by Berit Kjos
A review of this mystical book series for children and youth
Halloween comes and goes, but the Ga’Hoole owls — with their legends, divination, ghosts, and “hagsfiends” — call for an all-year warning. These guardians fit right into the world’s history of pagan myths and mystical “seers,” and their adventures make their occult suggestions all the more alluring to young readers.
Like our world’s mythical tales, the owls’ treasured ‘legends’ involve spiritism, magic, murder, and hope-filled illusions. And like today’s ‘New Spirituality,’ their beliefs are twisted into enticing heresies that match ‘human’ cravings and mock God’s truths.
Since this book series is full of references to “Glaux” (the name of their god), some readers may even equate these “noble” tales with Christian parables. Without faith in God’s Word and knowledge of His warnings, few are prepared to discern the deceptions. Enticed by the dark, scary thrills, many will gladly accept the lies.
A glimpse of the storyline
Soren, a newly hatched Barn Owl, would soon face plenty of challenges to his faith, life, and liberty. Even before he could fly, he was pushed from his nest by his older brother, Kludd, who planned to kill him as part of a ritual requirement for initiation into the league of the “Pure Ones.” Soren survived the fall, but was quickly abducted by cruel strangers skilled in mind-dulling brainwashing (“moon blinking”) of fledgling owls.
Soren and his best friend escaped and eventually found their way to the great Ga’Hoole tree and its enlightened community of owls. But foes like Kludd and his mate, Nyra, continue to shatter their peace. Kludd’s gifted son Nyroc (who changes his name to Coryn) escapes his parents and the murderous Pure Ones. His exceptional psychic powers lead to amazing victories for the Ga’Hoole community.
Meanwhile, the captivated reader becomes more and more familiar with the dark forces behind those mystical triumphs. Evil seems increasingly normal, while God’s timeless warnings are dismissed as old-fashioned and intolerant:
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness…. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21
It’s easy for readers to identify with these fictional owls. Their values, rituals and relationships fit right into the multicultural training in American schools today. In today’s post-Christian world, God’s unchanging Truth has been twisted into enticing deviations that reflect both our changing times and our human inclinations. No doubt Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter books as well as The Guardians of Ga’Hoole, had something to do with the “timely” message of the books. Click here to read more.
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