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The Harry Potter Bible Study: Enjoying God Through the Final Four Harry Potter Movies Paperback – November 2, 2011
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You can contact Jared through his website: http://jaredmoore.exaltchrist.com. He is open to any questions or comments. He is also available to speak at churches or other organizations.
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I appreciate Moore's emphasis that parents must prepare their children for the temptations they will face in this world. Parents can teach their kids, rather than protect them with legalistic boundaries which will only serve to make children less able to face the crazy - and sometimes evil - things this world will throw at them. But the problem, Moore says, is not entirely out there. By both parents and children looking at the source of sin in their own hearts, together they can look to Christ and His Word for solutions and strength against evil.
Moore says that his study is for anyone - children or adult - old enough to watch a Harry Potter movie. I'm not sure some of the concepts presented can be broken down well for any 6- or 7-year-old who might watch the movies. The study is most ideal, given the material presented, for junior high students on up. The introduction to the study is a bit long for the intended audience, but he gives a thorough overview of the Bible study as well as a mini-theology lesson to prepare the participant.
I really liked the study. It is theologically sound. His writing is clear and the book well organized. It is an excellent resource in how to be a discerning Christian when interacting with media of any kind - but movies/TV especially. The Harry Potter Bible Study is engaging, easy to read, and teaches solid Biblical principles. I definitely recommend it.
Jared's book is well-written, thoroughly biblical, and interacts intelligently with the final four Potter films. He does not try to "spiritualize" the movies and pretend that their message is something different than the author intended. Neither does he attack the films and offer endless criticisms of their content. While there are plenty of books available that do one or the other, this one supersedes them. Jared Moore allows the films to speak for themselves, and then interacts with them by isolating themes and issues, asking probing questions, and bringing the light of Christian Scripture to bear on the matters.
This book is a great guide for families, as it contains information that all ages will find appealing. As we used the book during family devotions after watching each film, my youngest child was able to discuss the questions of morals; my older child was able to discuss several of the biblical and theological themes; and my wife and I were challenged by some of the weightier questions and issues. At one point, my youngest child said, "It's almost like the movies were made so we could talk about this book!" My older one is anxious for the author to release a "prequel" dealing with the first films in the series.Read more ›
Many of the negative reactions come from a segment of Christianity that earnestly believes that Christians should have no participation in culture. The other side in Christianity states that Christians can participate in culture but should reject what is ungodly and redeem what is helpful. In The Harry Potter Bible Study: Enjoying God Through The Final Four Harry Potter Movies, Pastor Jared Moore takes the second view which is that Christians ought to engage the worldview of culture in order to equip believers to have a biblical worldview.
The Harry Potter Bible Study is just that a Bible Study walking through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1 and 2. This book does an excellent job examining what is unbiblical about the movies and what can be redeemed from the movies. One of the consequences of rejecting movies entirely and not engaging the message they are sending to children, teenagers and adults is that adults are not given a model of how to discern between what is good and evil. Not only does rejecting movies send a bad message to believers, but also to unbelievers who may be creative that they have no place in the Church.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is nothing but witchcraft being taught to children. Before buying this book, you need to pray. Read morePublished 23 months ago by loverofJesus
Love Harry Potter? Love studying the Bible? Welcome to the club!
I'll admit, however, to being skeptical of attempts to combine these two particular loves. Read more
A Fantastic 6 week study that is informative and inspirational. Whether you're a Happy Potter fan or not (I personally am not), you will enjoy this book. Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by DerikZoo
At first, to hear the words "Harry Potter" and "Bible Study" in the same breath might be hard to grasp to many within and without the Christian faith. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by James J. Kane
Jared Moore's book, The Harry Potter Bible Study, is a fun experiment which takes advantage of the wild popularity of the Harry Potter movies as a platform for considering biblical... Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by D. S. Hildreth
I was surprised to see "Harry Potter" and "Bible Study" in the same book title. Being interested, I read through it and found that the author offers a number of helpful questions... Read morePublished on November 15, 2011 by G. Ho
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Jared Moore is the pastor of New Salem Baptist church in Hustonville, KY. Read more
"Living in a culture in which the media plays such an influencing role, it's helpful to have guidance in looking at secular media through the truth of the Bible. Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by ADS