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Wisdom from the Batcave
Wisdom from the Batcave
How to Live a Super, Heroic Life
By Cary A. Friedman
Compass Books: Linden, NJ (2006)
Learn more about this book online at: www.batwisdom.com.
Reviewed by Boris Segel - January 11, 2012
Can you learn good Jewish values from a comic book? Can a comic book teach you how to become a better person? The answer is yes, if the comic book you are reading is one that features Batman - at least according to Cary A. Friedman, who is also known as Rabbi Avraham Peretz "Cary" Friedman! Rabbi Friedman is a huge Batman fan, and by his own admission he has been once since he was very young and has not wavered in his admiration of the Caped Crusader despite the flow of years that have passed since he opened his first comic book. As a Rabbi, author, teacher, husband, father, and consultant to the FBI, he has gained much wisdom from both his studies and his personal experiences. In his study of Batman centered philosophy, Rabbi Friedman brings together his years of experience and his in-depth knowledge of the Dark Knight to show how you can learn from the example set by Batman through his deeds and actions, and thereby gain personal insights and a better understanding of how you can help not only yourself, but your loved ones and your community.
Rabbi Friedman's book, Wisdom from the Batcave: How to Live a Super, Heroic Life is a quick read - and a long one. It is a book that you can read straight through in a relatively short period of time, and you probably will the first time. But it is also a book that you are likely to return to, to ponder the deeper meaning of the text and to reread passages that will have grown on you over time and come to have new meaning to you as you internalize the philosophical concepts that you have learned from reading this book.
Now, before you start to yawn. This is not a dull academic tome. Rather it is a light hearted, and ofttimes humorous book that is broken up into eighteen, easy to read chapters, covering topics such as the value of willpower, how to triumph over adversity, the value of strong principles, don't talk to much, the price of greatness, and much more . . . This book provides not only keen spiritual insights, but also a plethora of details about Batman, such as what makes him tick, the events that profoundly affected his life, and of course, his work as a crime fighter. These details and insights into Bruce Wayne's personal character make this book a must-read for Batman fans of every caliber - even those not looking for spiritual insights ;-) It also is a nonthreatening way to teach important moral values without being preachy or heavy handed.
Will reading this book make you an instant super hero? Probably not, but it will help you to become a better person and live a more heroic life. It will also help you to deal with, and overcome, the inevitable tragedies that will seep into your life, and it will also help to give you the strength to help those around you who might be troubled.
A brilliant book, Wisdom from the Batcave is a must read for anyone seeking to gain a better understanding of how to become a truly heroic person. It is also essential reading for all Batman fans. This book has garnered a great deal of positive feedback from comic book writers, editors, and Batman afficionados - including Ed Brubaker, Mark Waid, Steve Englehart, Robert Greenberger, Dennis O'Neil, Chuck Dixon, and many more. The book also includes excerpts from DC Comic's comic books that highlight the core values that you can learn from Batman. Read this book and discover the super hero lurking inside you . . .
Other books by Rabbi Friedman include:
Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement
Marital Intimacy: A Traditional Jewish Approach
Table for Two: Making a Good Marriage Better
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