Monday, July 22, 2013

Historical Truths

I started reading-for the 2nd time-Mistress Bradstreet by Charlotte Gordon. Anne Bradstreet is probably best known for her poetry. Through it, she paints a vivid portrait of life in America in the 17th century. She was a respected leader, a responsible and loving mother of 8, and a Reformed puritan. Her fierce intellect in matters theological and feminine were not something to be trifled with. She had grown up in England at a time when those who rejected the government-sanctioned religion were being persecuted. Many of these persecuted puritans fled to America. Young Anne, with her husband, was one of them. I find the book thoroughly enjoyable and educational. It is also edifying to me to be reminded that the doctrines I hold to are the same doctrines that have been held by so many since the beginning of time.

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