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The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide Paperback – June 18, 2007
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"Now comes a fine appreciation of Rowling's achievement from a first-rate writer, believer, and (to top it off) Chestertonian Catholic. Thanks Nancy Brown, for doing justice to the greatest Christian fantasy epic of our generation." --Mark P. Shea, Senior Content Editor, CatholicExchange.com
"At last, the voice of Christian common sense is heard! Nancy Brown's careful study will provide reliable guidance to Catholic parents who seek practice and impact to their children an attitude toward contemporary fiction that is both open and discerning. I warmly recommend this book." --Fr. Pierre Ingram, C.C. S.T.L.
From the Author
Besides author Nancy Carpentier Brown, two other authors contributed to this book. Dale Ahlquist, President of The American Chesterton Society, and author of G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense, contributed a chapter on why Harry Potter is just common sense good reading for children. Regina Doman, author of Angel in the Waters and numerous Fairy Tale Novels for Teens, contributed a chapter on true fairy tales and their value to young people in forming their character. Doman recommends Harry Potter to Catholic parents who are willing to read alongside their chidlren.
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The book has other uses. For example, to stimulate dinner table discussion, and in helping parents decide if their child is really ready to read the series, and/or see the movies. For example, for several reasons, we delayed allowing our daughter to read the sixth book until this summer. After reading the seventh book, I can see she will have to wait until at least next summer for that.
Thank you Mrs. Brown for making such a terrific resource available to parents - whether they are Catholic or not!
This book does a fantastic job of distilling all the hype and showing where the truth lies. Mrs. Brown does not give a blanket endorsement of these books... she gives parents some tools to make that decision for themselves. She offers helpful guidelines for determining at what age children may be ready for each book (the books grow in intensity as the series progresses) and helps to put the objections of sincere Catholics into perspective.
If you are a fan of Harry Potter, this guide for Catholic families can give you more to chew on as you read and reread the series.
If you are unsure of what to think about Harry Potter, this book will give you a lot of food for thought as you determine whether or not they are right for your family.
If you oppose Harry Potter, this book might help you to take another view of the series and will definitely help you understand why your pro-Harry friends may not be as off as you think... even if you never approve of the Harry Potter series for your own family.
Good job, Mrs. Brown. I love the book.
Now, as we approach the revealing of the full arc of the storyline, my interest has grown again toward deciding just what DO I think of the Potter series and how do I want to handle them?
This is a long background to say that Mrs. Brown's book helped quite a bit for me to sort through the various arguments and 'camps' on the series. She presents all the different factions and objections as well as the positive qualities in an evenhanded, thoughtful manner. She cautions and does not endorse, rather, she presents and examines and asks the parent/reader to do the same and come to your own conclusion based on your own standards and needs. Areas of concern as a catholic parent are also examined and reviewed, with suggestions of topics to discuss and/or evaluate. I found the book very helpful. My husband is skeptical of the series as a whole and it's usefulness, I am encouraging him to also read this book so we can discuss it and make our decision together. I think this book is a great resource to digest the tsunami of Potter mania pro and con in a level-headed, even treatment, with the concerns of raising our kids catholic being paramount, rather then them simply being on the top of the secular mainstream cultural curve. Worth a look.
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