God on the Streets of Gotham by Paul Asay was a book that I picked solely because a friend of ours wrote a review on The Dark Knight when it premiered and drew several spiritual parallels between the movie and Jesus Christ. I must say that this book did not disappoint in the least and I actually found myself underlining and folding down page corners. I never do that! The author looked at several different aspects of Batman from his armor to his code to his sacrifice and made comparisons between that and the Savior. Each chapter took me awhile to read because I found myself stopping to think about a question the author posed or an analogy he presented. Overall this is one of the best books I've read this year and one that I consider a must-read for anyone who is a Batman or superhero fan.
I did want to share a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
- "The thing that mattered was not the "why" but the "what next"-how he responded to the trials set before him."
- "But the faithful hope returns...eventually. That's what having faith is all about, trusting and hoping in something greater than us, something higher."
- "After all, we'd all do what was right if it were easy. It's doing what's right when things get tough that sets heroes apart."