I get to geek out over one of the nerdiest things out there: Anime! Prepare for a total Nerd Alert because I’m cranking it up all the way up to ELEVEN! But before I ramble too much, here’s everything you need to know about the book!
About Finding God in Anime
Have you ever wanted a season two of your favorite anime but found out it is unlikely for the company to produce one?
Stinks, doesn’t it? Well, Finding God in Animedefinitely isn’t like that. After all, you’re looking at volume two right now!
Welcome to the second installment of the acclaimed devotional: Finding God in Anime! Each bite-size piece comes straight from the passionate otaku souls in our collective of Christian authors. You will find anime-inspired pieces from across tons of beloved genres within this devotional, and each one presents a unique and Biblical outlook on your favorite shows!
- Find God’s fatherly love in Daddy’s Girl, inspired by Fullmetal Alchemist
- Go down to your atoms to discover God’s purpose for us in Jobs, inspired by Cells at Work
- Huddle up to hear God’s game plan for living like Him in Get Your Head in the Game, inspired by Kuroko’s Basketball
…and so many others! So grab your shuriken or computerized make-up compact and join us on the exciting adventure of finding God’s teachings in anime!
You can purchase the book at the links down below. The ebook is available to download for FREE at Amazon and other book retailers! The best news is that it’s available TODAY!
OTHER RETAILERS: https://books2read.com/u/md6jdZ
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, May 30th
– Elrich’s Expressions—Book Spotlight
– The Artist Librarian—Book Spotlight
Tuesday, May 31st
– Paper Ink & Lizard—Book Spotlight
– Imperial Scribis—Book Review
Wednesday, June 1st
– 2¢ Movie Reviews—Book Spotlight & Review – You are here!
– Beneath the Tangles—Book Spotlight
– Geek Devotions—Book Review
Thursday, June 2nd
– Clean Fiction Blog—Book Spotlight
– Jenna Terese—Book Spotlight
– The Faerie Review—Book Spotlight
Friday, June 3rd
– The Writing Corner—Special Feature
– Laura A. Grace—Manga Starter Giveaway Pack
Saturday, June 4th
– Laura A. Grace—Blog Tour Wrap-Up
Now that the official stuff is out of the way, I can now unleash my inner Otaku!
I was surprised when I stumbled across the news of the first Finding God in Anime volume last year. I didn’t know or even think that a devotional revolving completely around anime could be a thing, but I knew it was something I needed to support.
The last place I ever expected to find God was in anime. I was shocked almost to tears when He showed up for me in a place where I was convinced He couldn’t be found which is what drove me to contribute a piece based on Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I’m so excited that it was accepted, and that our fearless organizers, Laura A. Grace and Moriah Jane, loved it!
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The following thoughts are my own. A positive review wasn’t required, but I’m giving one anyway because I loved it so much!
Sometimes you have to wait forever for a favorite anime to get a second season or as the case may be never get one. (*Cough* Ouran High School Host Club *Cough*). And sometimes you get a second season only to be disappointed ( I know The Promised Neverland fans can relate!). Finding God in Anime is back and better than ever! I’m pleased to say that there’s no sequel slump here and that this volume is even better than the first!
This devotional has 45 bite-size pieces focused on a variety of anime from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Fairy Tail to Fruits Basket and Yona of the Dawn There’s something in here for everyone! (I know the Foreward is the easiest part of the book to skip, but don’t skip this one! Twwk from Beneath the Tangles did an amazing job writing it. It’ll be well-worth your time. Don’t Miss Out!)
Some of my favorites included To Rely On Our Comrades by Wyn Estelle Owens which is based on Naruto. While I have no experience with Naruto, this piece moved me nearly to tears when it talked about how a lot of times we’re not the ones who are going to save our lost loved ones. God equips and sends other people to do what we won’t be able to. This is so relevant to my life right now it hurts!
Others included Our True Form (Fruits Basket) by my friend Writer Rockbell, Unequal Exchange (Fullmetal Alchemist) by Matt Starr, The Ultimate Sacrifice (Fairy Tail ) by Kayla E. Green, and Naruto And Taming The Beast Within (Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden) by Hannah Mae. Special mention goes to both Demon Slayer devotions, Laugh Without Fear and Breathe Deeply by Laura A. Grace and Moriah Jane respectively. Both of them centered around not being afraid which is another message I need right now. I LOVED the entire thing! Every devotional is AMAZING in its own way! These were just a few that stood out to me the most my first time reading! Each devotion impacted me emotionally in some way, gave me a lot to think about, and I feel like this little book came out at the right time.
It’s amazing to me that 25 different authors who’ve never met each other managed to write a devotional revolving around several major themes with thoughts and ideas that are extremely similar to each other. You would have thought we had a group chat and collaborated on our pieces, but we didn’t. Most of us have never spoken to each other, and yet here is this cohesive little volume at the end of it. I’d almost think it was creepy if I didn’t believe that God planned it this way. Several themes revolve around God’s gift of salvation, His perfect design, that we’re “fearfully and wonderfully made,” and His great love for us, extending mercy to those who don’t deserve it, and more!
Reading through this book was an enjoyable and at times an emotional experience for me. I hope that these devotionals encourage others the way that they’ve encouraged me. I’m honored to have played a small part in this project. The piece that I wrote was the hardest thing I’ve ever written, I experienced a rollercoaster ride of emotions including doubt and fear. I almost didn’t write it at all. I nearly talked myself out of it! But I’m glad I didn’t give in to any of my negative emotions. I felt strongly that I needed to write this. It’s the only time I felt like I NEEDED to write something. It NEEDED to get out. I’ve never felt that way about anything I’ve ever written. It felt important. So I wrote it. I hope and pray that this book can shine God’s light in someone’s life and draw them closer to Him.
And because I’m super weird, backward, and totally awkward, here’s a short intro if you’re new here!
Hi! I’m Bree, and I use this site to mainly blog about movies. I do the occasional book and manga review. I love Jesus and all things nerdy and I do mean ALL the things! I especially love when I can combine my love for Jesus and nerdy interests together. It’s one of my favorite things, and I hope to do it again! I’ve reviewed one anime movie: Thumbelina: A Magical Story. Here’s the link if you’re interested:
You can always leave suggestions for movies you want to see reviewed either in the comments or in my inbox. Feel free to stick around!
2 thoughts on “Finding God in Anime Vol. 2 Blog Tour and Review”
I wish I could come hug you through the screen Bree!! Thank you so so so much for sharing your heart, your piece with us! It deeply resonated me and was so very touched by your words! I am so encouraged to hear you have enjoyed this second volume!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!! ❤
I do think it is amazing how all of us found common themes and messages in anime! I’ve read some of the pieces and thought: I always got that, but I loved how this author put it into words. It is so neat!