♥ Book Title : From Star Wars to Superman
☯ Full Synopsis : "When cultures such as ours toss Jesus out one door, He comes in – albeit disguised – through another. That’s why author Jim Papandrea turned to Star Wars, Star Trek, The Matrix, Terminator, Spider-Man, Batman, Dr. Who, and half-a-dozen other modern shows, discovering in each one powerful images of Christ and salvation. Nor is that surprising. In stories of alternative universes, people always need rescuing; somebody needs to save the day; and sometimes the whole world cries out for a savior . . . which is just what a hero is. About the heroes of some of the most popular sci-fi stories of all time, author Papandrea here answers questions that concern Christians who are also Trekkies, Whovians, Matrix Dwellers, or aficionados of popular science fiction: What kind of “Christ-figure” is the hero of this story, and what does that say about the show’s vision of Christ, humanity and salvation? In the interest of being scientific, Papandrea even gives each hero a Numerical Orthodoxy Score based on the description of Christ in the Nicene Creed, Christianity’s common definition of orthodoxy. Included herein are astute Christian analyses of: Batman * Captain * America * Doctor Who * The Fifth Element * I, Robot * Iron Man * LOST * The Matrix * Planet of the Apes * Pleasantville * Spider-Man * Star Trek * Star Wars * Superman * The Terminator * The Time Machine * Tron * Wonder Woman Here you’ll read about: The pervasive Christian imagery in Doctor WhoStar Trek’s predicted “death of God”Free-will: the stumbling block in the first MatrixThe crucifixion of Spider-ManWhy Wonder Woman is an image of a gnostic saviorThe meaning of salvation in Star Wars (It masquerades as Christian)How Superman’s life begins as a parallel of Moses.I, Robot: the religious reason why the robot is called “Sonny”Whether, in any Christian sense, Neo is The One?Captain American and Iron-Man: one defends the innocent, the other brings justice to the guiltyThe tomb scene in the Fifth Element: it’s not the resurrection we needMatter vs. Spirit in Tron: gnostic to the coreThe anti-Christian bias of Planet of the ApesWhy the Force in Star Wars is no analogy to Grace or the Holy SpiritThe Star Wars Christ figure: Obi-Wan? Luke? Or even, ultimately, Darth VaderWhat Heaven is understood to be in the LOST universeTime travel as incarnation in The Terminator: a compelling analogyRegeneration as resurrection in Doctor Who: Is it Christ-like?How Pleasantville reverses the dynamism of the FallThe baptismal significance of the plane crash in LOSTPleasantville: a twisted version of EdenThe incarnation of the Christ-figure in Planet of the ApesTron’s parallels between Christianity and the Roman Empire . . . and much more about other science fiction and superhero shows! Christians who enjoy popular culture will greet this fun book with interest and acclaim."Article| James Papandrea| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Watching Skies
☯ Full Synopsis : "Mark O'Connell didn't want to be Luke Skywalker, He wanted to be one of the mop-haired kids on the Star Wars toy commercials. And he would have done it had his parents had better pine furniture and a condo in California. Star Wars, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman didn't just change cinema - they made lasting highways into our childhoods, toy boxes and video stores like never before.In Watching Skies, O'Connell pilots a gilded X-Wing flight through that shared universe of bedroom remakes of Return of the Jedi, close encounters with Christopher Reeve, sticker album swaps, the trauma of losing an entire Stars Wars figure collection and honeymooning on Amity Island.From the author of Catching Bullets - Memoirs of a Bond Fan, Watching Skies is a timely hologram from all our memory systems. It is about how George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, a shark, two motherships, some gremlins, ghostbusters and a man of steel jumper a whole generation to hyperspace.**action figures sold separately."Article| Mark O'Connell| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Superheroes
☯ Full Synopsis : "What is it about Superman that we all know his name? And he is not alone. There's Spider-man who has leapt from comic books onto the big screen. Anakin, the Jedi Knight in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones wields the power of the Force, while Buffy the Vampire Slayer defends the world from evil on TV. Superheroes are in! Why are we so fascinated by these 'great ones'? What does the Bible have to say about their call to heroics? Do they have weaknesses? How do they cope with their enemies? Just how easy is it to be a Superhero? Can they teach us anything about living real life?* Innovative, Contemporary Home Group Bible Studies * Includes Leaders Notes * 4 Week Studies *Background reading and online discussion groups at www.connectbiblestudies.com These small group studies link a passion for the Bible to a desire to be relevant to today's society. The material is produced in sets of four studies, each set based on a secular book, film or song, which is attracting a great deal of popular attention. The topical issues raised by these are explored from a Biblical perspective and group members are encouraged to link God's Word to the world."Article| Damaris| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Using the Force
☯ Full Synopsis : "Author's website: AnthonyDigmann.com Description:Using the Force: Star Wars and Catholicism offers an incredible opportunity to fuse these two cultural monoliths in a fun and productive way. Star Wars fans, youth, parents, ministers, teachers, and others will find this book an invaluable resource to illustrate the connections between the mythology of the Star Wars franchise and the eternal truths and richness of Catholicism. By exploring Star Wars through a Catholic lens, we may rediscover elements of our faith from a new perspective and share them more effectively with an increasingly post-Christian culture. Endorsement from Mark Hart: "In Using the Force: Star Wars and Catholicism, Digmann combines two of my favorite topics--the Catholic faith and the characters and events that unfolded 'a long time ago . . . in a galaxy far, far away.' As a Star Wars nerd, I found this book intriguing--a thoughtful and well-researched summation of the various episodes and (even the lesser known) storylines. As a Catholic Catechist and 'Bible Geek' I found the book edifying--an impressive and creative way in which to unpack the faith to a generation and cross-section who might not otherwise discern the truly dogmatic 'trees' within Endor's forest. If the Star Wars fan in your life (or in the mirror) loves the Catholic faith as much as the not-so-holy Clone Wars and galactic battle between Empire and Rebellion, this is soon to be a surefire favorite on their shelf." - Mark Hart, Executive Vice President, Life Teen and Catholic Author, Speaker, Radio Host Author Bio: Anthony Digmann serves the Catholic Church as a speaker, author, and educator. He has appeared internationally on Catholic television and radio, such as EWTN and Radio Maria. Anthony has a MA in Theology and has served professionally in Catholic schools, parish ministries, and on councils of the Archdiocese of Dubuque since 2006."Article| Anthony Digmann| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : John Williams's Film Music
