Over the past couple of years, I have witnessed a numerous number of people become involved with the religion of Wicca. In many case, there seems to be more interest in witchcraft than Christianity. I have always wondered what it is that attracts people to Wicca, so I snatched this book up when I saw it at the local library. What’s the Deal with Wicca is written for a teen-aged audience as teens (especially teen girls) are especially attracted to this religion. Russo does a fair job of explaining the practices of Wicca (which is kind of like nailing jello to the wall) and then presenting clearer Christian alternatives.
I did not learn much more about Wicca from this book than I did from engaging a good friend of mine who practices the religion. There were moments when I felt the author could have gone into a little more depth than he did, but I’m sure someone with little knowledge of the subject would find Russo’s treatment informative. I plan on writing about these subjects in a little more depth later on, but it is worth noting that Russo seems to agree with a conclusion I had made previous to reading this book. Much of the appeal to Wicca (and other new age faiths) seem to be based more on a rejection of Christianity rather than an acceptance of some of the far reaching claims these “faiths” make. This rejection of Christianity is based on several misunderstandings of Jesus’ teaching. Practitioners of Wicca seem to think they have found a better alternative to Christianity when it comes to several subjects, including; the status of women, the environment, and the enjoyment of sexual relations. It is my opinion that these assumptions are based in a misunderstanding of the Christian faith. I would also assert that, in many cases, Christians and the Church are to blame for these misconceptions. Again, I’ll try to write more on this later.
As far as What’s the Deal with Wicca is concerned, I would recommend it for someone with an interest in the subject. Specifically, if one is feeling drawn towards witchcraft (or has a child they suspect is involved with Wicca), they should read this book before any decisions are made. I would also recommend this book for any spiritually-seeking teens who are exploring different faiths.