From the Cauldron to the Cross by Shari Hadley

From the Cauldron to the CrossHadley, Shari.  From the Cauldron to the Cross: My Journey from Wiccan to Christian.  Enumclaw: WinePress Publishing, 2012.  204 pp.  $17.99.  Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for less.

Introduction

From the back of the book:

Shari Y.S. Hadley, MSW, LCSW was raised in the beautiful Ozarks Mountain Country of Southwest Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Southwest Baptist University and a Master of Social Work from Missouri State University. She is a licensed clinical social worker and works as a hospice social worker and as the bereavement coordinator for Citizens Memorial Healthcare Hospice. Shari also teaches at Bolivar Technical College and is an accomplished public speaker. Shari is a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and National Association of Christian Social Workers (NACSW). She is working toward her Fellow in Thanatology.

You can find out more at her website.

Summary

In Cauldron to the Cross, Shari shares her own story of how the Lord led her out of the occult into His loving arms of genuine redemption.  Along the way, she shares the often painful details of what she endured as she sought to fill the emptiness inside.  While she still wrestles with  many questions, she now has found fulfillment in Christ.  She did not have a “Damascus Road Experience” so to speak where she at once renounced her former way of life and was born again there on the spot.  Rather, her coming to faith was more a process than an experience.  In the end, she learned to trust Christ for her everything.

Review

This autobiography is riveting.  Shari holds nothing back as she shares her story.  I do question her influences (not that I question whether she was influenced by) as being biblically substantiated in their respective ministries.  Dr. Neil T. Anderson, the founder of Freedom in Christ Ministries has come under fire for his teachings on sin and bondage to sin.  Joyce Meyer, another “recommended author” is a well-known prosperity teacher espousing what is commonly called the health and wealth gospel wherein God wants supposedly wants you to be both healthy and rich in this life.

While Shari’s biography is subjective by its vary nature, I would be cautious with the finer details of her theology and breaking the bonds of sin.  Yes, she talks of Christ and the Cross, but she also gives much credit to those teachers whose teachings are questionable at best.  Regardless, in this fallen world, we must be able to accept that even with bad theology, the Lord will save men and women from their sin.

Recommendation

If you know someone in the occult, specifically, Wicca, then this may be a good read for you.  Regardless, as you read, you must be discerning to understand that not everything Shari now espouses is rooted in sound application of Scriptural truths.