A Landscape with Dragons The Battle for Your Child s Mind Landscape with Dragons The Battle for Your Child s MInd by Michael D O Brien The Harry Potter series of books and movies are wildly popular Many Christians see the books as largely if not entirely har

  • Title: A Landscape with Dragons: The Battle for Your Child's Mind
  • Author: Michael D. O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9780898706789
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • Landscape with Dragons The Battle for Your Child s MInd by Michael D O Brien The Harry Potter series of books and movies are wildly popular Many Christians see the books as largely if not entirely harmless Others regard them as dangerous and misleading In his book A Landscape with Dragons, Harry Potter critic Michael O Brien examines contemporary children s literaturLandscape with Dragons The Battle for Your Child s MInd by Michael D O Brien The Harry Potter series of books and movies are wildly popular Many Christians see the books as largely if not entirely harmless Others regard them as dangerous and misleading In his book A Landscape with Dragons, Harry Potter critic Michael O Brien examines contemporary children s literature and finds it spiritually and morally wanting His analysis, written before the rise of the popular Potter books and films, anticipates many of the problems Harry Potter critics point to A Landscape with Dragons is a controversial, yet thoughtful study of what millions of young people are reading and the possible impact such reading may have on them In this study of the pagan invasion of children s culture, O Brien, the father of six, describes his own coming to terms with the effect it has had on his family and on most families in Western society His analysis of the degeneration of books, films, and videos for the young is incisive and detailed Yet his approach is not simply critical, for he suggests a number of remedies, including several tools of discernment for parents and teachers in assessing the moral content and spiritual impact of this insidious revolution In doing so, he points the way to rediscovery of time tested sources, and to new developments in Christian culture If you have ever wondered why a certain children s book or film made you feel uneasy, but you couldn t figure out why, this book is just what you need This completely revised, much expanded second edition also includes a very substantial recommended reading list of over 1,000 books for kindergarten through highschool A Landscape With Dragons is one of the best books I have read in a long time clear, beautiful articulation of an important message Dr Ruth Beechick Michael O Brien is the editor of Nazareth Journal, a Catholic family ma

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    1. This is a very well-written, clearly presented book, which deals with a difficult topic.First thing that needs to be said: reading this book without having a Christian perspective on the world would be very difficult. A lot of O'Brien says could seem hasty or unfounded. But if you read it as a Christian (or at least, with an acceptance of the Christian point-of-view), his explanations and evidence become grounded.Michael O'Brien manages to walk the thin line between two common groups in Christia [...]

    2. One of my favorite books, and one that I have re-read and recommended a number of times. Unhappily with a provocative title with that currently fashionable "TitleSubtitle" structure that sounds like a pitch for some TV soft-news show. But authors rarely if ever have anything to do with the titles or covers of their books, so let's be generous.O'Brien asserts that children both desire and require stories with clear delineations of good-guys and bad-guys. There isn't a toddler who doesn't interrup [...]

    3. Short, thought provoking (though imperfect) read This quick read (I read it in under two hours) is aimed at Christians, but that doesn't mean that those who aren't should pass this by. While I don't believe everything he says is accurate, his heart & observations are worth considering as he makes several good points.The book is not focused on dragons, though they are a frequent example, but on the use of classic symbols in literature. He does state that dragons themselves (if they exist) are [...]

    4. Great book! He talks about why new trends in literature are dangerous to the mind- and soul- of the child. He has a lot of great insight and is good at explaining concretely exactly things why things that "felt wrong" to me are. I wish he'd make a new edition- I don't know off-hand when this was written but obviously well before Harry Potter and the vampire trend. He talks about movies, too- I'd love to hear his analysis of recent ones, like Pixar. Love the discussion on Tolkien and CS Lewis- bu [...]

    5. A good analysis of the kinds of literature our kids are consuming. O'Brien's Catholicism comes through frequently. He is especially wary of the modern glorification of dragons which were considered a universal symbol of evil in theistic cultures. O'Brien includes extensive lists of recommended titles broken down by age group.

    6. There are good moments in the book, but ultimately his analysis of certain fantasies breaks down. His discussions of Lloyd Alexander, Terry Brooks, and Stephen R. Lawhead contain no content, mere condemnations without reasons.

    7. When you are reading a book do you think about "world view"? The same applies to film, columns, and even conversation. World view is the "salt in the stew", so to speak. We don't see it, nor even taste it (unless it's overdone). But there it is, flavoring the experience, or drawing out the other flavors.The four world views I look for areCosmic HumanistSecular HumanistJudeo / ChristianMarxist / Leninist as described in Understanding the Times by David Noebel.A number of years ago my t'ween-age d [...]

