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Overview Nothing in Your Life Is Ordinary Your present world isn't supposed to be this small. You were made for something much bigger. And no, you don't 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. It's about rediscovering your sense of wonder - something 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. You'll be marveling at the mysterious, laughing anew at life's "coincidences," and remembering above all the Creator for which you were made.
Publishers Description Nothing in Your Life Is Ordinary Your present world isn't supposed to be this small. You were made for something much bigger. And no, you don't 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. It's about rediscovering your sense of wonder--something 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. You'll be marveling at the mysterious, laughing anew at life's "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 Williams's triumphant score and fanned by Darth Vader's sweeping black cape, is your ticket to life's 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 more--"much" 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 lightsaber--or a Bible--you're sure to benefit from reading his book." Kevin Miller, author and reviewer "HollywoodJesus.com " "'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 " --Timothy Jones
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.27" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Oct 3, 2005
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590525779 ISBN13 9781590525777
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More About Timothy P. Jones
Timothy Jones is pastor of the rapidly-growing First Baptist Church of Rolling Hills on the outskirts of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has served as visiting professor of biblical languages at Oklahoma Baptist University and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Timothy speaks regularly at engagements across the country. He and his wife, Rayann, have been married for eleven years and are the adoptive parents of a seven-year-old Romanian orphan, Hannah.
Reviews - What do customers think about Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away: A Spiritual Exploration of the Star Wars Saga?
Good book if you're into scriptures. Jul 14, 2006
My only problem (and this is a PERSONAL problem, let me be clear) is that there are too many comparisons with the bible, which to me is just, basically, a fictional anthology. There were some good points brought up in the book, along with some good quotes.
Excellent Spiritual Exploration May 19, 2006
I have not honestly ever considered how Star Wars and my own spiritual path could ever be related. But in this novel, Jones helps me realize how the Star Wars saga helped to foster my spirituality at a young age and helped me gain a better appreciation of my own faith. This novel was a wonderful, serious, and interesting read. I highly recommend it to those who seek something more out of their Star Wars movie experience and would like to deepen their faith.
Entertaining--and Profound Jan 6, 2006
In Finding God in a Galaxy Far Far Away, Timothy Paul Jones writes with the heart of a poet and the mind of a theologian. His exploration into the universe of Star Wars actually led me to a deeper understanding of the awe of God that runs through all of life. When Timothy wrote "I was made with a longing for awe..." I got shivers. The great fun of this book is the way the author highlights the nostalgia we all feel for the Star Wars movies and then uses those warm feelings to introduce us to deep, intimate truths about God. Since you can "look inside this book" on your own, I won't bother repeating the table of contents to you. But I will say this is one I can easily recommend.
Amazing insight! Jan 4, 2006
In 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.
Most likely, this book will appeal to young people or to science fiction fans in general. To that end, however, it could be a clever witnessing tool for reaching a generation that never tires of talking about the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Han Solo. -- Mike Hentz, Christian Book Previews.com