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Excellent (Unsolicited) Review of The Gospel according to Harry Potter posted on Amazon.com
 
The Deathly Hallows makes it very clear!, July 31, 2007
By Charles D. Wood (Seneca, SC USA)
 
Connie Neal's book was written before the last book of the Harry Potter series. She can easily and confidently update it now that the series is finished and the truth is even more obvious.I was skeptical about a Gospel connection since I had given credence to the bad press on J.K. Rowling's use of witchcraft before I actually read the series. (I am very ashamed of that now.) I did not comprehend her clever symbolism until I read the last three chapters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows a second time; that's when it hit me squarely between the eyes that Rowling did plow a road into the pagan world that any thinking Christian should be able to use.

Connie Neal caught on quickly to what should have been obvious to the careful reader. The compelling world of Harry Potter did not make paganism and Satanism attractive at all, but she used some of their terminology without any real promotion of real Wiccan style of witchcraft. Rowling's witchcraft was her magic quill and amazing compelling storytelling craft. The parallels to paganism are themselves symbolic of fallen world and so Hogwarts School and the Muggles are various levels of philosophy and logical reasoning. I am afraid that most of us are in the lowest "Muggle" level. (I was more than most)

I am now praising God for J.K. Rowling's genius and am so impressed with how she probably outdid C.S. Lewis and Tolkein both. That is hard for me to say because I have been such a fan of these great Christian thinkers and authors ever since I discovered them as a child. I did not fully understand what their stories were really about until later. I wish somebody would have told me the Gospel when I was a child, it would have been easy for them to use The Lord of the Rings as a vehicle to explain the sacrifice of Christ for the people that He created since I knew there must be something deep and profound about The Lord of the Rings, I just couldn't make the connection for myself until later. I discovered Narnia later and Lewis's "magic" was even clearer to my mind than Tolkein's. (I understood because I had become a believer by that time.)

Not only did J. K. Rowling give us an important tool to reveal the Gospel truth, she taught me to not give up on those who need the Gospel most, those who are looking desperately for some sort of "magic" to help them have power over the madness and ugliness that is stealing hope from the dying world. Evil has been vanquished by the ultimate "Deathly Hallows" of the cross of Christ, now we must get the truth to those who haven't understood 1 Corinthians 15:26 quoted by Rowling that "the last enemy to be destroyed is death." Harry faced the question skeptically at first in symbolism, but his eventual personal discovery has given the neediest in the world the heads up that maybe death and suffering are considered an "enemy" by God. Jesus Christ did in reality what couldn't even be conceived or believed by an uncomprehending, lost world! I also love the way that Harry discovered his treasure and his love was so much with his friends that he was willing to give his life to save them. (I risk giving away too much for those who haven't yet read the Harry Potter series.) Don't be afraid of what you don't know yet.

I plan on helping people who do not know that evil, death and despair have been destroyed in reality. The law of God and the mercy of a loving Savior are still yet to be discovered, but they are well acquainted with Harry Potter's world. It is no great leap now that the light has shone even deeper into the abysmal darkness of the pagan world thanks to J. K. Rowling and people like Connie Neal who have the vision to see and clarify the lost world's obstructed view.

 

Christian themes in Potter books make good evangelism tools, some say By Matt Kennedy Associated Baptist Press, Published: July 31, 2007
 

Harry Potter and the Holy Bible by Keegan Hamilton River Front Times, St. Louis, MO August 8, 2007

 

Australia Christian Today Harry Potter Books Claim Eight Spots On Bestseller List By: Joshua Chan

 

Connie's Radio Interview on Harry Potter and Christianity from Montreal, Canada: Audio

 

Church leaders' takes on Harry Potter wizardry, themes vary widely
Sunday,  July 29, 2007 3:34 AM

 

The final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, should be considered in light of the January/February 2002 article in Faith Today magazine which highlights the Christian faith of J.K. Rowling. Check it out:
 

Hear Connie's radio interview about Harry Potter and MySpace with Eric Hogue on KFIA AM 710 Sacramento, CA:

 

 

Charles (Chuck) Colson and Breakpoint feature Connie in Commentary:
Should Christian Kids Read 'Harry Potter'?

