My Book Review for Paul Asay’s book: “God On The Streets Of Gotham: What The Big Screen Batman Can Teach Us About God And Ourselves.”
This book takes the reader on an interesting journey into the life, characters and various stories surrounding Batman. It highlights spiritual points that can be taken from the Batman stories, while not over doing it, in converting them to “Christian” meaning. He also gives tips on how we can relate to Batman and live a heroic life with God. This book ultimately displays the life of Batman for us to relate prophetically to his world and link it with spiritual understanding.
I thought the book was a great attempt to use Batman as a prophetic picture of our own lives and the journey we are on in this world. The author does a great job on various points, which brings the world of Batman and spiritual parallels together in an exciting and fun way. There were times where I was not as captivated as I thought I should be, but realized the author may be focusing on the darker side of life. Besides, one of Batman’s names is “The Dark Knight.” This is fine, as he is probably more in touch with the darker stories of Batman than myself, but at times it didn’t feel as smooth it could be.
Overall, I did enjoy reading it and commend the author for writing a book on the subject and feel it may be a great kick-start for other books like it. I think most Batman fans would enjoy it. This book may also be a great gift for someone who is not comfortable with overly “Christian” books, but likes Batman or superheroes, as they may enjoy the parallels outlined throughout the book. For superhero fans, I would give it a 4 out of 5, but for the casual reader, I give it a 3. I do think this book is a great and effective attempt to parallel the lives of superheroes with spiritual truths. I am glad the author wrote it and may we all become a little more heroic.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
About the Author: Paul Asay is associate editor at Plugged In, a ministry that reaches more than six million people with movie reviews that help people understand popular cultural trends and how they intersect with spiritual issues. Paul is an award-winning journalist who covered religion at The (Colorado Springs) Gazette and whose work has been published by such outlets as The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Youth Worker Journal and Beliefnet.com. Paul has a special interest in the unexpected ways faith and media intersect. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Wendy, and two children.