Richard Abanes's Bio:
Richard Abanes is a nationally known author/journalist specializing in the areas of pop culture, social issues, world religions, and the entertainment industry. He also is a highly regarded lecturer who has spoken at The Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Skeptic Society, Biola University, The Mensa Society, California Baptist University, and Cal Tech University.
Abanes has written a dozen-plus books, including Inside Today’s Mormonism, an exploration into the beliefs of Mormons; The Truth Behind the DaVinci Code; Rick Warren and the Purpose That Drives Him; and Harry Potter, Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings. He has been honored by The Gustavus Myers Center for his “outstanding work on combating intolerance in North America.”
In his newest book, What Every Parent Needs to Know About Video Games, Abanes uses the most up-to-date documentation to help readers better understand today’s video games, the many forms they take, how they influence young players, and the positive—as well as negative—aspects of them. He also explains the video game rating system, presents an in-depth guide to specific games, discusses controversies surrounding certain games, and answers the most oft en-asked questions about video games. Abanes, himself a serious video game player, brings his own personal playing experiences into the study, making his descriptions of the games far more vivid and exact. The book even includes photo freeze frames that Abanes took off his computer screen while playing various games, giving readers an actual picture of what gamers see.
In addition to books, Abanes has written articles for a variety of magazines and journals, including CBA Marketplace, Christian Retailing, Christianity Today, Christian Research Journal, and Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He has been interviewed on hundreds of national radio and television programs, including MSNBC, CNN, BBC Network, Fox TV, Extra!, Hardcopy, The 700 Club, and Focus on the Family. He has also been quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sojourners magazine, and Nation magazine.
The multitalented Abanes is an accomplished singer, dancer, actor, and songwriter who has performed on Broadway in the hit musicals A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls. He has danced in Nashville-based TV specials, appeared in national TV commercials, and acted a costarring role in the movie Rappin’.