Wizards, Wardrobes and Wookiees:
Navigating Good and Evil in Harry Potter, Narnia and Star Wars
by Connie Neal
Join Connie as she explores how key characters in the Harry
Potter books, the Chronicles of Narnia and the Star Wars movies deal
with the problem of good and evil as they make choices and face
difficulties--and how their choices form their characters.
Book Description: Luke
Skywalker. Harry Potter. Lucy, Susan, Peter, and Edmund Pevensie.
For millions of children and adults alike, these names and stories
are as familiar as those of close friends and family.
We read and watch their adventures over and over again. We feel
their fears and betrayals. We are inspired by their courage. And
perhaps we wish we could live in their worlds, fight important
battles and have our chance to become heroes.
In these pages Connie Neal shows that we too--in our seemingly
ordinary world--have a call on our life that's just as powerful,
just as adventurous. While we won't run into Darth Vader or the
White Witch on the street, we face villains as formidable as they.
And though we don't have Obi Wan Kenobi or Dumbledore to mentor
us, Wizards, Wardrobes and Wookiees reminds us of the Helper who
teaches and guides as we walk through each day. By highlighting
adventures from Star Wars, Narnia and Harry Potter, as well as true
stories from Scripture and her own life, Neal shows us the way to
victory over evil in the battles we face.
This hope-filled, encouraging book takes us into mythical worlds
we love in order to help us live wisely and well in our own so that
our stories, in turn, can inspire all who see and hear.
"A deft and inspiring insight into the storytelling power and
inherent spirituality of Harry Potter, Narnia and the Star Wars
According to Connie Neal, human life in its full meaning is an
adventure requiring Christlike and Christ-given qualities, and these
popular and abiding narratives of today sustain and encourage such a
visionary journey." Colin Duriez, author of A Field Guide to Narnia
and Tolkien and C. S. Lewis
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), featured in Newsweek, Christian Parenting Today and Today's
Christian Woman; and The Gospel According to Harry Potter
(Westminster John Knox Press)-- featured in Entertainment Weekly and
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.
Table of Contents Featured Series Acknowledgments Introduction:
The Hero's Journey, Mythic Archetypes and Biblical Insights
1. "The Hero" and Would-Be Heroes Among Us
2. The Call to Join the Battle Against Evil
3. Crossing the Threshold into the Extraordinary
4. Meeting with the Mentor
5. Sorting Out Allies from Enemies
6. Preparing for the Ordeal in our Battle Against Evil
7. Tests, Trials, Tricksters and Threshold Guardians
8. Knowing the Villain and the Nature of Evil
9. Unveiling Shapeshifters in our Fight Against Evil
10. Fighting the Ultimate Battles
11. Combating the Shadow of Our Own Dark Nature
12. Facing Death, the Final Enemy
13. Grand Rescues, Resurrection and Redemption
14. Beyond the Bounds of Time and Power of Prophecy
15. Rewards for Good and Just Desserts Epilogue: Return with the
Notes Features & Benefits Written by the bestselling author of The
Gospel According to Harry Potter Includes insights from three
beloved book and movie series Relates popular book and movie
material to Scripture and to everyday life.
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