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In the world of publishing, few successes have equaled that of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series--magical stories centered on one boy's adventures at Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry. Yet this popular series presents a perplexing--even divisive--challenge to the Christian community. Although the book presents a clear picture of the epic battle between good and evil, they appear to support the use of magic and have had a controversial impact on our culture. As a result, many of us are wondering, How should I respond to this Harry Potter thing? In this book, you'll explore the valid concerns some Christians have about the series, sort out the fact and fiction at the center of the debate, discover biblical answers that may surprise you, and learn how you can tap into this powerful cultural phemen to help advance the kingdom of God.
Connie Neal (B.A. in Communication, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA) is an author and speaker who is an expert on the intersection of Christianity and pop culture. She is widely known for her books What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? (Waterbrook Press), The Gospel According to Harry Potter (Westminster John Knox Press), Walking Tall in Babylon: Raising Children to Be Godly and Wise in a Perilous World (Waterbrook Press) was published in 2004. Some of her other books are Holding on to Heaven While Your Husband Goes Through Hell, Holding on to Heaven While Your Friend Goes Through Hell, Spiritual Renewal Bible, A Joy I'd Never Known (coauthored with Jan Dravecky), The Worth of a Man (coauthored with Dave Dravecky), The Kids' Devotional Bible, Dancing in the Arms of God, and The Life Recovery Bible.