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Title: The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide
Author: Nancy Carpentier Brown
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
Date Published: June 18, 2007
Price: Softcover 12.95
As a fan of Harry Potter, and a Catholic Christian, I have often lamented the
time wasted on paranoid analyses of J.K. Rowling's great work of Christian
(yes, I said Christian) fantasy from believers who ought to know better. Now
comes a fine appreciation of Rowling's achievement from a first rate writer,
believer, and (to top it off) Chestertonian Catholic. Thanks, Nancy Brown, for
doing justice to the greatest Christian fantasy epic of our generation. - _Mark
P. Shea_ (http://markshea.blogspot.com/index.html)
, Senior Content Editor,
Nancy Carpentier Brown has done us all, especially parents, a great service.
_The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide_
is an informative and original assessment of the Harry Potter books,
examining why they are not only great literature, but great Christian literature as
well. Harry Potter should be on every Catholic family's bookshelf, right
alongside Nancy's book. --_Sean P. Dailey, editor-in-chief of Gilbert Magazine_
"Nancy Carpentier Brown has done a great service to Catholic parents, and to
Catholic readers of fiction in general: Cutting through the hype and
controversy surrounding the Harry Potter series, she provides her own confidently
Christian interpretation of the story. In truly Chestertonian fashion, she turns
upside down the strident criticisms of those whose opposition to real-life
witchcraft and sorcery prevents them from seeing anything good in the books. Her
clearheaded analysis of the fundamentally moral, religious, and even Christian
character of the narrative is very convincing. Her voice deserves to be heard."
_Fr. Pierre Ingram, CC, S.T.L._ (http://www.xanga.com/pierreingram)
"At last a book by a devout Catholic mom about Harry Potter! Nancy Brown puts
to rest the objections raised by Catholics who have not read Joanne Rowling's
wonderful books and raises concerns for prudent Christian parents to
consider. This is a must for every Catholic parish library and RCIA teacher!" –_John
, author, _Finding God in Harry
"The Mystery of Harry Potter is a great resource to enlighten Catholic
parents and educators that JK Rowling is on the side of the angels."
Editor, CSL: The Bulletin of the New York C.S. Lewis Society
The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide by Nancy Brown is
fantastic! Whether you hate, love or are unsure about Harry you have got to put this
book on your reading list. Mrs. Brown wrote it in a way I would have never
dreamed. She ties J. K. Rowling's story of Harry Potter to G. K. Chesterton's
Battle of Lepanto. Only a Chestertonian like Nancy could pull it off so
beautifully.--_Maureen Wittmann_ (http://maureenwittmann.blogspot.com/)
(Note: amazon has the wrong release date at the website -- but it is
The adventures of the boy wizard have provoked a vigorous debate among
Whether your children have read the series or are planning to in the future,
The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide will help you appreciate
and address the series underlying moral and spiritual themes.
Using her natural teaching skills and parenting experience, author Nancy
Brown has created a must-read for every Catholic family as she walks you through
her journey of discovery:
--Are the stories compatible with the Catholic Faith?
--What moral and spiritual issues are addressed?
--What kind of role model is Harry Potter?
--How can I talk about these issues with my children?
--How are the movies different from the books?
Let The Mystery of Harry Potter guide your family through the fullest
experience of Harry Potter yet!
About the Author
Nancy Carpentier Brown is a married mother of two who writes regular reviews
of children s literature. She is a veteran homeschooler, author, catechist,
and former contributing editor for Heart & Mind homeschooling magazine.
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