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Trade Paperback
224 pages
Sep 2005
Bethany House

Protecting Your Teen from Today's Witchcraft: A Parent's Guide to Confronting Wicca and the Occult

by Steve Russo

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One of the camp counselors fled the bonfire upset. A quiet, pretty woman she had been involved in witchcraft before becoming a Christian. She had seen Satan's face in the bonfire and an immense migraine attacked her. After a couple of days, she recovered, but she shared with the other counselors the toll witchcraft had taken on her life. This was thirty years ago.

In Protecting Your Teen from Today's Witchcraft, Steve Russo shares that teen involvement in witchcraft, Wicca, and the occult have increased drastically since then, even inside the church. In a friendly informative style, Russo describes the eclectic, do-it-yourself witchcraft popular with teens today which makes it so hard to pin down. He takes parents into the world of today's teens, explains the trends and appeal of witchcraft, which include the environmentally friendly philosophy, the absence of judgment and absolutes, the appeal to a feminine deity, and the welcomeness of choosing what you want to believe and do. He even shows that some teens are trying to combine Christianity and witchcraft.

For those uncertain of the teachings of Christianity, Russo provides an apologetic of basic Christian doctrine. A couple of valuable parts in the book are the warning signs of involvement in witchcraft and the chapter on protecting your teens. Russo advocates active, involved parenting.

His appendices include information on witchcraft, symbols, holidays, a quick comparison guide of Christianity and witchcraft, and an extensive glossary of terms.

Russo, a former entertainer, now speaks around the country on youth issues, hosts a radio talk show, and cohosts Focus on the Family's "Life on the Edge Live!" He has written ten books. Russo writes in an informative, friendly style that includes anecdotes. The book has some really good points: its level of information, its call for parents to surrender their lives to Christ, the explanation of Christian beliefs, the call for active parenting, the rescue tips, and the conclusion on protecting your teens.

However, Russo repeats himself on certain points several times, such as witchcraft's freedom to choose what you want to believe and in some aspects of the descriptions of Christian beliefs. His focus is split between directly addressing those involved in witchcraft and concerned parents, which can be a little disorienting. Separate books might better meet the needs of separate audiences. At times, he falls into "Christianese" that he warns parents against.

In spite of a few minor problems, this is a good and helpful book, though somewhat misnamed. The thrust of the book informs about witchcraft and Christianity more than it offers practical tips. The tips are good but come at the end. That said, I would not hesitate to give it to parents fearing a child might be involved in witchcraft. Russo offers good eye-opening information which should shake up those of us who are too certain our good Christian kids could never be involved in witchcraft or the occult. --Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Discover what’s bewitching today’s teens

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 countless 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.

Learn the truth to protect your teen