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Thursday, 12 April 2007
Converse with Scholars interview
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Publicity and Reviews
The people at Converse with Scholars are a lot of fun! Sharp, enjoyable people who can be quite crazy too. On April 12, I was privileged to be featured on the Converse with Scholars show. To listen to the Finding God in a Galaxy Far Far Away interview on Converse with Scholars, click here.

Posted by timothypauljones at 10:20 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, 13 April 2007 10:22 PM CDT
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Check out tonight's interview!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Publicity and Reviews


 


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Thursday, 22 February 2007
Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away is now a Random House book!
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Due to Random House's recent acquisition of Multnomah Books and the merger of Multnomah Books with Waterbrook, Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away is now a Random House product. Please click here to order the book from Random House!

Posted by timothypauljones at 10:34 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, 22 February 2007 10:36 AM CST
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Monday, 25 December 2006
Another not-quite-great-but-pretty-funny video
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: For Your Information
If you're a Star Wars fan and you know The Empire Strikes Back pretty well, this is a hilarious video---otherwise, it's just kind of sick and bizarre---giving the Wampa's viewpoint on Luke's time in the ice cave. Click here to check out Wampa!

Posted by timothypauljones at 10:12 AM CST
Updated: Monday, 25 December 2006 10:14 AM CST
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Wednesday, 25 October 2006
Monty Python meets Star Wars
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: For Your Information
If you like Star Wars and Monty Python and if you have a ... ummm ... generous sense of humor, you will enjoy this.

Posted by timothypauljones at 5:41 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 25 October 2006 5:43 PM CDT
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Monday, 31 July 2006
Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away: A Spiritual Exploration of the Star Wars Saga
Topic: For Your Information

Nothing in your life is ordinary.

You were made for something far greater.

Your present world isn’t supposed to be this small.

And no, you don’t have to be an extreme adventurer, or even a Star Wars fan, to live this larger life.

Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away is about something more than a movie: It’s about rediscovering your sense of awe--an awareness that many contemporary people have successfully squelched from their everyday lives.

But God never meant it to be that way.

After exploring this eye-opening study of the spiritual parallels found in the Star Wars saga, you’ll be marveling at the mysterious, laughing anew at life’s “coincidences,” and remembering above all the Creator for which you were made.

After reading Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, Josh Griffin, editor of TheForce.Net commented, "The Force is strong with this one. Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away is an insightful journey connecting the fictional Star Wars universe and real-life faith. Full of insights that will deepen your life and help you better understand why God created us and how he intended for us to live. I could not recommend it more."

Kevin Miller, movie reviewer at HollywoodJesus.Com, put it this way, "Timothy Paul Jones has a knack for finding Christian parallels within the Star Wars universe and then showing readers how to apply these truths to their lives. If you own a lightsaber—or a Bible—you’re sure to benefit from reading this book."

Are you ready to begin your journey?

 Click here for a sample chapter!


Posted by timothypauljones at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Saturday, 16 December 2006 7:37 AM CST
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Monday, 3 July 2006
Roundtable Reviews
Topic: Publicity and Reviews
Click here to see what Roundtable Reviews had to say about Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Posted by timothypauljones at 2:28 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, 31 July 2006 3:59 PM CDT
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Saga Journal Review
Topic: Publicity and Reviews

Saga Journal had this to say about Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away ...

Christian authors have come a long way since Frank Allnut's The Force of Star Wars was published in 1978. It used to be that religious authors either made flimsy and sometimes ridiculous connections between a particular brand of Christianity and the Star Wars films, as Allnut did, or they condemned the films as a vehicle for peddling New Age ideas or paganism to young people.

Thankfully, most Christian views of the saga today are positive and more informed, since there are many Star Wars fans among the devout. One of them is author Timothy Paul Jones, pastor of First Baptist Church of Rolling Hills, Oklahoma. As is often the case with books that discuss religion and popular culture, Star Wars is the hook to get the reader in the door. Jones wants readers to find the same sort of awe (a word he uses frequently) in their faith as they do watching the Star Wars films, only to a greater degree.

Thankfully, Jones understands the films well enough for his points to make sense to fans and to the faithful. He uses the films as a springboard for discussion and contemplation. When he writes about the need for community, i.e. the community of a church, he uses Anakin as an example of someone whose pursuit of power cost him all of the people in his life, leaving him broken and alone. When he writes about faith, he differentiates between Luke's belief in the Force's existence and Luke's (lack of) faith that he could move his X-Wing out of the Dagobah swamp waters.

The book is divided into three parts: "Your First Step Into A Larger World," "Come With Me," and "Impossible to See, The Future Is," with seven chapters total, along with an appendix and a study guide. The overall idea is to find that sense of awe in everyday life, in others, and in the unexpected. Like The Dharma of Star Wars, there are "Spiritual Exercises For The Serious Padawan" but instead of Zen verse, there are prayers and exercises using Scripture. Jones also has Bible study lessons that use both his book and the Star Wars films. For the uninitiated, there's a section that summarizes all six films.

Finding God In A Galaxy Far, Far Away is probably the best Christian-themed book concerning Star Wars to date. Fans might be able to find an insight or two that connects their love of Star Wars with their faith, while pastors and religious educators will find it a great way to connect with their flock.


Posted by timothypauljones at 2:25 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, 31 July 2006 3:57 PM CDT
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Saturday, 1 July 2006
Resources for the serious Padawan
Topic: Learning Resources
For more information about Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, go to Revel in Wonder.

Posted by timothypauljones at 7:03 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 15 October 2006 8:46 PM CDT
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Sunday, 1 January 2006
Best of 2005
Topic: Publicity and Reviews
Readers at LifeWay Christian Resources chose Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away as one of the best books of 2005!

Posted by timothypauljones at 12:01 AM CST
Updated: Monday, 31 July 2006 3:56 PM CDT
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