Literary magic Thu, July 19, 2007 The London Free Press

Immortality Thu, July 19, 2007 The Edmonton Sun Harry Potter books will live on in the halls of literary fame

Mild About Harry by Jared Binder - Dallas Observer - Dallas, TX, USA July 12, 2007.  Comments.

Potter musings: Is Severus Snape evil, or just misunderstood? By Peggy Fletcher Stack The Salt Lake Tribune Article Last Updated: 07/13/2007 08:24:33 PM MDT
Winston Churchill once said that in war, truth is so precious, it should always be attended by "a bodyguard of lies." That's how Connie Neal explains the actions of Severus Snape, a wickedly complex character in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. He's a spy for the good guys, she believes. More..

Harry Potter finding more fans among Christians By Jennifer Garza -- Bee Staff Writer Published 2:15 am PDT Saturday, July 16, 2005

The Devil and Harry Potter Column by Terry Mattingly

Book Review: The Gospel according to Harry Potter by The Rev. Tony Litwinski of Grace Cathedral Episcopal Church

Beauty or the Beast: Controversy Over Harry Potter and Fantasy Literature,
article in Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

Harry Potter: What’s a Concerned Parent to Do? by Connie Neal at CBN.com

Youth Workers as Cross-Cultural Missionaries: Is Harry Potter the New Peace Child? by Connie Neal

What’s a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? Interview with Connie Neal by Michael Ireland of ASSIST News Service

Harry Potter: Leading the Troops as the War Begins to Turn by Connie Neal

Harry Potter and the Disputable Matter, interview with Connie Neal by Anne Morse, Senior Writer at Breakpoint

Today’s Christian Woman Online Chat with Connie Neal about Harry Potter

Surrounded by Sorcery: 10 Ways to Protect Kids in an Occult-Filled Pop Culture by Connie Neal

Guarding Your Child: 10 Ways to Protect Kids in an Occult-Filled Pop Culture by Connie Neal

Christianity Today: The Dick Staub Interview with Connie Neal

How to Handle Harry by Connie Neal, Today’s Christian Woman

Interview with Connie Neal: The Gospel according to Harry Potter by Becky Garrison

Harry Potter and the Existence of God by Charles Colson

Can You Use Harry Potter to Share the Gospel? by Connie Neal

The Potter Magic: Teaching Discernment of Good and Evil by Anne Morse

Religion News Service Story, June 30, 2001: Finding the Spiritual Power of Harry Potter

Faith Today: What Christians Think About Harry Potter, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

Journal of Religion and Film: Bewitching the Box Office: Harry Potter and Religious Controversy by Rachel Wagner, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Christianity Today's Editorial, "Why We Like Harry Potter"

What's a Christian to Make of Harry Potter from Our Sunday Visitor

Harry Potter, Russian Winters and a Kingdom by Fritz Berggren for Christian Activities

The Potter Parody that Got Out of Hand by Anne Morse (Sr. Writer for BreakPoint)

President of Fuller Theological Seminary Makes Statement on Harry Potter Books. “They’re Not So Wild about Harry: Why some Christians reject Potter author J.K. Rowling and all her works:

Religion Editor for Publishers Weekly, Jana Reiss, urges Christians to read the books before raising questions. The Gospel according to Harry: Read First, Raise Questions Later.

The Spiritual Dimension of Fantasy by Phyllis Tickle of Publishers Weekly

Christians can enjoy 'Harry' - Sacramento Bee, Movie Review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by Connie Neal

Connie's article "Guarding Your Child": 10 Ways to Protect Kids in an Occult-Filled Pop Culture in Today's Christian Woman

Harry Potter, Evangelist, Posted July 5, 2001, Christianity Today

Wrestling with Harry Potter - Article in Christian Retailing

How to Handle Harry for Parents on Either Side of the Controversy in Today’s Christian Woman

 

 

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Caught in the Middle with Harry Potter

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