By Linda Harvey
Is your child about to embrace pagan spirituality? No? Think again, cautions Linda Harvey in "Not My Child: Contemporary Paganism & New Spirituality." Casual occultism permeates youth culture, children's media and classroom lessons. Kids are under spiritual assault even in some trendy youth groups. Discerning families want to understand how this "pop spirituality" differs from authentic Christian doctrine. Harvey points out how feminism, current social issues and compromised churches are contributing to the problem.
What's the significance of the sudden appeal of teen paganism, even witchcraft? Are fortune-telling and spell-casting just a new version of teen rebellion or a more sinister development? The author compares the modern version of ancient practices -- neopaganism -- Ì´å to core biblical principles and exposes the flaws, including the gender and sexuality risks inherent in these radical new beliefs.
The fingerprints of evil are all over what appears to be innocent packaging of youth activities and entertainment. But how can a parent keep from going crazy and saying "no" to everything? Certain children's publishers and themes, and even various television characters, are more questionable than others. The whens, wheres and hows are covered with tips and encouragement for discerning families. The special role of a father is also highlighted.
Sample chapter titles:
- Laying the Foundation to Build Young Pagans
- Do What You Will: The Core Tenets of the New Spirituality
- The Spiritual Consequences of Paganism
- Outreach: How, When and Where Paganism Connects with Kids
- The Dangers of Living a Pagan Lifestyle
- Managing Pandora: What Can Parents Do?
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 website 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, and is a regular columnist for WND.
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: AMG Publishers (January 28, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 0899570348
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches