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What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? Paperback – May 15, 2001
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"Harry is now part of the culture. Learn from it; and allow Connie Neal to help you and your children." -- Stephen Arterburn, founder and chairman of Women of Faith and New Life Clinics
Top Customer Reviews
What really impressed me about Neal's book is how respectful it is. It's so easy for both sides of this cultural divide to just dismiss each other--you're either a secular Satanist or you're a fundamentalist yahoo. I think it's this lack of respect that Neal is really trying to get at. She thinks the debate over the Harry Potter books is worth having but she wants it to be a reasonable, thoughtful, respectful debate. The book is really a warning against some of the unthinking traps that Christians fall into when they criticize the Potter series. But it's also a plea to take the cultural debate seriously. She admonishes Christians for not being more serious about the debate--for simply accepting what they've heard about the books without reading them or thinking about the issues in context. (For example, she says that, yes, there are mythical and magical creatures in the Potter stories but also points out that such creatures exist in stories by Christian authors such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Dickens. The point is to figure out what these creatures are doing in the context of the novels, not merely to see that there are such creatures in the books and simply stop there.) But she also speaks to non-believers like me.Read more ›
I think this is an excellent book on the topic of Harry Potter for two reasons. One, the author presents J.K. Rowling's series as literature rather than as a mere cultural phenomenon. I am a Christian who has grown up on classic fantasy by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, C.S. Lewis, L. Frank Baum and other notable writers, and I have always thought that the Harry Potter books belong in this category. To me, they are simply good morality tales embellished with magical feasts for the imagination. As Connie Neal points out, classic fantasy uses magic as a literary device to make stories more exciting; writers of the genre usually make it clear that this magic is set within the context of an imaginary world and does not bear any direct correlation with the real-world practices of witchcraft and the occult. I believe Harry Potter should be examined within the context of the fantasy genre, and Connie does an admirable job of giving J.K. Rowling's stories fair treatment in this way.
The second reason I highly recommend this book is that Connie makes an earnest effort to bridge the gap between the two extremes of the Harry Potter debate by getting at the true heart of the argument: simply put, we must agree to disagree. And we must *graciously* agree. Most authors who write on controversial topics aim to persuade the reader to agree with their viewpoint.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having not read the books, but with my son begging me to let him read them, and knowing that several of his friends, from good Christian families, had read them, I was very... Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by Dawn
I my self am wiccan and the books of harry potter had nothing to do with me becoming a witch. I love it for the fact i can respect the earth with a greater knowledge. Read morePublished on November 2, 2011 by artist/hippie
As our children we not around for the initial release of the HP books, we are just now entering this territory. Read morePublished on May 22, 2009 by R. Miller
Why do Christians insist on almost everything tangible, animate and inanimate, relate to their doctrine? Are people really this brainwashed based upon faith alone? Read morePublished on September 21, 2007 by EliteLamo
Harry Potter is a work of FICTION.
How difficult is that to understand?
I bought this book in 1991 when the controversy about Harry Potter was at its highest. I was so frustrated with the arguments over these books and the disrespect I saw among... Read morePublished on March 18, 2007 by Sweetbriar
I am guessing that those who wrote the negative reviews did NOT read this book. This is not a book condemning the Harry Potter Books. Read morePublished on August 3, 2006 by Cassandra Hale
First off, sit down and think for yourself if your kids are so close to converting to another religion that you have to censor what they read, and think. Read morePublished on May 16, 2006 by R. Chamberlain
To the person who wrote that God is not real....keep that opinion to yourself - I think you may have Him confused with Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.... Read morePublished on November 28, 2005 by ModernPhantom