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The Witches of Commack, Maine Paperback – January 22, 2016
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We follow the journey of Liberty as she starts to dabble in witchcraft and not the "Hocus-Pocus" fun style of witchcraft either - the real thing. She is constantly feeling as if she needs to stop and even hears a voice tell her that very thing - she ignores it all. Robin does a great job weaving Liberty's story in to the history behind this area of Maine (and no, as far as I know - this is all a made up place). I was sucked in to the story within the first few pages and pretty much spent an entire day reading and sadly finished the book! I started reading at night and had to stop. The spiritual warfare aspect is THAT well written that I was looking over my shoulder for my guardian angel constantly. There is such a powerful truth behind this story that I hope many who read it see it for what Robin has shared - there IS a battle for your soul constantly raging...which side will you chose?
And for anyone reading this and wondering...this book DOES have a "religious" aspect to it. There are angels AND demons portrayed. The Gospel message is clearly given. I loved that about this book, but that is your "disclaimer" if you will. Don't go bashing the author for it. :-)
But, as a pagan, I have big, big problems with the book.
We aren’t in a war with Jesus, or working with demons.
Most pagans I know are cool, spiritual people. In fact, a lot of them including some teachers like Jesus a lot.
There is nothing evil about Wicca or being a witch, of a lover of nature or trees.
I do think a lot of pagans are seekers of spirituality so that is true. But, I have met very, very few pagans who tried to convert people. It’s of course part of Christian tradition. A part which led to horrible atrocities around the world with conversion of the native peoples of the Americas, Africa and around the world. The horrible things that people who were Christian have done for Christ in history are legion. If you are beating native people or torturing them to convert them, the savage person is the abuser.
But, again a very enjoyable book. And I am planning to continue reading Robin Merrill’s work. I have loved her poetry for a long time and really enjoyed “Shelter”. I actually flew through this one faster, I am planning to read “Daniel”, the sequel to “Shelter” next.
The author skillfully intertwines a modern-day story with a colonial account of a widowed mother accused of witchcraft by her church family and excommunicated from the community.
Many useful lessons are to be gleaned within the text of this book regarding domination and manipulation of others, the barrenness of dogmatic religion, the necessity of Godly spiritual discernment and the blessing of true Christian love and concern.
A great read. Spoiler alert—not for pre-teens or younger.