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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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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.
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Jared Moore is the pastor of New Salem Baptist church in Hustonville, KY. I am most familiar with the "Ten" lists that frequently appear on SBC Voices. Recently, when he was offering copies of his new (now just-released) Bible study utilizing the Harry Potter movies as a connecting point, I was both intrigued and interested, so I signed up for a copy.
This study is designed to cover six weeks, and makes use of only the last four of the eight films (the ones based on the last three of the novels starring the wizard extraordinaire). One of the things that I really liked about this book was the outlying concept--instead of lambasting all media, Christians should take an opportunity to measure the media (movies, books, magazines, television, etc.) by Scripture. His admonition--judge the ideas put forth in light of Christ, keep what works, discard what does not. It gives Christians and the Christian community the permission (if that's a good word) to view/read what their non-Christian friends are viewing/reading and interact with them on a perhaps even deeper level than was originally intended by the creator(s) of the media.
Weeks 1 and 2 provide some background into what Moore is trying to accomplish in the study and are to be read and studied before watching (or re-watching) the movies. He suggests that there is some value in either reading or watching Harry Potter literature/films. He also readily admits that there are some elements addressed in the Potter media that are decidedly not what Christians should espouse or practice (the concept of revenge comes quickly to mind).
The final four chapters deal--one at a time--with each of the final four movies.Read more ›
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 ›
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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
"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