Unfortunately, the so-called "hard facts" about Wicca are anything but. It's one thing to say we don't approve of Wicca, it is another thing entirely to slander the folks who practice it and their religion.
Books like this only further the ignorance about wicca. True wiccans live a life based on several principles. First is harm none. Another is to respect and love others. This book only promotes hate and ignorance. We need to learn to understand and get along with each other. I think that in the end we will be judged on what we do to each other not on the name of the god we worship.
technomage - reviewed Protecting Your Teen from Today's Witchcraft: A Parent's Guide to Confronting Wicca and the Occult on
Helpful Score: 28
Very little in the way of factual information. Silly book designed to scare parents. Does not represent true practitioners of Wicca. Clearly the author has done no personal research, appears to have only read other similar propaganda books/tracts and parroted the misinformation. Sad.
This book is the worst sort of manipulative scare tactic, geared towards fostering suspicion and mistrust of people who don't follow mainstream ideologies. This garbage is of the same ilk as the pamphlets warning of the hellish dangers of Dungeons and Dragons, or that Count Chocula is the cereal of the devil (Don't laugh, I've seen it in print!)
If you are a parent, and have concerns over your teen's behavior, look first to your own house. Teens rebel, it's what they do. I've known and been closely associated with people of the Wiccan path for decades. Honestly, a restless teen could hardly find anywhere better to look for answers than a tradition of love, caring, respect, non-violence, self expression, balance and honor.
Instead of this blatant propagandistic book, talk to your teen. It may not be easy to do, and if you can't quite see how to do so, look for a book to help you do that openly and lovingly, not some hyperbole-laden misinformed handbook like this. I can guarantee that if your teen IS interested in Wicca, this book will do more to alienate them and utterly violate their trust in you than it will ever do to help strengthen your relationship with your child.
Crystal A. reviewed Protecting Your Teen from Today's Witchcraft: A Parent's Guide to Confronting Wicca and the Occult on
Helpful Score: 15
It is obvious that the author has no experience with wicca. The "facts" presented aren't even close to being truth. Please don't let someone else's fears mar your own good judgement. As with many things (ie. entering the military, sprituality, college, etc) do research and listen to representatives of the topic. Wicca is nothing to "fear" or "protect" your kids against. It is not dangerous any more than christianity is dangerous. It is a belief system. Though, judging by the author, perhaps a belief system can be dangerous. Take out a book from the library about Wicca from respected author's in the field (easily found by checking reviews on amazon), see what it is really about and then judge for yourself.
John Z. (witchybooks) reviewed Protecting Your Teen from Today's Witchcraft: A Parent's Guide to Confronting Wicca and the Occult on
Helpful Score: 9
Complete and utter nonsense. I question the sanity of the author. Anyone wishing to buy this is probably just been led down the wrong path, so I won't belittle them. But I believe anyone who thinks Wicca is dangerous is already set in their ways, and buying a book won't change loving parent's minds.
In fact, if a parent knows the truth about Wicca, approximately 10 pages should have them rolling on the ground laughing.
This is utterly ridiculous. If I could give it no stars, I would.
This book was written by a christian who has absolutely no knowledge, accurate information, or even knows of anyone who actually practices Wicca. A total work of fiction. I feel very sorry for any kid who's parent(s) actually read this and try to talk to him/her about it. It just about promotes parental bullying as far as I'm concerned.
This is nothing more than a christian-written book created to cause total hysteria in christian parents and to keep them and their kids in the church pews and wallets open.
I have to wonder if these other reviewers read the book or if they know anything at all about Wicca. I personally am a 3rd degree high priestess in a lineaged tradition and I thought the author's description of Wicca was quite good; concise and informative without getting too bogged down in detail. In fact, I may incorporate part of the 1st chapter into my Wicca 101 classes!!
The fact that on the next page he says "but the Bible tells us that we shouldn't do any of that" does not say anything against Wicca or negate the accuracy of the description. IF you believe that what the Bible says is literal truth, then NO, you most certainly should not practice magic(k) or worship any Gods except your one.
The book then goes on to discuss how to let your kids know they shouldn't go to Wicca (talk to them) and share what you believe (again, talk to them) and keep track of what they are reading and doing (talk to them!) It's basically pretty common sense stuff that I can't see needing a book to tell you.
Overall: it's not a bad little book but I can't see that it's overly useful either (unless you need a brief overview for your Wicca 101 class). If you really want a detailed description of Wicca, go to the sources Russo quotes (Ravenwolf and Cunningham and I believe Buckland). It's NOT going to keep your kids away from Witchcraft - It doesn't give you one bad thing to say about it (other than the Bible says no) and if your kids don't know by now what you believe, maybe family therapy would be a better option than a $14 book.
Donna K. reviewed Protecting Your Teen from Today's Witchcraft: A Parent's Guide to Confronting Wicca and the Occult on + 9 more book reviews
Wicca, a form of Witchcraft, has an ever-increasing presence on high school campuses. Promising empowerment and the ability to control one's own destiny, this pagan religion is enticing coutless teens--including many in the church. If you're reading this, you're probably already aware of the danger Wicca holds: perhaps a teen close to you has even begun to dabble in the craft.
IS YOUR TEEN IN DANGER?
Protecting Your Teen from Today's Witchcraft gives parents the hard facts about Wicca, offers tips on recognizing its influence in a teen's life, and presents solid, practical advice for guiding kids in the right direction. Whether Wicca has already entered your home, or you're simply aware of the threat and want to be prepared, this book is for you.
This book is in excellent condition; looks brand new. Retail $13.99.