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Friday, November 10, 2006

 

A Review Of Puritan Adventure By Louis Lenski

- By Frederick Meekins

In many Evangelical Christian circles, the time of the Puritans is looked back upon almost as a golden age in American History. However, upon reading Puritan Adventure by Lois Lenski, most will conclude that, while the period might be a nice place to visit, they wouldn't want to live there.

Puritan Adventure centers around the widowed Charity Cummings coming to the Massachusetts Bay Colony to live with her sister's family. Unaccustomed to the more austere New England life, she serves as a colorful foil through which to view the nuances and complexities of colonial Puritan existence.

Noted for speaking her mind and for what to the Puritans seems her flamboyant mode of dress, Charity becomes a bit of a thorn in the side of community authorities. Charity's more easy-going nature is contrasted throughout the story with the sterner outlook of a number of the Puritan settlers, particularly the so-called "Tithing Men" charged with the business of getting into other people's business in the name of proper behavior and decorum...................................
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