In a book that is sure to delight Harry Potter fans and spiritual seekers alike, Connie Neal embarks on an exploration into J.K. Rowling's created world of magic and mystery and enumerates more than fifty "Potteran" themes that can be seen as glimmers of the Christian gospel. With an arsenal of charming allusions and parallels, Neal persuasively demonstrates that Harry Potter need not be rejected as a threat to the Christian faith, as some have claimed. Written accessibly in short three- to four-page chapters, Neal's The Gospel According to Harry Potter is both a much-needed stroke of interpretive genius and a fascinating reflection on our time's most popular literary series. This is a must-read for everyone intrigued by the Harry Potter phenomenon.
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Review 1 for The Gospel According to Harry Potter: Spirituality in the Stories of the World's Favorite Seeker
I recently finished the devotional book I was doing with my son in the mornings before he left for school. So I went to my husbands office and snooped around for a book that might work. (He is a pastor.) And I found this book on his shelf. Since my son loves the Harry Potter stories, I thought this would be a neat book to read with him each day. I was not disappointed. I found this book interesting and insightful. It enabled my son and I to talk about a lot of the different aspects in the Harry Potter stories and compare and contract them with what the Bible says. I enjoyed the discussions that arose with my son from reading each chapter. I highly recommend this book to parents looking to connect with their children in a similar way.
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Review 2 for The Gospel According to Harry Potter: Spirituality in the Stories of the World's Favorite Seeker
Date:July 23, 2005
I have read this book. I am a youth leader in my church, and have written an essay contrasting the religious versus secular approaches that should be discussed with children who would read the Harry Potter series. Ms. Neal is plainly responding to the closed-minded critics that refuse to read Harry Potter books. She does an excellent job of using the Harry Potter series (through the fourth book) to relate everyday problems that children the ages surrounding that of Harry, Ron, and Hermione go through. This book is not a perfectly Christian book, but I shall not be a stone thrower. I agree that Christianbook.com is a great resource for finding information on books; I do however believe that a review of a book by someone who has not read it rings rather hollow. I would recommend this book for parents, Sunday school teachers, pastors, and youth who want to ground their spiritual walk with their love for fantastical fiction.