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

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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
ebook, 256 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Simon & Schuster
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Janette Fuller
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a call to action. It is a call for activism and resistance against the upside-down world we live in. Americans (in general) and Christians (specifically) no longer seem burdened to love the least, or to be agents of compassion, or to care for your Muslim, gay, African, female, or poor neighbors as yourself.

The author uses popular comic book heroes to identify ways of cultivating key traits (ordinary superpowers) that will improve our lives and our outlook on the worldwide community.
Jennie Rosenblum
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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 tha
D.B. Moone
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to D.B. by: I received this book from Simon & Schuster Publishing via NetGalley
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

Note: The links will open in separate windows so you do not have to find yo
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 comi
Dan Connors
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
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.
Nicole Overmoyer
The full title of the book I’m here to review today is… Hope and Other Superpowers: A Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifesto. John Pavlovitz wrote this book and, presumably, picked the title. It is possibly the longest title I’ve ever seen but the book is absolutely worth ever hyphen in the title.

A few things, first.

When I requested the ARC of this nonfiction book from NetGalley (thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the chance to read it and offer my tho
I loved the premise of this book, but wasn't impressed by the book itself. I'm not sure who the intended audience is. The stories from the author's life and the cursing make me think it is for adults, but the tone is more appropriate for middle-grade children (since my 35 year old, Presbyterian minister husband loves superheroes, I assume they're for children and adults alike). Also, while I am fine with some swearing in books, I know my library's director isn't going to include a book with curs ...more
Audrey Adamson
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hope and Other Superpowers using a current trend to help people to understand that they have their gifts. The superhero trend isn't used as a gimmick; John Pavlovitz uses these figures and ideas 6to make the idea of gifts and talents relatable. This metaphor works well in encouraging people to use what is in them. He brings to the forefront how important hope, love, sacrifice, and courage is and how these are superpowers in themselves.
I came away feeling refreshed about myself and my world. We a
Jess Macallan
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspiration
4.5 stars

HOPE AND OTHER SUPERPOWERS is an uplifting read about how average people can tap into their superpowers and make a difference. I enjoyed the author's approach to inspiring readers by sharing his story and the story of everyday people doing amazing things. The author didn't sugarcoat anything going on in the world, or his own experiences, but instead focused on humor, encouragement, and honesty. Rest when you need to, and get back to work and make a contribution in a way that's unique to
Pat Giese
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
More inspiration from pastor John!
While I'm not sold on the concept that we all have super-hero abilities inside of us, I do accept that we are stronger/braver/smarter than we think we are. It is the act of choosing to do something where we put those capabilities to use vs. spending too much time making excuses, being afraid to try new things, convincing ourselves we might fail, etc that keeps us from doing what is possible to make this a better world.
If you need to be convinced that your smal
Chris Worthy
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was able to read an advance copy of this book through Netgalley. If you enjoyed John's first book, A Bigger Table, you will love this one. It is the next step - embracing our individual superpowers to effect change in ourselves and in the world. With the daily deluge of bad news, it can be easy to give up hope. This book is the infusion of affirmation the world needs. There is so much work to be done. After reading this, it's a little easier to believe we can work together to make it happen.
Martin Hensley
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book to read when you are ready to give up. When there is just too much wrong with the world and you simply can’t face it for another day, much less fight it. John Pavlovitz reminds you that you are not alone, that your actions do affect others and that the good fight is never in vain. If Pavlovitz’s blog often seems angry of late, this is his alter ego, committed to providing hope and encouragement. This is a book that deserves to be highlighted and dog earred to death.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
A call to activism at many levels. Pavlovitz takes the reader through character traits (compassion, honesty, etc.) needed to be a superhero in today's world.
Not necessarily new material but summarized in one location. He challenges/encourages the reader to see where they're called to be active in their communities.
S Cina
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was hope-filled, and just what I needed. I highly recommend it. And now I’m off to save the world, or at least to use what I have to contribute to the things I believe are life-giving.
I listened to it, read by the author. That, and his honesty, his choice of stories to share, and the language he uses all contribute to a refreshing authenticity.
Kristine M Smith
Love John Pavlovitz and this book!

He speaks truth to power and encourages us to be super heroes in our own communities. He is a true Christian -- he loves all human souls.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was inspirational and informative. John Pavlovitz is a great writer in any format. I've been enjoying his articles for the couple of years I've known about him.
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