John Ankerberg, John Weldon, and Dillon Burroughs team up to revise and update The Facts on Halloween, a significant book from the popular Facts On Series (more than 1.9 million copies of books from this series sold). Known for their extensive research and Bible knowledge, these authors offer readers the essential facts they need to evaluate and discuss today's issues regarding Halloween, a widely popular event in which children and progressively more adults participate. The concise, easy-to-follow information helps readers answer such questions as:
- When and where did Halloween originate?
- What customs come from pagan beliefs?
- What should Christians know if they choose to participate in this event?
Parents trying to establish wholesome family traditions and people who are concerned about this growing holiday will find what they are looking for in The Facts on Halloween—easy-to-understand, factual, and relevant information.
About the Author
John Ankerberg, host of the award-winning John Ankerberg Show, has three earned degrees: an MA in church history and the philosophy of Christian thought, an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a DMin from Luther Rice Seminary. He has coauthored the 2-million-selling Facts On series of apologetic books, as well as Taking a Stand for the Bible and Israel Under Fire.
John Weldon has authored or coauthored more than 80 books. He has a Ph.D. in comparative religion and a D.Min. with emphasis in contemporary religious movements, as well as master’s degrees in divinity and Christian apologetics. With Dr. John Ankerberg, he has coauthored What Do Mormons Really Believe?, Fast Facts® on Islam, the “Facts On” Series of apologetic booklets, and others.
Dillon Burroughs is an activist and the author or coauthor of nearly 30 books on issues of faith and culture, including the groundbreaking Undefending Christianity. Dillon has served among at-risk American youth, constructed housing in Mexico’s barrios, provided aid relief in Haiti, and was most recently nominated for a CNN Hero award for his efforts to fight human trafficking. His written and edited works have been featured by NPR, MSNBC, ABC News, and other media outlets.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
John Ankerberg, John Weldon, Dillon Burroughs
Harvest House Publishers, 2008
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 10/08
Is Halloween innocent?...
The authors begin The Facts On Halloween by taking a look at the origin of the celebration. The roots lie in the pagan practices of the Druids. The jack-o-lantern comes from the Irish.
John Ankerberg, John Weldon, and Dillon Burroughs offer some very good reasons for Christians to avoid participating in Halloween. Why would we want to dress our children as witches, ghosts, and vampires?
We should be emulating God--not demons. The authors back up their opinions with scriptures. I have never been comfortable with this ¿holiday.¿ John Ankerberg, John Weldon, and Dillon Burroughs enlighten readers. This is one reader that will not be participating this year. The Facts On Halloween is easy to read and understand. Christians, don¿t remain ignorant on this topic.
I knew that the history of Halloween started with the Druids. I did not realize the horrible meanings behind the traditions. The history of Halloween is also tied to the idea of purgatory and the Catholic Church. Learn the meanings behind the costumes, trick-or-treating, and jack o¿ lanterns. Learn about communicating with spirits, and learn about witches. Mentioned in this book is a teacher who patiently explained, in depth, to her students about not all witches being bad. I hope the parents took their children out of that school. Apparently, witches are more common than I realized. Many bible references are provided. The question throughout the book is, ¿As Christians, should we celebrate Halloween?¿ The authors suggest that we do not. They mention that children will not be hurt because of not celebrating Halloween. They also argue that calling it a ¿Harvest Festival¿ is not good enough we need to do away with it completely. This year, our children will be hunting for Easter eggs on Halloween. They are excited about it. I recommend you read this book. You may decide to come up with an alternative to Halloween.