Review: “Anne Bradstreet: Pilgrim and Poet”
Anne Bradstreet: Pilgrim and Poet
Evangelical Press, 2010, 176pp., paperback, £7.99
The record of a trying life in turbulent times, Faith Cook here weaves together an imaginatively-retold history of Anne Bradstreet. The subtitle accurately reflects the twin concerns of the book as Anne navigates from a childhood in England to married adulthood in the colonies of North America, wrestling not only with the peculiar difficulties of her pilgrimages of both body and soul, but also the challenges of being a poet in a day when – as a woman – her gift might very quickly have been despised and dismissed. We trace the workings of the providence that both gave her material for her poems and also brought them to public light, but Cook never loses sight of the greater trajectory of a godly woman bound for heaven. Historically insightful, personally engaging, and often deeply moving, the immediacy and earthiness of this biography might make it particularly interesting to other godly women, but it ought not to be considered a ‘woman’s book,’ for its tone and substance keep eternal realities and comforts before us to the profit of any reader.