Deep POV: Confessions of a Christian Writer

The ramblings of an emergent-realistic-edgy-working-for-God-and-the-pay-isn’t-that-great-sometimes-confused-christian-fiction writer (uh, that would be me).

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Christian Book Store and Harry Potter

Here's a fascinating article about a Christian bookstore that's selling Harry Potter books. Yes, you heard that correctly, a Christian bookstore. Ever since Harry Potter books were first published, I've been in the middle of many intense firestorms over them, with some Christians arguing that they are the devil's spawn, and others claiming they display Christian principles. I don't know enough about them to comment because I've never read them ... though I want to. Still, what a breath of fresh air to see a Christian bookstore with this philosophy:

But O'Reilly-Amandes believes the Potter books fit the store's mission to bring in more customers. The Oak Park Logos is part of a 30-store chain in the United States, Canada and the Bahamas that targets both Christians and non-Christians. The philosophy is to attract "hidden people," including those who don't shop in religious bookstores, and "are completely unaware of the wealth of Christian literature written on their level and addressed to their needs."