Howard Shapiro’s The Hockey Saint

I received this book courtesy of Mr. Shapiro for a fair and honest review.

Overview: After his parents have been gone for a year, Tom finally gets some good news. He has been offered a position as Assistant Captain of his college hockey team as well as a partial scholarship. Then his best fried lets him in on a secret. Their hero, Jeremiah Jacobson, lives in town, and he has the address. Tome heads over there to think, and it’s the start of a wonderful friendship.

Story Telling: Wow. Mr. Shapiro told a great story. And I don’t normally read comics, oh sorry, graphic novels. The story was pretty straight forward. He got some good artists involved as well.

Likes: I like how they portrayed Jake. He followed Jesus’ teachings fairly well. He did several honorable things just for the fact that it gave something back. Jake definitely didn’t do them for the glory. His key requirement for any of the things he did was that no one would ever find out.

Dislikes: I didn’t like how Jake was seen as so wrong for smoking and drinking. It’s not illegal in America, nor in God’s Law. And to the person who says that Corinthians tells us that our bodies are the Temple of God: one, He burned incense in the original one; and two, are you willing to forgo the tattoos?

I also didn’t like the fact that Tom got in the fight with Cam. They were best friends, that shouldn’t be a rocky place just because one is unable to tell the other everything.

Favorite Scene: My favorite part ties to one of my dislikes, in a round about way. It’s when Tom reconciles with Cam and Jake.

Conclusion: It’s a great book for the comic fan, as well as a book that can show some of Jesus’ commands in a great light. It was pretty good.

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