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With a provocative premise, insightful analysis and a witty writing style, Harvey's book is an all-hands-on deck broadside against the satanic strategy to corrupt our children. Paganism might seem like a joke to some, but any Christian who reads this book will discover that it's no laughing matter to God.

      - ED VITAGLIANO, new editor for the American Family Association Journal and minister for twenty-five years



If you want to maintain a false sense of down-home, All-American, optimistic tranquility, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK! If you do, you will not put it down, and you will not gets its warning out of your head. Linda Harvey writes both with great intelligence and down-to-earth vivid readability showing how pagan chicken soup for the soul is being served up in massive doses to our rising generations of unsuspecting kids, while most parents look on in blissful ignorance. If you want to understand how modern culture is being profoundly undermined by an ideology as old as the hills but made to look like the latest slick video game, YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOK!

Peter Jones, PhD, Director, Christian Witness to a Pagan Planet, Scholar-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor, Westminster in California



Linda Harvey's Not My Child warns us that kids without the built-in "nonsense detector" of traditional faith are being seduced by a thriving occult, often through the Internet. When Christianity leaves the scene or becomes lukewarm, there is no neutral zone. Witches, warlocks and other spiritual counterfeits quickly move in to slake the God-given thirst for meaning beyond the material present. And they often bring a sexual agenda with them. In this well-written book, Mrs.Harvey rips the lid off this profoundly dangerous pagan trend and tells what parents need to do to protect their kids.

Robert Knight, director of Culture and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center

About the Author

LINDA HARVEY, author and activist, has been an astute observer of American culture for over a decade. A former advertising executive,, she started the Christian group Mission America and its popular web site in 1995. She is considered an authority on teen paganism, sexuality, and feminist spirituality. She is a frequent conference speaker and guest on talk radio. Her columns regularly appear on the popular Internet site-World Net Daily. Linda, her husband, and two children live in Ohio.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Living Ink Books (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899570348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899570341
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,660,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The media outreach of Linda Harvey reflects her Christian faith and her background in journalism, marketing and public relations. As a former advertising executive, Linda specialized in creating new communication vehicles. She has started more than twenty-five publications and overseen multi-million dollar advertising campaigns, primarily in the health care industry.

In 1995, she founded Mission:America (www.missionamerica.com) to equip concerned Americans with current, accurate information about cultural issues such as marriage, homosexuality, education and neopagan spirituality. The Mission America web site features articles, hot links, and other resources. Linda is in regular contact with national Christian leaders dealing with headline-making issues.

She is also a radio talk show host in Ohio and a frequent guest on talk shows coast to coast. In addition to her book and writing for Mission America, she is frequent columnist for World Net Daily (www.worldnetdaily.com ) and other Internet sites. Linda is a wife and mother of two children and in her not-so-spare time loves to read, travel, play golf, cook, and sing!

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56 of 67 people found the following review helpful By John W. Morehead on October 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
In my Internet research recently I discovered a new book that addresses Paganism and youth, Linda Harvey's Not My Child: Contemporary Paganism and New Spirituality (Living Ink Books, 2008). The publisher was kind enough to send a copy for my review, and over the weekend I had an opportunity to thumb through the volume. It includes an introduction and six chapters that present an all too common conservative evangelical perspective on youth interest in Paganism, the core tenets of Paganism, spiritual consequences of Paganism, the dangers of a Pagan lifestyle, and suggestions on what parents can do in interacting with their teen on Paganism in contemporary society.

Unfortunately, this book is just what I feared it would be, yet another alarmist and poorly researched volume that in my view will do little to help Christian parents and young people understand Paganism in America and the West. Some of the problems I noted in the book included alarm bells over aspects of popular culture allegedly influenced by Paganism, including not only the evangelical whipping boy Harry Potterbut also Buffy, Sabrina, and Charmed, and also Internet videogame World of Warcraft, the cartoon and card games Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, Christopher Paolini's dragon fantasy books Eragon and Eldest, and various forms of animation including Sailor Moon and Hellboy. Japanese animation, or anime, was also pointed too as an example of a genre "suffused with sorcery as a core activity." As this book addresses various facets of popular culture unfortunately no effort is made at putting forth a recognition of fantasy and fairytale where all types of mythical creatures exist in a magical context that involve little to no connection to real-world spiritualities and religions and their practices.
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61 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Thomas on March 24, 2008
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One wonders how the Christian Right would react to "Not my Children; Contemporary Christian and Spirituality" as a title? After all in a country that supposes free speech all is fair right?

That musing aside. The author has absolutely no comprehension of Neopaganism, or Mesopaganism (the religions they call "pagan"), what they do or don't do, and rather relies on sensationalistic and misinterpreted "facts" (the "" is there to imply they are the opposite).

As a neopagan of 25 plus years, I find such books amusing to read. However for youth who are feeling the call of their ancestors (real or imagined) such books can deal a psychological blow. I would imagine the author would react just as strongly to a homosexual child as a "pagan" one.

Thus while it is the authors gods given right to write absolute rubbish, it is my right to refute it. Christianity is NOT the only religion out there, the USA was founded on the premise of religious freedom. QED, ignore this attempt of scaremongering and talk to a follower of the faiths being slandered and libeled. Find out what they do and belive THEN and only then judge what you wish your children to follow. OH and if they still wish to go down this path. Love them, you are their parents and it is you duty!
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By El Arseneau on June 28, 2011
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This book is hate speech. Period. But if you like this sort of thing, you'll love Mein Kampf, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and any number of fear mongering, race baiting hate screeds written by people associated with the American Nazi Party, The John Birch Society, or the leader of Aryan Nation. I'm surprised Amazon sells such drivel.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Leslye Friedberg on August 17, 2011
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This woman is a bigot posing a kind Christian. She preaches discrimination against LGBT people; she perpetuates lies about gender and sexual orientation. She has no credentials as a psychologist or therapist, yet she diagnoses and prescribes. Her views are unsubstantiated and unaccepted by all recognized psychiatric and psychology groups. She does nothing but present her own fictional world of hate. Her book, her radio show, and her website puplit should be recognized for what they are: bigotry, hate, and discrimination. Nothing spiritual about this woman except mean-spiritedness.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B. Cornish on October 26, 2011
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This woman promotes bigotry and ignorance. Christians, your faith is being hijacked by people like Harvey, who alienate and stigmatize young people, and obsess over the gay community. Her views are not Christ like. She is just a bitter, vile, and intensely prejudiced lunatic. Avoid her cult.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg daugherty on February 8, 2015
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Would have to say people are absolutely crazy. This writer is one of those. She can't even write, and she prolly prays to Jesus every night like an evangelical Jesus humper. Haha god only knows how stupid those people are
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tom on January 9, 2014
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My best advice to anyone considering the purchase of this book it DON'T!
It's utter nonsense written by someone who had absolutely no idea what she is talking about.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By flagella on January 12, 2014
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Love the truth this Author Brings. Parents be aware of all that a child thinks.Wonderful Book Love it so much
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