Become the Force

Daniel M. Jones. Watkins, $14.95 trade paper (176p) ISBN 978-1-78678-090-4
Jones, founder of the Church of Jediism, which claims more than 500,000 members worldwide, explains the basics of his Force-centered spiritual community in this introductory guide. Jones writes that the church’s members “regard Star Wars as a sacred text” and borrow lessons and principles from the franchise to form the foundation of Jediism. Jones understands the Force as “a metaphor for the universal life energy that connects us all.” He likens it to chi in Taoism, ki in Japanese spirituality, prana in Hinduism, and the Holy Spirit in Christianity, but Jones specifies that the Church of Jediism is not a religion but a community. Much of the advice has a self-help bent: Jones instructs readers in thought-control methods similar to meditation, healthy living habits, and “Force theory,” which amalgamates Jedi teachings taken from movies and books. Jones’s sermons and practical strategies are useful but familiar. The most memorable parts of this quirky guide are his autobiographical inclusions—about early struggles with undiagnosed Asperger’s, a skirmish with the Tesco grocery-store chain, his relationship with his father, and many other personal examples of overcoming the dark side. This book will appeal to Star Wars fans looking to unleash their inner Luke Skywalker and gain a deeper understanding of how to use the Force in everyday life. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/11/2017
Release date: 11/14/2017
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