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Paperback
220 pages
Jun 2007
InterVarsity Press

Wizards, Wardrobes, and Wookiees

by Connie Neal

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Review:

In Wizards, Wardrobes, and Wookiees, the author, Connie Neal, relates the battles of our Christian walk not only with examples in Scripture, but with the story lines of three “fantastic” stories relevant in our culture today: The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Wars, and the Harry Potter series. Chapters include:

  • The Hero
  • The Call to Join the Battle Against Evil
  • Crossing the Threshold Into the Extraordinary
  • Meeting With the Mentor
  • Sorting Out Allies from Enemies
  • Knowing the Villain and the Nature of Evil
  • Fighting the Ultimate Battles
  • Facing Death, the Final Enemy
  • Grand Rescues, Resurrection, and Redemption

Neal discusses how we as Christians face very real battles in our walk, relates our real battles to the hero’s struggles and adventures in these three fantasy stories, and shows how God has destined the believer to be the hero in his own life.

The examples from fiction really helped to illustrate Neal’s points of our own battles; although I am not familiar with the Harry Potter books, I could definitely see the parallels drawn from the other two. Then Neal thoughtfully brings in Scripture as the ultimate example and instruction. She states, when speaking of Old Testament heroes in the Faith, “The way these heroes trusted God and fought their battles encourages and instructs us. Similarly, the way we fight our battles will have bearing on the lives and faith of those who come after us and hear our stories, until Christ returns in final triumph.” (pp. 34-35)

Although this book was not what I was expecting from the title, I found the parallels drawn from fantasy interesting. This book could be useful for readers 12+ who love fantasy and see themselves as the hero in their own world, battling good over evil. -- Tracey Bonsell, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

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.