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The Hunger Games and the Gospel

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In a globalized world full of uncertainty and injustice, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series has captured the imaginations of readers looking for glimmers of hope. The tale of Katniss Everdeen’s journey of survival in the post-apocalyptic country of Panem, where bread and circuses distract the privileged and allow a totalitarian regime to oppress the masses, parallels sit ...more
Published March 5th 2012 by Patheos Press
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Anne Bogel
Mar 07, 2015 Anne Bogel rated it liked it
I wish I could give this one 3.5 stars. I liked it for its sheer originality and interesting take on The Hunger Games. The applications she drew between the dystopic future of Panem and our current world was fascinating--especially for U.S. citizens.

But I think the overlay of the Beatitudes on The Hunger Games breaks down, damaging the book's structure. I disagree with her interpretation of the Beatitudes (which is crucial to the text), but whether or not you agree with Clawson's theology, her
Aug 11, 2014 Ellen rated it liked it
I appreciated this a lot more than I thought I would. I really thought it was interesting the way Clawson wrote about the story in terms of the Beatitudes and she does a great job of drawing parallels with our world. There is a lot of great information in here, and I really learned a lot from her commentary on the Old Testament. I recommend this.

However, it wasn't consistent in its Christian views. This book is just riddled with contradictions, contradictions that can't be avoided if Christians
Mar 28, 2012 Jeanie rated it it was ok
I am setting my review from the title of the book. I loved her take on the Hunger Games. It was detailed and thought provoking and made it easier to relate to the characters. I give her 5 stars for that. It gave me an even more appreciation for the books and its characters.

Bread, Circuses in regards to the Roman times in early Christianty. How the Romans used the control of food to gain control of its people. The circuses were the distractions of the time (the gladiators). How this related to th
Luke Daghir
Dec 23, 2015 Luke Daghir rated it liked it
Julie Clawson provides an awesome book on the Beatitudes, social injustices, and The Hunger Games. Throughout this book, Clawson uses The Hunger Games to discuss deeper, moral issues in our world. Not only are contemporary injustices discussed, but the cultural landscape in which Jesus lived in is well discussed.

One of my favorite aspects of the book was the "third way" philosophy that Jesus, Katniss, and many other clever individuals have used to bring a greater sense of virtue into a situatio
Oct 24, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Hunger Games very much because I found a lot more going on in them than many readers. Julie Clawson also feels that The Hunger Games depicts a number of serious issues facing modern society and in this book she explores them, using The Hunger Games and the Beatitudes to comment on what it means to live as a righteous (= just) person in the 21st Century. She addresses a number of aspects of what it means to challenge the status quo, what it means to be persecuted for doing so, and h ...more
Patrik Olterman
Mar 31, 2012 Patrik Olterman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of the best "gospel according to" books I have ever had the pleasure of reading . Julie Clawson takes the dystopian world of Panem and parallels it with the Roman empire (wich clearly is the authors intent) and then sets Jesus beatitudes agains this bleak futuristic world, tracing subversion, hope, and love in the characters of Katniss, Peeta and Gale.

Other than being a great "the gospel according to" book it is a fantastic book on the beatitudes in its own right. The book expounds
Dave McNeely
Mar 28, 2012 Dave McNeely rated it liked it
While it wasn't a "great" book, it was nonetheless a good book and, perhaps more importantly, an important book. Clawson follows the threads that connect The Hunger Games trilogy, first-century Rome/Palestine, and a 21st-century flat world from a Western perspective, all through the lens of the Beatitudes. Her connections offer the reader many challenges. Perhaps the biggest flaw of the book is her unnecessarily optimistic portrayal of Katniss, whose survival instincts and juvenile egocentrism a ...more
May 26, 2016 Ruby marked it as to-read
It was from ruby that I want to read a books everydays!
Evans McGowan
Sep 13, 2012 Evans McGowan rated it it was amazing
Excellent commentary and analysis of the Hunger Games. She uses the Beatitudes as an outline for how to look at the issues and themes raised by Collins' work. Collins touches upon some complex and troubling issues without delving deeper into them... Clawson picks up on my 'hunger' and quenches my thirst by exploring these themes in depth. Highly recommended for those wanting to study the meaning and implications of the Hunger Games on our faith and way of life.
Apr 25, 2012 Lon rated it it was amazing
The author does a wonderful job of comparing The Hunger Games trilogy with ancient Rome. She juxtaposes those systems of death with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God and their alternative way of life, peace, forgiveness and justice. She uses the beatitudes from Jesus' famous Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 as a way to outline the book. It's a brilliant book and even better than The Hunger Games books themselves.
Sep 11, 2012 Kathie rated it really liked it
very very interesting- thought provoking - definitely worth the read
Aug 11, 2012 Dom is currently reading it
Just started reading it, but love it already!
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Julie Clawson is a writer, lecturer and seminary student. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children.
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