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Moon White
by Melody Carlson

Reviewed by Darcie Gudger

"...a shocking tale of 'what if', infused with eternal hope. Teens and parents must read and discuss this book."

Life is going wrong for Heather Sinclair. She’s in jeopardy of losing her boyfriend to the new hot girl in town, and getting jilted from a coveted role in an upcoming ballet performance. Her Christian friends pray to God when troubles pepper their lives, but that doesn’t seem to work very well. Heather wants to find something to give her more control. To make things go her way.

Sniffing candles in a novelty shop, Heather encounters a sales associate seeking new blood for occult practices. She’s intrigued when this woman named Willow, explains how specific scents can create success or romance in one’s life. Whipping out her wallet, Heather makes a few purchases.

Wicca seems to live up to the promises Willow made. Feeling empowered and in control, Heather shares this revelation with her Christian friends. Shock, then disgust washes over her friends. They cut off fellowship from her, labeling her a witch. Rejection from the people she believed would support her through this shoved her closer to destruction.

Heather attends a Wiccan conference in order to learn how to increase her magical powers and talk to dead people. Despite weird experiences and people who freak her out, her desire to make contact with her mother on the other side quells any fear.

When Heather finally makes coveted contact, her life is changed. Forever.

Moon White is my favorite Melody Carlson book to date. I work with teens – many of whom are seduced by pentagons, spirit guides, and bizarre looking men. Heather’s story, albeit fiction, can be found in many large youth groups across the country. Let’s be honest. Life sucks for teens today. Especially teens in public schools and urban environments.

“Where is God?”

“Does He even exist?”

“If God was real, why is there a war going on?”

The questions are endless. Christian kids face trials only imaginable in our worst nightmares.

“Why didn’t God fry that man before he raped me?”

“Why are my parents getting divorced?”

Being a Christian is hard. It’s not for the faint of heart and complete, utter surrender of control is what Jesus requires of us.

Moon White is a shocking tale of “what if”, infused with eternal hope. Teens and parents must read and discuss this book.

Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.