Thursday, October 01, 2015

Book Review: The Salvation of Doctor Who

The Salvation of Doctor Who: A Small Group Study Connecting Christ and CultureThe Salvation of Doctor Who: A Small Group Study Connecting Christ and Culture by Matt Rawle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Matt Rawle's book, The Salvation of Doctor Who, offers spiritual insights and connections between Doctor Who and the Christian faith. The book is divided into four sections, where each section focuses on a different part of Doctor Who (the T.A.R.D.I.S., the Doctor’s enemies, the nature of time, the Doctor himself, etc.) The chapters are short, intended to be read daily, in-between the meetings with the small group.

As the subtitle of the book tells you (A Small Group Study Connecting Christ and Culture), this book is meant to be used as a guide for a small group study. I’m guessing this is why I found it a bit repetitive in nature since I read it all in one sitting. I also felt like the book was a bit disjointed at times: Rawle would throw in tidbits about Doctor Who and then the next paragraph would start with a Bible verse without really any real transition. And while some of the comparisons he made were on point, others seemed like a bit of a stretch.

I also disagreed with some of Rawle’s theology, but not significantly enough that it hampered my enjoyment of the book. Overall, I don’t regret reading the book, but I probably won’t read it again.

(Thank you Netgalley and Abingdon Press for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.)

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