From Lubbock, Texas. What Brought You Here? I don’t know.

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Last night I taught my course (adjunct) at Seattle Pacific University, stopped and saw my dad at the hospital on the way to the airport to catch the red-eye (leave at 11:15PM arrive Chicago at 5AM) flight. Checked emails first thing and found a new review posted at amazon.com.

Given that last night I talked to students about the importance of taking cultural artifacts seriously and not just exploiting them, you can imagine my horror at finding the following review posted at amazon: “This book offers only a little insight into the Jedi way. The Star Wars quotes are applied out of context and twisted to fit the author’s ideas. In fact you could take out all the Star War quotes and the book would be relatively unchanged. Take out the Christianity and there is no content left, yet the front cover has JEDI WISDOM in big font while “Christian” hovers above “JEDI” in a small font. Essentially, The author is just using the commercial success of Star Wars.”

I take readers comments seriously and asked myself if what this guy is saying seems true¢â‚¬¦ I think not. It seems to me this is another case of a reader criticizing me for not writing the book he wanted instead of critiquing the book I DID write!

In “Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters” I did not intend to write a book about Jedi Theology; there a few of those out there. I also did not set out to write a book comparing and contrasting Christian theology and Jedi Theology.

The book I wrote asks the question: how did Luke Skywalker progress from a clueless, directionless kid in the desert to status as a full fledged Jedi Knight? The Jedi Wisdom I explored is that of ObiWan and Yoda who successfully mentored this young man to greatness.

In the process of exploring this I found fertile ground for following the progression of spiritual journey in the Christian tradition (with principles applicable in many spiritual traditions). It is the CHRISTIAN wisdom of the Jedi I am after.

It is interesting to me that Jesus was primarily a “practical” daily life teacher. His teaching was not theoretical, but was rather faith in practice. Today’s younger generation is often like Luke; wanting life to be more, but not knowing how to get there. It is the arc of his story that so many people connect to and his heroic evolution is one many aspire to.

I’m sitting at Starbucks in downtown Chicago and I just spied a young woman wearing flip-flops with her business attire. I asked her if she wears them in the winter¢â‚¬¦She said she just moved here from Lubbock, Texas and is accustomed to warmer weather. I asked what brought her to Chicago¢â‚¬¦she said: “I don’t know.”

She is looking for something¢â‚¬¦She’s not sure what it is¢â‚¬¦She knows she hasn’t found it yet. She is a seeker on journey. Who is her Yoda? Will she find her way without one?

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub..

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