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Looking for God in Harry Potter
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Despite the controversy that surrounds them, millions of Christian kids are reading the phenomenally best-selling Harry Potter books and watching the Harry Potter movies. In Finding God in Harry Potter, author John Granger, a devout Christian, literature teacher and father of seven home-schooled children, gives parents and teachers a roadmap for using the Harry Potter books to teach children Christian truth. Finding God in Harry Potter explores the surprising reasons J.K. Rowling's fiction is so popular and examines what the author believes are strong Christian themes in the Potter books. Along the way. Granger contends that Rowling is writing in the tradition of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, and reveals the three tests of great fiction. Finding God in Harry Potter is for Christians who want substantive answers, and for Potter fans who will devour the book to see it they agree with Granger.
"Granger (no relation to fellow brainiac Hermione), a homeschooling Christian father of seven, initially resisted when a friend encouraged him to read the Harry Potter books. But Rowling's novels, sprinkled with literary allusions and strong biblical values, won the classicist over quickly, and he became an avid spokesperson for the series. This book transcends the responses of some other Christian writers (those in support, like Connie Neal, or in sloppy accusations, like Richard Abanes) to offer a serious literary and Christian appraisal of the first five books. Granger begins with the thesis that all humans are 'wired' to respond to 'stories that reflect the greatest story ever told,' including that of Harry's struggle against evil. The best part of the book is Granger's lucid commentary on Rowling's use of language — the insights into character names alone are worth the price of admission — and his keen awareness of word play. Although some arguments are a stretch, and there are a few tiny mistakes (in a footnote, for example, Granger claims that the hero of James and the Giant Peach was named James Potter, like Harry's dad, when it was James Henry Trotter), this is obviously a painstakingly researched book. It is easily the best examination to date of the spiritual legacy of 'the boy who lived.' (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Granger, a devout Christian, literature teacher and father of seven home-schooled children, gives parents and teachers a roadmap for using the Harry Potter books to teach children Christian truth.
Millions of children, even Christian children, are reading the mega-selling Harry Potter book series and are exposed to the Harry Potter movies. John Granger, a devout Christian, teacher of classic literature, and father of seven children, first read the Harry Potter books so he could explain to his children why they weren't allowed to read them. After intense study, however, he became convinced that the books are underestimated as literature--and reflect important Christian truths. In Looking for God in Harry Potter, Granger gives parents and teachers a roadmap for using the Harry Potter books to teach Christian truth to children.
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