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« Topic Start: July 12, 2009, 12:47:29 am »

I have just bought this book (well paid for the P&P, someone wanted to get rid of some books on another forum I'm on) and have only had a quick flick through it but it seems to give a farely good, if brief, overview of some of the different Pagan traditions. Confirmed my belief that I am a Eclectic Pagan  Tongue but has also given me some inspiration into which spacific paths I want to read up on.
Just wondered what other people thought of his book and if they would recommend any other books of his (if he has any others... I assume so!)
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« Reply #1: July 12, 2009, 04:23:28 am »

I have just bought this book (well paid for the P&P, someone wanted to get rid of some books on another forum I'm on) and have only had a quick flick through it but it seems to give a farely good, if brief, overview of some of the different Pagan traditions. Confirmed my belief that I am a Eclectic Pagan  Tongue but has also given me some inspiration into which spacific paths I want to read up on.
Just wondered what other people thought of his book and if they would recommend any other books of his (if he has any others... I assume so!)

The description from the publisher (on Amazon.com) makes it sound a little monomyth-y:

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Paganism, which has its roots in the ancient nature religions, is one of the fastest growing movements in the West today. As such, it is a collection of “spiritual paths” that express their beliefs in subtly different ways, explored here in this illuminating guide. Discover the natural beliefs and practices of Wicca, Hedgewitch traditions, Druidry, Shamanism, Asatru, Mystery Groups, and Eclectic Paganism—as well as the Pagan approach to magic and the significance of sacred lives. Learn how to lead a Pagan lifestyle, and explore the growing role of Paganism in today’s world. Whether you’re setting out on a Pagan path for the first time, or have been committed to one for many years, this informative book will help you in expressing your own beliefs and understanding those of others.

What the hell's a "pagan lifestyle"?  Especially as it applies to all the faiths this book claims to cover?  Of course, publisher descriptions aren't always terribly accurate.  Can you give us a general idea of how it describes Shamanism and Asatru?

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« Reply #2: July 12, 2009, 11:42:06 am »

I have just bought this book (well paid for the P&P, someone wanted to get rid of some books on another forum I'm on) and have only had a quick flick through it but it seems to give a farely good, if brief, overview of some of the different Pagan traditions. Confirmed my belief that I am a Eclectic Pagan  Tongue but has also given me some inspiration into which spacific paths I want to read up on.
Just wondered what other people thought of his book and if they would recommend any other books of his (if he has any others... I assume so!)

The copy that I have was printed in 2002, but reading it, I thought it was printed earlier. To be honest I wasn't that impressed with it. Even though I only read it a couple months ago, I don't recall much of it. Most of the information (to me) seemed very watered down, almost like the author didn't want to stir up any controversy with it... white light and rainbows type writing. *shrug*

I seem to remember sweeping "All pagans believe...." type statements in it, but like I said, nothing in it really stuck with me, and to be honest I'm not going to read it again. I also seem to remember blatant errors... *thinks*By the time I finished it, I was disappointed in it, and glad I got it at a used bookstore. I wouldn't recommend it myself, but someone else may get something out of reading it.

Just my two coppers, and YMMV!  Smiley
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