Hope and Other Superpowers: A Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifesto Book Pdf ePub

Hope and Other Superpowers: A Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifesto

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Published 06 Nov 2018
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Pages256
Edition8
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 1501179667
ISBN139781501179662
Languageeng



Overwhelmed by the news cycle and the state of affairs in our world? Pastor, blogger, and powerful voice in the Resistance, John Pavlovitz has the answer: this rousing and inspirational guide, drawing from lessons of our favorite superheroes, for how we can band together, live more heroically (and meaningfully), and save the world.
It’s exhausting to give a damn these days, isn’t it? Perhaps you’re feeling anguished about what you see on the news or in your social media timeline, or by your personal circumstances, and are paralyzed waiting for political or religious leaders, or celebrities, to rescue us from it all.
But what if you didn’t have to wait for someone else?
What if you could be the hero?
This book—a spirited call to action—shows you how.
In these pages, John offers a path away from the vitriol and toward com­passion, and a plan to transform our burdens into dreams and our outrage into activism. Drawing from lessons of beloved fictional superheroes, John shows us how to identify our origin story, build protective suits of armor, guard against our personal kryptonite, and vanquish our villains. He also identifies ten specific “superpowers” that we can enlist to make our lives and our world better. Along the way, he shares inspiring anecdotes and profiles about ordinary people who saw a gap in the world in empathy or kindness or gratitude and decided to fill it.
Hope and Other Superpowers is an invitation to anyone hoping to be the kind of person the world so desperately needs—the kind who can save it. In other words: it’s an invitation to you.

"Hope and Other Superpowers: A Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifesto" Reviews

D.B.
5
Tue, 04 Sep 2018

Author: John Pavlovitz
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster Author’s Book Page
Genre: Self-Help: Personal Growth, Motivational, Religion: Christianity, Christian, Social Issues
Page Count: 256 pages
ISBN: 9781501179655
Publication Date: November 2018
Ships on or near: November 16, 2018
Available in Hardcover, Unabridged Audio Digital, and eBook
Pre-order From: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound
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My Rating: 5 Stars  
About the Author: From the Publisher:
"John Pavlovitz is a pastor and blogger from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past two years his blog, Stuff That Needs To Be Said, has reached a diverse audience of millions of people throughout the world, with an average monthly readership of over a million people. His home church, North Raleigh Community Church, is a growing, nontraditional Christian community dedicated to radical hospitality, mutual respect, and diversity of doctrine. John is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, Relevant Magazine, Scary Mommy, ChurchLeaders.com, and The Good Men Project."
“John’s first full-length book is available on WJK Books and other book retailers. A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community shares a bit of John’s story and a vision for spiritual community that allows everyone a place.” Read Excerpt
Author’s Social Media Sites: JOHN PAVLOVITZ: Stuff That Needs To Be Said Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Contact John   
About HOPE AND OTHER SUPERPOWERS From the Publisher:
"Overwhelmed by the news cycle and the state of affairs in our world? Pastor, blogger, and powerful voice in the Resistance, John Pavlovitz has the answer: this rousing and inspirational guide, drawing from lessons of our favorite superheroes, for how we can band together, live more heroically (and meaningfully) and save the world. 
It’s exhausting to give a damn these days, isn’t it? Perhaps you’re feeling anguished about what you see on the news or in your social media timeline, or by your personal circumstances, and are paralyzed waiting for political or religious leaders, or celebrities, to rescue us from it all.
But what if you didn’t have to wait for someone else?
What if you could be the hero?
This book—a spirited call to action—shows you how.
In these pages, John offers a path away from the vitriol and toward com­passion, and a plan to transform our burdens into dreams and our outrage into activism. Drawing from lessons of beloved fictional superheroes, John shows us how to identify our origin story, build protective suits of armor, guard against our personal kryptonite, and vanquish our villains. He also identifies ten specific “superpowers” that we can enlist to make our lives and our world better. Along the way, he shares inspiring anecdotes and profiles about ordinary people who saw a gap in the world in empathy or kindness or gratitude and decided to fill it.
Hope and Other Superpowers is an invitation to anyone hoping to be the kind of person the world so desperately needs—the kind who can save it. In other words: it’s an invitation to you."
My Review:
In HOPE AND OTHER SUPERPOWERS we find John Pavlovitz doing what John Pavlovitz does best; articulating the questions, anger, and helplessness millions are feeling today, and have felt since November 9, 2016. Pavlovitz offers hope, but more importantly, he provides feasible solutions. The majority of Americans have become adept at pointing out what is wrong with our country and its leadership. Everyone watches the news, reads the paper and books while crying out for someone to do something. Millions of Americans want Superman or Wonder Woman to swoop in and save the day from the villains who are robbing Americans of their security and peace of mind while instilling fear in the country’s population. Many are looking for someone with the prerequisite superpowers to right the ship and alter its course, sooner rather than later. It isn’t enough to point out the wrongs without offering a solution to the problem. In HOPE AND OTHER SUPERPOWERS, Pavlovitz provides the reader with many useful tools to recognize their innate superpowers and challenges the reader to begin using these superpowers.
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Dan
- Saint Louis, MO
3
Mon, 03 Dec 2018

Good audiobook- narrated by the author. He is a warm, loving soul with a podcast and following. Not happy with the Trump era. The superhero metaphor is the entire book. Not a lot of new stuff for me, but worth reading.

