Teaching Faith with Harry Potter: A Guidebook for Parents and Educators for Multigenerational Faith Formation
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The Harry Potter series might not be as obviously grounded in Christianity as The Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings, but it still exhibits strong spiritual lessons. This guide will help those flesh out the theological ideas in Harry Potter in a way that can help those teaching, parenting, mentoring, and forming faith. Tricia Lyons identifies, clarifies, and systematizes the Christian themes Rowlings uses throughout the series, so anyone can apply the Harry Potter universe in lifelong and life-wide formation. The books first section organizes and integrates the major theological themes, characters, and events of the series into the liturgical year. The second part is organized in specific topic chapters, such as forgiveness, friendship, sacrifice, and resurrection.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Church Publishing Inc.
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0819233552
ISBN-13: 9780819233554

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• Sought-after resource for using the themes of Harry Potter in the faith formation arena • Resource for parish retreats, confirmation, education, and multi-generational settings • Study Guide included

Author Bio

Patricia (Tricia) Lyons has spent the last twenty years teaching ethics and theology in Episcopal schools and seminaries. She has a passion for melding pop culture and faith formation. The author of The Soul of Adolescence, plus numerous sermons, articles, and book chapters on moral and spiritual development theory, she is a sought-after speaker across The Episcopal Church and beyond. With an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and a DMin from Virginia Seminary, she is the founder of the C.S. Lewis Society of Harvard. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Follow her as the Hogwarts Chaplain at www.facebook.com/The-Hogwarts-Chaplain-945618665487169/

Editorial Reviews

“Patricia Lyons offers readers both young and old a fresh look at how to use the Harry Potter series as a tool for growing their faith. With clear prose and varied topics, she models what it means to use popular culture as a tool to gain a deeper understanding of one’s personal beliefs.” ––Dr. Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, Seminary of the Southwest and author of God and Harry Potter at Yale: Teaching Faith and Fantasy Fiction in an Ivy League Classroom “Here is the definitive faith based commentary on the remarkable phenomenon of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Bringing her personal biography and a remarkable grasp of the literary achievement of Rowling’s, Lyons writes illuminatingly about all the key themes of theology from sin to Eucharist. An astonishing tour de force––a text to read, study, and use.” ––The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, PhD, Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology and Ethics. “Harry Potter is one of the great retellings of our Christian story, as Patricia Lyons knows and explains with clarity and power. In Teaching Faith with Harry Potter, Lyons turns on the light for all of us who might need to find our way out of the darkness with the help of the Boy Who Lived.” ––Greg Garrett, author of One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter and My Church Is Not Dying: Episcopalians in the 21st Century “I have known the value of J. K. Rowling’s storytelling and theology since I first starting reading these books, and I am so happy to have the academic foundation that Patricia M. Lyons has researched and written with such care and detail.” ––The Rev. Amy Haynie, Children’s Ministries Coordinator and Associate Clergy at Trinity Church in Fort Worth, Texas is a RevGalPalBlogs and Episcopal Café blogger, as well as an unabashedly Slytherin Episcopal priest “Lyons has done her homework; she has plumbed the classics of Western Spiritual traditionings and carefully discerned allied themes and movements in the Potter series. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the spiritual movements of life; Christian Formation practitioners––take note.” ––Victoria Garvey, former Canon for Lifelong Formation in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and current faculty for the Forma Christian Formation Certificate programs.

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