at our favorite heroes through the lens of faith.
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Ed Strauss lives in British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and three tween-aged children. Ed is a freelance writer with a passion for Biblical apologetics and fantasy fiction. Apart from writing, Ed enjoys biking and exploring nature.
Besides Jesus, who is your favorite hero from the Bible or the world of comics?