Book Review

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving so I thought I would share one of my all-time favorite books that I read…re-read…and re-read again at this time of year:

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick


*Abridged version (and less expensive) –> The Mayflower and the Pilgrims’ New World by Nathaniel Philbrick *

In today’s world, there is so much “PC” ingrained in our culture that I’m not really certain what our children are being taught about Thanksgiving. I’m fairly certain that my children know very little about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims. I’ll talk more about how I celebrate Thanksgiving in tomorrow’s blog, but I do want to give you a sneak peek why this book is such a part of my family tradition.

Each year, I read from this book to those gathered around my table. Sometimes I have guests re-enact different parts of the journey (yes…I actually type up scripts for them). It puzzles me why my children don’t know more about all of this since they have clearly been a part of my Thanksgiving celebrations for the past 14 and 18 years. Perhaps because the original holiday is not “PC” and, for many people, it has changed to a day where we celebrate our blessings rather than God’s blessings. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I do like to reflect on the origins of the holiday. Those origins center on God, faith, and the right to worship as we see fit. I’d hate to see that lost on the younger generation so I do encourage you to consider reading this book (or any others about the Pilgrims…incorporate it into your discussion at the gathering tomorrow).

This book is wonderfully written and, for any of you curious or who would like to integrate a bit of history into your celebration tomorrow, I encourage you to buy the eBook and peruse it. You will be inspired by the wonderful narrative about the Pilgrims life before leaving England, their terrible journey across the Atlantic, and their initial days of suffering in the New World.

Nathaniel Philbrick writes with a great flare for details based upon historical fact. And while considered non-fiction, it reads like an action-packed fiction novel.

As a direct descendant of Native Americans that lived on the East Coast, I am well aware that the arrival of the Pilgrims and other settlers changed the history of the indigenous people. It changed the lives of my ancestors, too. Still, I am proud to share the history of the holiday with my friends and family. Sometimes being “PC” is just too exhausting, isn’t it?

Well, I’ll be anxious to hear if any of you pick up a copy. This truly is one of my favorite books in my reading library.

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