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Fantasy and Your Family: Exploring The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Modern Magick

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Fantasy and Your Family by bestselling author Richard Abanes presents a much-needed assessment of fantasy—its benefits and its drawbacks. Abanes begins with an in-depth look at folklore, myths, legends, and fairy tales, and their connection to fantasy. Part one also discusses issues involving child development, the affects of literature on children, and how those affects can ultimately change the course of society. Additionally, Abanes examines pop culture, the media, mass marketing, and the commercialization of children’s literature by corporations interested primarily in making money.

This volume then looks at the life of fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien, the popularity of his fantasy works, their content, and what separates them from other fantasy volumes such as Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and the children’s horror books by R.L. Stine. A particularly interesting survey of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings includes a thorough analysis of its storyline, characters, and morality. These are compared side-by-side with Harry Potter.

Finally, Abanes gives an overview of our culture’s growing obsession with the occult, paganism, and witchcraft. Why is it happening? When did it begin? How is it influencing today’s youth? All of these questions are answered through a concise, easy-to-understand writing style. Especially fascinating are the numerous sources of documentations that shows children are indeed being drawn to the occult via Harry Potter. Included are dozens of quotes by Wiccans, neopagans, and occultists that clearly express their belief that Rowling’s fantasy will do much to further witchcraft and the occult.

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Guide Your Children Through the Marvelous World of Fantasy! Explore for yourself the delights and dangers of fantasy literature. Fantasy and Your Family takes you on a fascinating tour of not only The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, but also of our society’s obsession with modern magick. This book includes an in-depth look at some of today’s fantasy best-sellers and how they compare with each other. Urge your kids to read, but give them guidance!

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Award-winning journalist Richard Abanes—a nationally recognized authority on cults, the occult, world religions, and new religious movements—has written nearly a dozen books relating to his field of expertice. He has lectured for such organizations as The Mensa Society, The Simon Weisenthal Center, and The Skeptic Society. In 1997, Richard won the Evangelical Press Association's "Higher Goals In Christian Journalism Award" for his article on cults that appeared in Moody Magazine. He also has received "The Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America" in 1997 for his "outstanding work on intolerance in North America."

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