In January, this column panned a Harry-bashing evangelical book called Harry Potter and the Bible, from Christian Publications. Now, PW is happy to point to a much more thoughtful Christian take on the young wizard phenom: Connie Neal's What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? In the storm of controversy, Neal navigates a via media by offering support to Christians who have decided to boycott the series, but also giving suggestions to parents who wish to read and discuss the books with their children. Spiritual discernment, Neal says, is the key for any Christian and an important quality to help children develop.
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"...get ahold of Connie Neal's book. ... Christian discourse would dramatically improve if we followed her example". -- Michael G. Maudlin, Christianity Today International, Executive Editor of Christian Parenting Today magazine
"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
This book has been able to explain my opinion of Harry Potter books better than I could myself. I don't know a single child who has become interested in the occult from Harry... Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by Kelli
This book has been able to explain my opinion of Harry Potter books better than I could myself. I don't know a single child who has become interested in the occult from Harry... Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2003
Sorry, but Connie Neal is merely making excuses for parents too gutless to tell their kids "NO" when it comes to dabbling with the occultic nonsense that is Harry... Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2003 by Kevin L. Kitchens
I heartily agreed with author Connie Neal on the christian's view on Harry Potter Books. I am impressed how well she analyze them throughly. Read morePublished on June 25 2003 by Bill Crume
This is a wonderful book. If Connie Neal had come out against Harry Potter I probably still would have been with her from the start - it is encouraging to read something which is... Read morePublished on June 24 2003 by Amazon Customer
Connie Neal has written a magnificent treatment of the Potter books. She entreats the reader to think for himself, rather than swallowing a pro- or anti- Potter argument whole... Read morePublished on March 19 2003 by "hollygirl717"
Those who enjoy a good logical to-and-fro debate should avoid "What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?" like the plague. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2002 by EA Solinas
In her introduction, Neal promises to "...provide trustworthy information". She does not. She misquotes Romans 14:5 as "Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2002 by Luke Hoffmann