Rabbi Friedman’s slim book of spiritual self-help packs a real punch. Eighteen brief chapters explore such universal values as willpower, hard work, self-esteem, idealism, and friendship, among others. Friedman’s tone is engaging without being overbearing, and he illustrates his advice with examples from the adventures of Batman. Unlike superheroes who gained their superpowers by outside forces, such as a radioactive spider bite, Batman achieved great strength and superior mental capacities by training his mind and body. Friedman draws from the lessons of Judaism, as well as other religions, to show how regular people can live exemplary lives. Fans of comic books will revel in the Batman references, while readers looking for spiritual advice will be more than satisfied to have Rabbi Friedman as their guru.
Wendy Wasman is the librarian & archivist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Cleveland, Ohio.