Look who stopped by to say hello!!!

Good morning! I am so excited for our first ever guest blogger on Randomnessofluck.com

You may recognize her name from the last post…it’s none other than author of Diary of a teenage girl- becoming me….. Ms. Melody Carlson

Find out what all she had to say in a very timely manner and some exciting news about what’s coming up next for her.

Teens and Their Supernatural
Pursuits

By Melody Carlson

Have you even wondered why some teens are drawn toward
things like Ouija boards or psychics? Or why séances are still popular at
sleepovers? Does it just have to do with Halloween and that spine-chilling need
for a good scare? Or could it be something more? And, as a Christian, should
you be concerned?

Those
questions, as well as some confused reader letters, prompted me to tackle the
“supernatural” in one of my teen novels (Moon White, TrueColors, Nav Press).
And whenever I write an issues-based novel, I’m forced to research—and often in
some dark places. So I began scouring websites, learning more about Wicca and
the occult, trying to grasp what was really going on with today’s teens—and how
I could write about it in a helpful and relevant way.

But, as usual, when I write a teen
book, I go back to my own adolescence…trying to connect with my inner
teen…and I suddenly remembered a short era when a friend and I got very
interested in witchcraft. I had honestly forgotten about this time and was
fascinated to recall how we scoured some witchcraft stores on a local campus—I
think we even purchased a few things. Fortunately, this interest was
short-lived and I became a Christian not long afterward.

However, as
I reconnected with my inner teen, I had to ask myself—why had I looked into witchcraft back then? Why do teens dabble with it now? Suddenly the answer became crystal
clear. I was searching. I’d been
calling myself an atheist for several years by then, but I was spiritually
hungry—starving in fact. Consequently I was looking for spiritual
answers—something that would fill that empty void within me. I wanted a
supernatural force in my life and I didn’t even care where it came from. I
needed something bigger than me, more powerful than me, something to hold onto.
I had no idea at the time that I was really searching for God.

This realization changed the way I viewed my research. Instead of feeling disgusted
and dismayed by the witchcraft/Wicca sites (which are not particularly
enjoyable) I began to recognize that these people (mostly girls) were simply
searching too. They wanted a power source in their lives just like I wanted one
in mine. They just hadn’t found God yet.

This led to
another discovery. A girl who’s attracted to a religion like Wicca is usually
seeking to gain some control over her
life. Something is wrong and she wants to change it. To do so, she’s often
enticed to purchase something—like “magical herbs”—to create a potion that will
give her some control over her situation. Unfortunately, she doesn’t even
realize she’s being tricked.

But think
about it, wouldn’t you love to have control over a bad situation sometimes? Wouldn’t
you love to be able to change the circumstances that make your life unpleasant?
So what if someone offered you the “power” to do just that? Perhaps if you’re
fifteen, you wouldn’t see that person as a charlatan and you would fall for it.

Which
brings me to another important factor in understanding this generation’s
attraction to the supernatural. Follow
the money.
The more I researched, the more it became painfully obvious that
Wicca and witchcraft and the occult are money-making enterprises. Thanks to the
internet, these savvy distributors sell anything imaginable—and many things you
can’t. That leads to some serious motivation—these marketers want to hook their
unsuspecting young customers and reel them in. Of course, these potions and
trinkets and how-to books don’t come with a money back guaranty. Nor are they
approved by the FDA. Yet they are a multi-million dollar industry.

So, in a
way, it’s a perfect storm. Teens that are insecure, lost, unhappy, and
searching…meet up with an unregulated industry that offers supernatural answers and power and
control…for a price. And, oh yeah, I never even mentioned how this opens a
door for Satan to slip in and wreak havoc. For that…you’ll have to read the
book.

Melody

I have got to say…with Halloween just around the corner…it seems pretty creepy but very intriguing. I truly appreciate your heart Ms. Carlson in sharing what you walked through as a teen and the answers you were seeking. I think Moon White sounds not only intriguing but very timely as well. I apprecite your heart and your voice to not only teens but parents as well. Once again, thank you for taking time to stop by today and to share your heart, as well as the story behind your latest project. I know I fort one, can’t wait to read it!

What about you??

Have you read anything by her before? If not, I highly recommed for you to do so…she is a tremendously talented author and one that I am so glad is quickly becoming a favorite on my bookshelf!

Until next time,

See ya on the Random Side,

Aj Luck

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