Jennifer
- The United States
5
Mon, 05 Nov 2018

A book about superheroes, our current political landscape, and hope? And they go together all in one book?
Yep.
I have followed the author, John Pavlovitz since 2016, shortly after Trump was elected. He popped up in my Facebook feed and I headed to his blog to read more. He is viewed as polarizing pastor in some circles but oddly enough, it's primarily the church circles who view him as such.
So, a book review about politics, religion and a polarizing pastor? This should go well.
It will. I promise. Because this book is about hope and I don't know a single person, in the church or out of the church, who doesn't need hope. I know I do.
And did I mention superheroes? He uses all the well known superheroes to beautifully illustrate the points of his book. I'm a sucker for superheroes so I was hooked.
What this book boils down to is how we treat each other and how we inspire and give hope to others. That issue is something that has been on my mind a lot lately, and really, the past several years.
John gave an example of watching coverage of Hurricane Harvey and rescue after rescue - others helping others without a care as to what their political views were, what church they attended or didn't attend, their race, or whether they were legal citizens or not.
That was eye opening to me because he was right; I watched the same footage and I never wondered if the woman stranded in her home voted for Trump or Clinton.
I would be lying if I said that my heart doesn't hurt for how our president treats others or that I can support that behavior just because he is our president. I can't look past it in favor of policy. But at the same time, I can't directly influence a change in him either and that realization has been deeply dividing for our country.
This book helped me to refocus.
He wrote about activism; a word that scares a lot of people. But it's really not frightening at all when it ends up as simply looking to help those who have been marginalized in your own community. I don't have to 100% agree with someone to be kind and helpful.
I don't even agree with the author on every point but I took from the book what I needed for my heart, for my life. And that's the approach I'm going to start taking on a daily basis. It's hard to be angry and despondent when you are focused on helping others.
From a writing perspective, John is a great writer. He is passionate and he has a way of conveying his passion through examples, like the Hurricane Harvey passage, and of course the superheroes.
This was a fairly quick read and left me feeling better than I did before I started the book. I am still thinking about what he wrote and that is typically a sign of a good book - if it sticks with you after you turn the final page.
Who would I recommend this book to? Anyone in need of hope; especially the weary and the hurting. And please don't let the pastor thing scare you off. This book was written for everyone and quite possibly more for those who have been hurt and turned away by the traditional church.
This book is available on November 6th which just happens to be Election Day. Well played, John Pavlovitz. Because no matter how the results come in, hope is still needed whether you are red or blue.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Simon & Schuster, for the advanced reader's copy. I received this ebook for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

Jennie
3
Sun, 14 Oct 2018

Are you a superhero? You just might have what it takes, a superpower, and not even realize it. This author uses Super Heroes and their attributes as well as things that may be your kryptonite to show the reader how they can deal with their current world. Whether it be outside forces or internal ones there are simple ways to use your superpower. Don’t think you have a superpower? Well, it surprised me to learn that compassion and courage are superpowers!
This book is a little like a memoir in that the author uses many instances from his life as well as those he ministers to in order to help illustrate a plan of action for the reader.

Lorena
4
Mon, 05 Nov 2018

In the first chapter, Pastor John Pavlovitz states that “Adversity (ours or others’) is always an invitation to be transformed.” I feel like that’s a good summary for the message of this book. The author shares many stories, both his own and others’, showing how our most difficult experiences can inspire us to discover our heroism, live more meaningful lives, and work to make the world a better place.
The book draws on the author’s love of comic books, and his frequent pop culture quotes and comic book references, as well as his self-deprecating sense of humor, add some fun to this manifesto. The ordinary superpowers that he promotes are compassion, sacrifice, courage, humor, humility, honesty, kindness, creativity, persistence, wonder, and gratitude, as well as hope and love. Regardless of our beliefs and affiliations, I’m sure most of us would like to see more of these values.
I love the author’s blog, but I felt like this book dragged a little bit at times. Still, if you are looking for a bit of inspiration and encouragement, I recommend you give this a try. Many passages were sweet, instructive, and easy to relate to, such as the author’s story of receiving spiritual nourishment from attending a U2 concert or making time for a spontaneous dance party with his daughter.
Note that the author is vocally progressive in his politics and not shy about his dissatisfaction with the Trump administration, so Trump fans probably won’t care for this. I think the book was carefully written to be inclusive of most other folks. While Mr. Pavlovitz does discuss his vocation as a pastor, this is not particularly a Christian book; there is very little religious content and I never felt uncomfortable reading this as a nonreligious person. Consider this passage as an example:
Whether you’re a person who believes that life is the work of an eternal creator initiating everything, or you understand the world to be a random, organic evolutionary process, the conclusion you come to about yourself should be similarly awe-inspiring. Either you are an intentional work of art fashioned by the hand of a limitless creator, or you are a once-in-history, never-to-be-repeated miracle of matter and gravity.
I was provided an ARC through NetGalley that I volunteered to review. Because I have not seen the final published version, I cannot comment on the final editing and formatting.

Lisa
- The United States
3
Mon, 18 Feb 2019

I really enjoy John Pavlovitz's blog and appreciate his perspective on life. As a liberal Christian, I also appreciate the way he lets people know that his views are rooted in his faith, without in any way pushing it on people. Example from pg 161: "But this isn't a book about theology; it's an invitation to be the kind of person the world needs, and you don't need to subscribe to a certain spiritual tradition in order to be such a person."
This book left me feeling like it fell a little short. The idea of it being encouraging, and helping would-be activists and world-changers to recognize their capabilities is good. The super hero metaphor works well. But the actual advice for getting out there an doing something seemed so brief in comparison to the rest. I found it somewhat inspirational, but much less than a manifesto.
Do read his blog, though - Stuff that Needs to Be Said. It's great! https://johnpavlovitz.com/

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