Saturday, July 7, 2012

Christian Review: The Witch of Blackbird Pond~ Elizabeth George Speare

First off, don't be turned away by the book's title! I had my hesitations of it at first but this is another "Don't judge a book by it's cover (or title)."

For Katherine Tyler, life changed drastically when she had to leave her paradise of Barbados Island with its sparkling turquoise bay and the freedoms it allowed a young woman of her day.  Unexpected and unwanted, Katherine must learn to adapt to the strict rules of dull, religious, stoic Wethersfield Village. But that won't be easy since she has brought all her seemingly barbaric customs with her.

But hope is yet near for Katherine as she finds a kindred spirit in the shunned company of old Hannah, a supposed witch who lives alone. Though her relatives do not understand her and are even cautious of her, Katherine tries to bring joy into the lives of her aunt and cousins and attempts to understand their way of life.

Katherine finds comfort in being able to teach in the Wethersfield school alongside her cousin, but the town is soon stirred up by Katherine's activities with the children and her association with Hannah. Her relationship with her family is threatened, as is her new courtship with respectable William Ashby as the town actually accuses her of witchcraft!

Lots of discussion can be taken from this book as I do not agree with everything in it, but it is entertaining, well written and gives the reader a better perspective into the way we too often let rumors and false accusations form our opinion of others, robbing ourselves of potentially enriching relationships.

Indecency: None unless you consider mild flirting.
Violence: Minor. Talk of women being hung and burned. A character is sentenced to death. Houses burned.
Language: None
Age Interest: 15-18


Layla and Josiah said...

I am 10 & I Love this book! I highly reccomend it!

karen lam said...

Excerpts from "Quakers: Evil Spirits in Colonial America" @

The Witch of Blackbird Pond is malicious anti-Christian propaganda. It is written with open contempt for God-fearing Christians.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond is set in 1687 and tells the story of a young girl, Kit, who leaves Barbados for a colony in Connecticut. There in Wethersfield - a Puritan community - Kit rebels against all the Puritan beliefs and customs. She befriends an old Quaker woman known as the witch of Blackbird Pond and, as a result, is accused of witchcraft.

The Quakers were colonial hippies preaching peace and inner light.

Quakers and 60s hippies shared the quest for altered states of consciousness - the "inner light." Hippies often sought the "inner light" using techniques intended to achieve altered states of consciousness: drugs, color lights, and music - including dance. Quakers and hippies were led into trances and other demonic manifestations.

Naturally, the Puritans were protective of their Christian colonies. They founded their own colonies so they could live in peace and protect their children from wicked influences. More important, they founded their own colonies as a government based on the Bible. In other words, they wanted to live with other Puritans who sought to live in a Bible commonwealth. They wanted an orderly society obedient to God's will. So, when Quakers infiltrated and actively tried to destroy their peaceful communities, they sought to drive them out.

Puritans came to Massachusetts and other New England colonies to establish religious liberty for themselves, not to establish an ideal of toleration for all religions.

Unquestionably, the Quakers were a demonic cult determined to disrupt and destroy Puritan colonies seeking to establish a Bible commonwealth.

Do you see how this anti-establishment book written in 1958 possibly helped foster the anti-establishment and anti-Christian hippie movement of the 1960s? And can you see how this anti-establishment book fosters the rebellion of youth today against Christianity? Secularists love this book because it indoctrinates youth with anti-Christian propaganda.

Rebellion...rebellion...rebellion...echoes from page to page.

Elizabeth George Speare wrote with a poisoned pen to corrupt youth with contempt for the early God-fearing Puritans...and contempt for all Bible-believing Christians.

Read the complete article "Quakers: Evil Spirits in Colonial America" @

Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.
Liberty Advocate