Wizards, Wardrobes and Wookiees
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.
"A deft and inspiring insight into the storytelling power and inherent spirituality of Harry Potter, Narnia and the Star Wars movies. According to Connie Neal, human life in its full meaning is an adventure requiring Christlike and Christ-given qualities, and these popular and abiding narratives of today sustain and encourage such a visionary journey."
Anyone who enjoys these stories and also enjoys exploring the Christian faith will enjoy Neal's thought-provoking book.
Neal discusses how we as Chrsitians 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.
Wizards, Wardrobes, and Wookiees embraces the positive aspect of uplifting popular culture stories, and how their lessons can reinforce the Christian faith.
For any lovers of fantasy literature this will be a rich resource for communicating biblical truth and using your love for stories to talk about the greatest and true story of God's defeat of sin and His path into His glorious kingdom.
Introduction: The Hero's Journey, Mythic Archetypes and Biblical Insights
1. "The Hero" and Would-Be Heroes Among Us
2. The Call to Join the Battle Against Evil
3. Crossing the Threshold into the Extraordinary
5. Meeting with the Mentor
5. Sorting Out Allies from Enemies
6. Preparing for the Ordeal in our Battle Against Evil
7. Tests, Trials, Tricksters and Threshold Guardians
8. Knowing the Villain and the Nature of Evil
9. Unveiling Shapeshifters in our Fight Against Evil
10. Fighting the Ultimate Battles
11. Combating the Shadow of Our Own Dark Nature
12. Facing Death, the Final Enemy
13. Grand Rescues, Resurrection and Redemption
14. Beyond the Bounds of Time and Power of Prophecy
15. Rewards for Good and Just Desserts
Epilogue: Return with the Elixir