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Title: 21st Century Wicca: A Young Witch's Guide to Living the Magical Life
Author: Jennifer Hunter
Format: Trade Paperback, 219 pages
Publisher: Citadel Press
Publication date: July 1997
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I will admit to a big bias about this book. I went to college with Jen. I am even in the book, although not mentioned by name. The part where she talks about the Jehovah's Witnesses who came knocking on the door as we were preparing for our Samhain Circle happened in my apartment. I also co-wrote one of the rituals she mentions.
I can tell you three things based on my familiarity with Jen to recommend this book.
One, she is a good writer. Even back in college she was getting published in several Pagan publications. When you read her stuff it is like having a conversation. Some authors, when you read them, come across like you are getting a lecture, but not Jen.
Two, she is very serious about the subject. I don't mean stuffy. I mean she really cares about Paganism in general and Wicca in specific. She is not a fluff bunny, and has many years of experience. Her knowledge is based on many years of very hard work. She has practiced both solitarily and as a member of a Gardnarian Coven, and has gathered many insights from a multitude of perspectives.
Three, she is good. I mean really good. I have not just attended rituals with her, but have co-led and written rituals with her. She is not an armchair Witch. She can back up her talk with actions. She has a real flair for ritual, and a deep understanding of what she is doing and why she is doing it. I think this comes across in her book as well.
As I admit, I am biased. But I will tell you this. It is rare that I have come across a book on Wicca that gets such a broad range of Wiccans, of all backgrounds and traditions, who praise it. I have heard only one or two opinions from people who really did not like this book. But I have heard dozens and dozens of people who just love it, and with good reason in my opinion.
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