Hope and Other Superpowers
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 Details

TitleHope and Other Superpowers
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster
ISBN-139781501179662
Rating
GenrePolitics, Religion, Christianity, Nonfiction, Self Help, Christian

Hope and Other Superpowers Review

  • Janette Fuller
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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. The book warns about the weaknesses (our personal Kryptonite) that leaves us vulnerable to the adversaries and villains that we will face on the journey.Superpowers don't work alone but in teams of other people with the ultimate goal of creating a global movement of radical goodness. This book provides guidelines for locating like-minded heroes and how to join together to achieve common goals.Mr. Pavlovitz shares stories of some ordinary superhumans to illustrate how they triumphed against adversity, despair and opposition. These stories serve as an example to launch us into our greater purpose and destiny.The author recently made the following plea on his blog, and this book provides guidance on how to take meaningful action."You and I need to pick a hill worth dying on right now, and we need to ascend it without delay. We need to speak and write and work and protest, and do all the things we’ve been waiting for someone else to do." I read this book from cover to cover and found it quite compelling. Mr. Pavlovitz is an excellent writer and expresses his ideas, views and opinions in a very articulate and meaningful manner. He has built a huge platform of supporters on social media sites and frequently expresses his dislike for President Trump and the current political environment in our country.However, I don't think this book is about politics, religion or liberalism. I believe Mr. Pavlovitz is sincere in his desire to make this a better world. The purpose for this book is to inspire and motivate ordinary people to get off the sidelines and take a stand for their beliefs and convictions. He warns that there will be a price to pay for taking a bold stand on controversial social, political and religious issues. You will face the scorn and rejection of family members, co-workers, church members...your mother might think your brother/sister is better than you. Put on your cape and use the superpowers described in this book to turn your back on fear and pick a hill worth dying on.I feel like our country has lowered the bar on what is morally right and wrong. I don't even like watching the news anymore. The bad news just keeps coming. This book stirs something deep inside of me. It confirms the popular quotation by Edmund Burke; "All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing." Hope and Other Super Powers will be released on November 6...election day. A coincidence? No, I don't think so.
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  • Jennie Rosenblum
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • D.B. Moone
    January 1, 1970
    Author: John PavlovitzPublisher: Simon & SchusterSimon & Schuster Author’s Book PageGenre: Self-Help: Personal Growth, Motivational, Religion: Christianity, Christian, Social IssuesPage Count: 256 pagesISBN: 9781501179655Publication Date: November 2018Ships on or near: November 16, 2018Available in Hardcover, Unabridged Audio Digital, and eBookPre-order From: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBoundNote: The links will open in separate windows so you do not have to find yo Author: John PavlovitzPublisher: Simon & SchusterSimon & Schuster Author’s Book PageGenre: Self-Help: Personal Growth, Motivational, Religion: Christianity, Christian, Social IssuesPage Count: 256 pagesISBN: 9781501179655Publication Date: November 2018Ships on or near: November 16, 2018Available in Hardcover, Unabridged Audio Digital, and eBookPre-order From: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBoundNote: The links will open in separate windows so you do not have to find your way back to the review. 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 ExcerptAuthor’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.For my complete review, please visit www.dbmoone.com
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  • Lorena
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 cursing in our religion section. The book is also quite scattered and therefore hard to follow. Overall, a good concept, but disappointing.I received an ARC from NetGalley.
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  • Audrey Adamson
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 all have good and we can make a difference in this world even if we don't have a cape. I received an ARC through NetGalley; all opinions are my own.
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  • Jess Macallan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsHOPE 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 4.5 starsHOPE 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 you.If you need a boost of positivity and the reminder that you have a superpower to tap into, you'll want to read this book.
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  • Nicole Overmoyer
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 thoughts!), I picked it because the title seemed ambitious and I was trying to pick outside my genre-comfort zone, so I picked self-help. I did not realize that John Pavlovitz is a pastor, I did not realize that John Pavlovitz is considered one of the more liberal prominent pastors in the country, and I did not realize that the ‘superpower’ part of the title meant I’d need a working knowledge of comic book heroes to get the analogies made in this book.When I realized these three things, as I started the book, I was quickly wary because I am agnostic, I’m generally skeptical of the motives of megachurch pastors, and I’ve never seen a comic book movie (Marvel or DC or whatever else there is, it’s all very confusing).However, and this is an important part, Hope and Other Superpowers is not about why I should go to church and give myself up to Jesus, let him take the wheel as Carrie Underwood sings. Pavlovitz mentions being a pastor but I had the sense that he was not writing as pastor to his flock, but as a human being to other human beings. And, possibly less important but very surprising, I really want to watch all the comic book movies!I was going to say I didn’t expect this book to be what it was but I don’t know what I expected it to be so I will say this…I didn’t know I needed to read this book, but I did.It’s in part a call to larger action, in that it’s fairly obvious how Pavlovitz feels about the current president, but it’s also a call to any action at all. A reminder that every single action we undertake has a ripple effect on both our own lives and the wider world. The underlying theme is that we all have the power to be the superheroes we see in movies and comic books, even when the simplest task seems so impossible. It’s about the fact that when we take care of ourselves, we can also make our world better for it. It’s a guide that asks me to take stock of myself, to take better care of myself, and take better care of the world.I’m going to read this book again, and again. I needed this book, at this moment in my life, and I know I’ll need it again.
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  • Chris Worthy
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    An amusing call to being your own superhero in life. Once you become a superhero, you can change the world. I enjoyed reading this book. A quick, inspiring read. Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jennifer Jenkinson
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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.
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  • Jena Henry
    January 1, 1970
    What can Spider Man, Captain America, and Superman teach us? Author John Pavolvitz shows us in his engaging and occasionally heavy-handed style. He uses plenty of personal examples and stories of real people, to encourage us to be our best in confusing times.I agree that many times we do strain to keep it all together, to look the part and win the prize. I agree that each of us is a masterpiece. We do forget that we were once carefree, happy, creative and resilient children. We have lost sight o What can Spider Man, Captain America, and Superman teach us? Author John Pavolvitz shows us in his engaging and occasionally heavy-handed style. He uses plenty of personal examples and stories of real people, to encourage us to be our best in confusing times.I agree that many times we do strain to keep it all together, to look the part and win the prize. I agree that each of us is a masterpiece. We do forget that we were once carefree, happy, creative and resilient children. We have lost sight of our capacity to be great.I have to confess that I had never heard of the author or known about his beliefs before I read this book. I guess I didn’t read the blurb carefully enough. For those of you who are progressives and know Pastor Pavlovitz, I’m sure you will enjoy this book and you may reread it several times.For me, I decided to give it a try. The author bothered me when he stated, “I haven’t mentioned God or faith or religion much…” He’s a Christian minister!The author is interested in how we view the world and directs us to be agents of change. I’m not counting on super heroes, that’s for sure. And I love my country. But I will do my best to be a caretaker of hope.Thanks to Net Galley and Simon and Schuster for a review copy. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Hope and Other SuperpowersA Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifestoby John Pavlovitz is a wonderful amusing guide to being our own personal superhero. It shows us how we all have superpowers, everything from compassion to gratitude and honesty. The author shows how we can use these 'superpowers' to change ourselves and the world. I lived the play on being a superhero. I highly recommend this book.I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with Hope and Other SuperpowersA Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifestoby John Pavlovitz is a wonderful amusing guide to being our own personal superhero. It shows us how we all have superpowers, everything from compassion to gratitude and honesty. The author shows how we can use these 'superpowers' to change ourselves and the world. I lived the play on being a superhero. I highly recommend this book.I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
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