2017 Illumination Award Winner in the Ministry/Mission category
Author, pastor, and co-founder of the cosplay ministry Costumers for Christ, Scott Bayles is passionate about teaching spiritual life lessons based on the stories of comic book heroes. Likening the legends of superheroes to modern-day parables, Bayles connects the timeless truths of God's Word with the stories of Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Spider-Man, Green Lantern, the X-Men, and others. So, if you're a fan of DC and Marvel and a follower of Jesusor if you'd like to know more about one or the otherthen this book is for you! Ultimately, you'll discover Jesus is the greatest superhero of all! Great for older teens, young adultsand beyond!
• Builds a bridge from the fictional world of superheroes to the one true superheroJesus Christ. • Chapters feature easy-to-follow headings that make excellent sermon outlines for pastors. • Includes discussion questions for small groups and features cosplay photos to introduce each character.
"This isn't your average title-bait devotional. It doesn't tempt readers in with promises of Spider Man and Wonder Woman, only to bury the beloved heroes beneath pages of biblical padding. Rather Holy Heroes tactfully merges superpowers with spirituality, giving the heroes' own stories and complexities as much focus as the biblical truths that they manifest. It's likely that even those more interested in fandom than faith will find something worth sticking around for. Superman as a Christ-figure? Thor as an allusion to the Prodigal Son? Green Arrow as a re-telling of the story of Joseph? Holy Heroes covers all these and more, and those interested in the use of allusion in their favorite MARVEL and DC narratives will discover new, biblically-inspired ways to appreciate their favorite stories and characters."Casey Lynn Covell, Geeks Under Grace
"What an interesting and unique book! I never knew much about comic-book heroes, but I have a newfound appreciation for them and for the genre. This is an exceptional book!"Victoria McGoey, Proofreader
Scott Bayles serves as Pastor of Blooming Grove Christian Church in Palmyra, IL. His enthusiasm for comic books and costuming, and his passion to reach fellow geeks with the gospel, led him to be co-founder of Costumers for Christ, a nonprofit ministry that uses comic-book characters and cosplay to share the story of Jesus. Bayles has published two other books, The Greatest Commands (2008) and Restoring the Restoration Movement (2010).
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