What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
CDN$ 15.32
  • List Price: CDN$ 20.99
  • You Save: CDN$ 5.67 (27%)
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Add to Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? Paperback – May 15 2001


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
CDN$ 15.32
CDN$ 8.67 CDN$ 0.01
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
CDN$ 23.00

Join Amazon Student in Canada



Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (May 15 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578564719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578564712
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 22.9 x 15.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,478,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
"You will most likely agree more with one side than the other, but you'll probably also find some points on the opposite side that make you pause to think." Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

Format: Paperback
Several months ago I picked up this book out of sheer curiosity, assuming that it was just another Harry-basher. To my pleasant surprise, however, I found that it was in fact a refreshingly unbiased and intelligent discussion of the story of Harry Potter. Connie Neal explains not only why the books are popular, but also the values readers can learn from them and even their correlations with biblical principles.
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 ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By Kelli on June 20 2004
Format: Paperback
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 Potter. They are fantasy magic, and even with subjects such as divination, they are shown to be rediculous. This book encourages you to think for yourself. It also shows how you can see whatever you want to in books. No matter what other people say, I give this book an A+.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By A Customer on May 26 2004
Format: Paperback
reason, common sense, and understanding, all in a paperback!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By A Customer on Sept. 21 2003
Format: Paperback
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 Potter. They are fantasy magic, and even with subjects such as divination, they are shown to be rediculous. This book encourages you to think for yourself. It also shows how you can see whatever you want to in books. No matter what other people say, I give this book an A+.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Paperback
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. Beyond viewing on the Harry Potter books, she gives us a crystal-clear understanding on the moral and ethic in the big bad world.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Paperback
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 less about defending or attacking Harry Potter, and more about uniting the church. She adeptly dispels some of the myths surrounding the books (that infamous Onion article you may have seen), and points out attitudes that are just plain silly (someone assured her that 'Of course J.K. Rowling is a witch! She looks like one!'). She can also see why Christian parents are so troubled - but gives a good argument for why the Harry Potter books should not be kept off our shelves. Was a gem to read, very good indeed. (My boyfriend claimed that her knowledge of witchcraft wasn't up to scratch, but I wouldn't know about that.)
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Paperback
Neal has written this book because she herself seemed to be unwittingly dragged into the debate. She and her family enjoy the books, tempered with a good bit of parental guidance. Nonetheless, she was surprised at the angst that her position seemed to stir up among fellow Christians. This book presents both sides of for/against Harry Potter issue fairly, and in some ways uncompromisingly agrees with both. In the first 60 pages she plainly outlines the popularity of the books, what both sides of the controversy are saying, what the books are about, and whether or not they are simply fantasy literature.
Neal is most helpful in relating the way that our first impressions of something, as illustrated by the Boring figure, a type of Rorschach ink blot, effects the way we view it. People who have been warned that the books are full of witchcraft and strange demonic impish creatures (Dobby) will undoubtedly find just that when they read it. On the other hand, people who have the viewpoint that Harry Potter is children's fantasy literature will find no witchcraft and think Dobby is nothing more than a very funny elf-creature of Rowling's imagination. Neal, quoting Lewis, says that to superimpose any outside meaning upon the intrinsic meaning given in the story is to distort the author's meaning. One can only call Dobby demonic if one looks up the word elf in an occultist dictionary and see that elves are spirit-creatures who are unclean, then connect these unclean spirits to demons, then connect these demons back to Dobby, which is rather unfair to the mischievous Yoda-looking house servant. This also makes even Santa Clause and Keebler crackers dangerous.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Product Images from Customers

Most recent customer reviews

Search


Feedback