Staub, USA Today. Newsweek. You.

My new book, “Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters” is out and we’re getting some great press.

Today it is USA Today.

“Christians have their own interpretations.

“When we first meet Luke, he’s a clueless kid,” says Dick Staub, 57, author of Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters (Jossey-Bass, .95). “He doesn’t know the Force exists, and yet it’s all around him and eventually becomes the passion and focus of his life.

“I followed it through the teachings of Jesus as a metaphor for a spiritual journey that any young person would make.”

He also points to the scene in The Empire Strikes Back in which Skywalker is trying to use the Force to lift a starfighter craft out of the swamp. The frustrated Skywalker tells Yoda that he’s trying to do it, and Yoda says: “Do or do not. There is no try.”

“It reminds me,” Staub says, “of something Jesus was talking about when he told his followers not to be just hearers of the words, but to be doers. A spiritual journey is not just a ‘try it’ kind of thing.”

Last week Newsweek quoted me,

“Dick Staub, a faith and culture commentator, just released “Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters,” which compares Luke Skywalker’s journey to become a Jedi knight with a Christian youth’s journey for spiritual enlightenment. “I think there’s a much more interesting conversation about spirituality happening in pop culture than there is in the typical church,” says Staub.”

But the best promotion of all is readers like you, who get excited and tell your friends about a book like “Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters.”

Here’s what one pastor said at

[One of our keenest Christian culture watchers, Staub enables the readers of his latest book to examine what C.S. Lewis called “mere Christianity” through the lens of the Star Wars myth.

By aligning his tome with a popular series of films, Staub has opened himself to a barrage of inane criticism from both narrow-minded Christians and their mirror images; reactionary secular film purists. But the author is only doing what generations of the faithful have always done; relating the old, old story of the “one true myth” (Lewis) to a contemporary audience in language and imagery they can understand.

FUNDAMENTALISTS TAKE NOTICE: Staub is NOT saying that the Star Wars franchise is a Christian film series, that George Lucas is a closet believer, or that Yoda graduated from Bob Jones University! Once again, he is simply presenting “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 1:3) in a form a large segment of our society can relate to, without out distorting the Christian message and worldview in the process.

One other point needs to be made here. This book should not be passed up by Christians who are not Star Wars fans. Staub’s writing is clear, rich, and highly quotable. His citations of a vast array of writers and thinkers are enlightening. His challenges are (sometimes painfully) penetrating. In addition, ‘Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters’ is a model of cross-cultural communication at its best.

Get this book. Read it. Think about it. Give it to your friends.]

Thanks for your support of my work. May the Lord of the Force be with you!

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

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

PS 2. If you haven’t yet done so, register for our daily updates. You won’t regret it!

  • Register for CW
  • PS 3.

    If you have comments regarding this column please contact us at:

  • CultureWatch:

  • This web site is supported solely by tax-deductible donations. Please mail your generous contributions to: The Center for Faith and Culture, PO Box 77385, Seattle, Washington 98177

    ‚©CRS Communications 2005

    Posted in Staublog in May 19, 2005 by | No Comments »

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.

    + 16 = 17

    More from Staublog