Shippensburg, PA (PRWEB) April 10, 2005
A misfit, orphaned boy-turned-sorcerer has captured hearts all over the globe in the seemingly harmless phenomenon known as Harry Potter. With J.K. RowlingÂs sixth Harry Potter book releasing this July, millions of children will once again be gobbling up the magical adventures of this character and his friends.
But are these harmless fantasies? Is there more behind the Harry Potter movement, as the controversy that surrounds this series suggests? Could sinister spirits be lurking behind the best-selling books?
Hour of the Witch: Harry Potter, Wicca Witchcraft, and the Bible (April 1, 2005, Destiny Image Publishers, ISBN# 0-7684-2279-5, $13.99) by veteran author and media personality Steve Wohlberg scrutinizes these popular tales from a spiritual perspective. By thoroughly examining the first five volumes in the series, noting other books on the subject (both for and against), as well as holding them up to the test of the scriptures, Hour of the Witch demonstrates to Christian parents how an overwhelming fascination with the ÂfictionalÂ Potter is leading to a huge increase in the real-life practice of Wicca Witchcraft (one of AmericaÂs fastest growing religions, as reported by National Public Radio).
ÂThis is what we believe: no witchcraft is good witchcraft,Â said Destiny Image Director of Marketing Don Nori. ÂWe have a strong desire to reach and educate as many people as possible with the message of The Hour of the Witch.Â
While Christians may know that the practice of witchcraft is biblically forbidden, many feel that fictional sorcery, sÃ©ances, and spells woven throughout the childrenÂs tales can not do any real harm. Wohlberg thinks they can, and this experienced author has done his homework to prove it. Hour of the Witch clearly demonstrates the long-lasting impact that images of witchcraft can leave on impressionable young minds, and the dangers involved.
ÂIt is very important, as the media entertains with witchcraft, that believers and non-believers are educated in order to be knowledgeable about what the scriptures say in regards to this subject,Â Nori said.
Coordinating with an intensive publicity campaign is the newly developed website http://www.hourofthewitch.com that provides information and resources about the dangers of witchcraft. Additional materials will be available this fall from the American Tract Society.
Steve Wohlberg hosts the nationally syndicated radio show World News and the Bible and is Speaker/Director of Endtime Insights Radio and TV Ministry. A TV producer and author of ten books, Wohlberg is highly respected for his Christ-centered teaching and straightforward style. He resides with his wife Kristin in Paso Robles, California, and can be contacted at [email protected]
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