Wizards, Wardrobes, and Wookies: Navigating Good and Evil in Harry Potter, Narnia, and Star Wars

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Luke Skywalker. Lucy Pevensie. Harry Potter.

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 ...

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Overview

Luke Skywalker. Lucy Pevensie. Harry Potter.

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.

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What People Are Saying

Colin Duriez
"A deft and inspiring insight into the storytelling power and inherent spirituality of Harry Potter, Narnia and the Star Wars movies. 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830833665
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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 Time magazine.

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.

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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
5. 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 Elixir Notes
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