The Good, The Bad and The Critic

Established on March 19th, 2012 and pioneered by film fanatic Michael J. Carlisle. The Good, The Bad and The Critic will analyze classic and contemporary films from all corners of the globe. This title references Sergei Leone's influential spaghetti western The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Thy Geekdom Come Vol.2 (2021) Book Review

Title: Thy Geekdom Come Vol. 2
Year: 2021
Publisher: Mythos & Ink
Country: Canada

Growing up as a lover of science fiction, the written works of  Issac Asimov (I Robot) & Arthur C. Clarke  (2001: A Space Odyssey) felt very separate from my own faith & relationship to the church. I couldn't foresee a devotional made about Akira or Star Trek. Church often, as the writer of the foreword Dr. Michael Boyce says, denied the validity of these works because they weren't explicitly Christian.  Thy Geekdom Come Vol.2 seeks to meld these two, seemingly distant items, together into a fascinating read. 

Thy Geekdom Come Vol. 2 is a collection of 42 devotionals that challenge readers to look for faith in their favorite stories from pop culture. Written by a collection of Canadian authors and pastors from a variety of Christian backgrounds, it is already making rounds among the Christian & science fiction community. 

Thy Geekdom Come Vol. 2 is a fairly strong academic exercise. Featuring pieces written & approved by scholars, each devotional is a sincere study of both art & faith that will leave the reader with a deeper appreciation for pop culture, in addition to lesser known biblical characters like Gomer. As a person with a novice understanding of Christianity, I appreciate that Thy Geekdom Come didn't just trend the familiar stories of Exodus,  Genesis etc. but went further like comparing Akira to Matthew 20: 25-28 in Justin Koop's Power in Akira and the Church. 

In each devotion we are treated to geek quote, scripture, and refection questions. The book encourages hours of self-reflection as each question, like "Has a major disappointment ever shaken your faith?" from No Power in the Verse Can Stop Faith is quite thought-provoking, especially in relation to the devotional itself.  

Even though I didn't quite know every reference in Thy Geekdom Come Vol II. there are 42 of these devotionals which should be enough to find something that speaks to you as a fan and/or person of faith. The book is so well put together that a person of any faith can pick this up & find some enjoyment within its pages. 

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