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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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Ellen
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
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Jeanie
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
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Anne Bogel
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
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Andrew
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
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
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Dave McNeely
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
Evans McGowan
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.
Lon
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.
Kathie
very very interesting- thought provoking - definitely worth the read
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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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