Many of us Americans grew up hearing one side of the story of Thanksgiving in school, but I love how this book, Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving*, follows the journey that Squanto (Tisquantum) took and how he was prepared to bring two nations (the Wampanoags and the English colonists) together.
I also appreciate how the author, Eric Metaxas, includes the spiritual plight of the pilgrims as well. We would not have the Pilgrims if it were not for their deeply rooted faith in God.
I believe God’s hand was upon the settling of the Pilgrims in New England. They were a godly people who wanted to worship their Creator freely. Not all of the settlers were. The Wampanoag tribe welcomed these English colonists and made a treaty with them. Not all of the native tribes were as noble.
Though it’s true that much of the traditional Thanksgiving story has been embellished and changed over the years, there is documented proof that their was a shared meal and a treaty of peace.
Not all of the history of these joined nations, that we know as modern-day America, is good, but not all of it is bad either. This story is a ray of light, a bridge of hope built between two communities. I hope you and your children enjoy Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving* like we have.
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