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Monday, March 10, 2014

No Cape Required: Devotional for Every Day Super Heroes

Do you feel like Super-mom without her cape? Or, perhaps you relate more to Wonder Woman, reveling thoughtlessly in what you think is your own accomplishments. I received this book as a kindle e-book to review as part of the Book Look program for bloggers, which used to be called BookSneeze. All that was asked of me in exchange was to write an honest review, which is as follows:

No Cape Required  by Kristen Parrish is a really easy-to-read fun devotional that uses well-known Super Heroes to brings us back to earth and gain perspective of where we can find our strength to make it through day-to-day life - Especially on the days when we feel quite a bit less than "Super!"

The book uses short, daily, devotions to point out characteristics of Super Heroes and how each relate to shining the light of Christ in our own lives. It presents 52 ways to unleash your inner "hero" by pointing out.

The author addresses 52 character traits and popular super heroes that come also from movies and books. Here are just a handful of some of my favorites:

  • Justice, using Super Man
  • Friendship, using Dr. Spock and Star Trek
  • Hope in Others, Belle from Beauty and the Beast
  • Charity, Robin Hood
  • Repentance, from Narnia character
  • Quiet Service, Alfred from Batman
  • Kindness, Melanie from Gone with the Wind
  • Bravery, from Dorothy of Wizard of Oz
  • Encouragement, from Woody of Toy Story
  • Honesty, from Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry
  • Responsibility, from Spider Man
  • Leadership, from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Thankfulness, from George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life
There are 52 characters, which makes it easy to cover one each week of the year.

Each short devotion covers a meaningful scripture, a description about the Super Hero, a prayer and a call to action. The Call to action might include something like thanking someone or finding something to be grateful about. Regardless of the action, they each stir up a real-life connection to the easy-to-read devotion for that week.

I really enjoy that some of the descriptions included historically accurate renditions of how some of these stories came about.

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