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Bring forth the best robes Paperback – September 22, 2008
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I will say up front that this thought-provoking book may not be for everyone due to some of the commentary and Biblical allusions made. Some Christian readers may find discomfort in paralleling Biblical people (personalities) to Harry Potter characters. In addition, my review will no doubt raise a few eye brows and / or fiery responses. Nevertheless, I press on, letting the reader decide for himself / herself about the book, this review, and reviewer. :) At any rate, I can safely say this brilliant book was a necessary bit of literary soul healing, taking mourning Snape Fans--particularly this one fan--through the whole HP series, allowing them / me to confront the five stages of grief--denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance-- to find a true strength and healing in the HP series, a strength and healing that JKR may herself not have been able to anticipate, appreciate, accept, articulate, or explain to the satisfaction of certain fans like myself. This book by Logospilgrim eloquently describes the enigmatic Severus Snape, his very human attempts at remorse and repentance, and his appeal to readers. [Logospilgrim's soul-stirring book puts me in mind of "Forgiveness in a Wounded World: Jonah's Dilemma" (Studies in Biblical Literature by Janet Howe Gaines...Read more ›
After reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I thought of Severus Snape as a tragic character. One who was abused as a child and as an adult; forever mourning the death of his only love. But Logospilgrim breaks through his snarky exterior and shows us a martyr whose actions are motivated by love.
With the use of quotes from the King James Bible, the Orthodox Study Bible, the Tao Te Ching, J.K. Rowling, and her own insight as a lay monastic, Logospilgrim describes Severus Snape as a symbol of pure love and sacrifice.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was refreshing to see the Harry Potter books from a spiritual perspective. Thank you, Professor!
The author of this book is one of the few souls to stop, look, ponder, and then expound upon that beauty which flows beneath the surface; to see those treasures, intangible to touch, but so sweet to the heart, that lie in plain sight and within our reach.
Within this volume you will read not only of the struggle of the author's own struggle to find her way through the darkness of the world and to the bath in the light of God's glory, but you willalso find an examination of the character of a well-known, pop-culture figure, Severus Snape. With quotes from many worthy sources, ponderous thoughts, and genuine insight Logospilgrim, delves into the misunderstood heart of an all too flawed man.
After reading this slim, but beautiful volume, I came away with a greater sense of my own goodness, the goodness of others, and the worthiness of each effort we make toward healing ourselves and each other. Life is a proving ground of the soul, not the final destination. Our actions and reactions are what lifts us above the fray. Even when we are misunderstood, as Snape, we must keep on the path our heart has set before us and, in the end, we will be justified.
Prior to reading this little book, I was already of the opinion that the Potter series is a piece of Christian literature (though it can be appreciated by more than just those of the Christian faith), and I already saw Snape as the redemptive soul, especially after John Granger's essay on Snape and the Dante influence in The Deathly Hallows Lectures: The Hogwarts Professor Explains the Final Harry Potter Adventure. This book solidifies that notion.
I particularly loved the fact that the editing was well done; I really didn't see many (if at all) grammatical errors, or errors in formatting the text. And though a table of contents could have been added, the flow of the work demanded that the book be read from start to finish. On the text of the book itself, the only thing I can say is this: the first time I read, "Look... at... me.." in Deathly Hallows, I was on the verge of tears from pure emotion (I already loved the character), but I never understood the line itself quite so much until I read this book.
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I was a bit skeptical about reading this at first. I came across this title many times while searching for books and passed it off as something that I didn't want to read. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Lady Snape
This was really not what I expected, it's highly religious which would be fine if thats what I was looking for, and honestly I was kinda put off, as I wouldn't have come to half of... Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Tanith
I confess, it took a bit of re-reading for me to come to terms with this book. At first the author's enthusiasm made me wary of the point he was trying to make. Read morePublished on May 19, 2011 by Snape42
I am a fan of the Harry Potter series and the character of Professor Snape in particular, but that is not the primary reason I purchased this book. Read morePublished on January 22, 2010 by Telegram Sam
Logospilgrim's Bring Forth the Best Robes: A Spiritual Understanding of Severus Snape is a profound and beautiful meditation on the redemptive power of love, written by an Orthodox... Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by Denise M. Roper
Fans of Severus Snape will find this a very valuable book. I don't agree with all of Logospilgrim's conclusions about Snape's role in the Harry Potter series. Read morePublished on September 3, 2009 by K. J. Kebarle