    8. Heady text detailing neopaganism and the weight of symbols in literature, but excellent. He appears even to me to be a bit "over the top," but he warns of real danger. Includes a long book list.Review source unknown: O'Brien has issued a wake-up call to conscientious parents in his latest book. We cannot take it for granted anymore that the entertainment aimed at our children is worthy of their attention. In fact, it may be harmful. The classic stories which teach us about good and evil (fairy t [...]

    9. Brilliant and profound analysis. This is the third time I read this book and I get more out of it every time. The first time, I had no knowledge of George MacDonald, but have since read seven of his books, so I understood O'Brien's analysis of MacDonald much better, though his critique of "Phantastes" still floored me. ("*That's* what the book was about?") His explanation of "At the Back of the North Wind" surprised me too. Maybe it's time I try "Lilith" again and see if I can finish it. C.S. Le [...]

    10. This book has given me a lot to think about in regards to what I want to read to my daughter. I agree with him that Gnosticism has become too prevalent in children's literature (and this was published before Harry Potter became a hit!) and that we need to find silence in this "Noisy Age" we live in (again, would you believe this was published before the rise of MySpace and Facebook?), but I think he was a little too harsh on C. S. Lewis mixing mythological creatures in with Christian allegory. O [...]

    11. An excellent book for understanding the underlying messages in seemingly innocuous literature while teaching children the fitting use of imagination so as to be able to discern junk from fine literature, while enjoying the better.

    12. Overall, this is a good book for the Biblically discerning Christian. The author's insight into the movie "Dragon Heart" was interesting. Most important, was learning to be aware of or to discern falsehoods, counterfeits, and indoctrination in the media.

    13. Great reading, especially if you are concerned about what your children read and watch. Even if they are teens now and close to leaving home, this is a great book to read and pass on to your children.

    14. Great book about the importance of proper books for Children that give them a true understanding of good and evil and instill in them a yearning toward the "good." Kind of heady book but worth the read.

    15. Great starting point for picking literature for children. It was a touch legalistic for me, but overall really strong.

    16. This book will challenge many readers like myself, who grew up loving all kinds of fantasy literature, from J R R Tolkien through Susan Cooper and Alan Garner, to Ursula Le Guin and C S Lewis. The author makes the case for an invasion of fantasy stories by a modern 'paganism' which relativises good and evil, or worse, actually subverts traditional symbols of good and evil. This then has a deleterious effect on the young minds reading them. The damage that is done by, for instance, encountering f [...]

    17. A handy guide to the religious/philosophical pitfalls of literature aimed at children.Like most religious-based books that are "guides for living" without explicit Biblical references, this book does go a little too far in some areas. However, that should not deter you from reading it, if only to be made a little more aware of some of the more anti-Christian undercurrents of certain books, including those that try to appeal to Christians and "religious/spiritual" people (and, of course, their ch [...]

    18. This is the first book I've read by Michael O'Brien, and even though I was predisposed to like it, since I know the author personally, I was amazing by the writing style and engaging ideas. In fact, I could not put this book down!Although written in the late 90s, A Landscape with Dragons is still relevant. The author really forsaw the issues that are relevant even now in children's literature and the culture at large. I thought he did a great job of discussing the battle for Christian ideas and [...]

    19. The "Recommended Family Reading" section at the end of this book is like what Hunt does in Honey for a Child's Heart (see also Best Books for kindergarten through high school). This section has subsections on picture books, easy readers, short chapter books, books for intermediate readers, and adult titles.

    20. Everyone who reads or writes ought to take a trip through this small book first, to reevaluate just how much symbolism tends to change and be ignored by us. We often read things without understanding the many meanings of them, or without the knowledge of how these things are changing us. Sometimes, this is a beautiful thing, but the rose-tinted glasses sometimes need to be set aside for clearer lenses. Very good read.

    21. It is a good book in some aspects though the author sometimes overdoes with condemning the magic of Harry Potter and its evil impressions on children. I did not agree with some opinions of the author.

    22. Good in analyzing many children's books and films and talking about the importance of maintaining correct symbolism (particularly of dragons). O'Brien goes a bit too far in exaggerating the effects of this symbolism-twisting on a child's mind, however.3 Stars. (Fairly Good)

    23. Closer to 3.5 stars. O’Brien can be (and is) obnoxiously popish at times, but there’s much wisdom to be found here. Nuggets like this, for instance: “The imagination must be fed good food, or it will become the haunt of monsters.”

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