☯ Full Synopsis : "John Williams is one of the most renowned film composers in history. He has penned unforgettable scores for Star Wars, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Superman, and countless other films. Fans flock to his many concerts, and with forty-nine Academy Award nominations as of 2014, he is the second-most Oscar-nominated person after Walt Disney. Yet despite such critical acclaim and prestige, this is the first book in English on Williams’s work and career. Combining accessible writing with thorough scholarship, and rigorous historical accounts with insightful readings, John Williams’s Film Music explores why Williams is so important to the history of film music. Beginning with an overview of music from Hollywood’s Golden Age (1933–58), Emilio Audissino traces the turning points of Williams’s career and articulates how he revived the classical Hollywood musical style. This book charts each landmark of this musical restoration, with special attention to the scores for Jaws and Star Wars, Williams’s work as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and a full film/music analysis of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The result is a precise, enlightening definition of Williams’s “neoclassicism” and a grounded demonstration of his lasting importance, for both his compositions and his historical role in restoring part of the Hollywood tradition. Best Special Interest Books, selected by the American Association of School Librarians Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the Public Library Reviewers"Article| Emilio Audissino| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Superman Vs. Hollywood
☯ Full Synopsis : "Uses interviews with screenwriters, producers, cast members, and crew to tell the behind-the-scenes challenges faced by those playing, directing, and producing films starring the Man of Steel."Article| Jake Rossen| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Seen That, Now What?
☯ Full Synopsis : "Helps movie buffs select videos to watch that are similar to those previously enjoyed"Article| Andrea Shaw| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Musical Biography of John Williams
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♥ Book Title : Star Wars
☯ Full Synopsis : "A guide to the Star Wars universe describes characters, vehicles, organizations, and the Force, in a volume that includes pop-ups, side flaps, and working light sabers."Article| Matthew Reinhart| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Space and Beyond
☯ Full Synopsis : "Although the exploration of space has long preoccupied authors and filmmakers, the development of an actual space program, discoveries about the true nature of space, and critical reconsiderations of America's frontier experiences have challenged and complicated conventional portrayals of humans in space. This volume reexamines the themes of space and the frontier in science fiction in light of recent scientific and literary developments. Included are the observations of noted science fiction writers such as Arthur C. Clarke, Gregory Benford, James Gunn, and Jack Williamson, along with contributions from leading scholars in the field."Article| Gary Westfahl| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Becoming Superman
☯ Full Synopsis : "With an introduction by Neil Gaiman! In this dazzling memoir, the acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense8, Clint Eastwood’s Changeling and Marvel’s Thor reveals how the power of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth and a dysfunctional family haunted by madness, murder and a terrible secret. For four decades, J. Michael Straczynski has been one of the most successful writers in Hollywood, one of the few to forge multiple careers in movies, television and comics. Yet there’s one story he’s never told before: his own. Joe's early life nearly defies belief. Raised by damaged adults—a con-man grandfather and a manipulative grandmother, a violent, drunken father and a mother who was repeatedly institutionalized—Joe grew up in abject poverty, living in slums and projects when not on the road, crisscrossing the country in his father’s desperate attempts to escape the consequences of his past. To survive his abusive environment Joe found refuge in his beloved comics and his dreams, immersing himself in imaginary worlds populated by superheroes whose amazing powers allowed them to overcome any adversity. The deeper he read, the more he came to realize that he, too, had a superpower: the ability to tell stories and make everything come out the way he wanted it. But even as he found success, he could not escape a dark and shocking secret that hung over his family’s past, a violent truth that he uncovered over the course of decades involving mass murder. Straczynski’s personal history has always been shrouded in mystery. Becoming Superman lays bare the facts of his life: a story of creation and darkness, hope and success, a larger-than-life villain and a little boy who became the hero of his own life. It is also a compelling behind-the-scenes look at some of the most successful TV series and movies recognized around the world."Article| J. Michael Straczynski| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Enemies & Allies
☯ Full Synopsis : "“[A] fun read….Batman and Superman meet in this retro-flavored novel set amid the Cold War sensibilities of the 1950s.” —USA Today The Dark Knight meets the Man of Steel in Enemies & Allies—the thrilling story of the first-ever meeting between Batman and Superman, brilliantly imagined by New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson. One of today’s most popular writers pits the iconic superheroes against Lex Luthor and the Soviets—and each other—in a spellbinding story of destiny and duty set against the backdrop of America’s Cold War era."Article| Kevin J. Anderson| Statement ..."