While Psychic Self-Defense was an excellent book, I believe that Practical Protection Magick is a fantastic alternative who would find Fortune's work hard to stomach - which is why I would recommend this book first.
As always, Ellen's tone is down-to-earth, and she makes what can be an oh-so-serious subject fun, and she keeps the mood light-hearted - otherwise everything is very matter-of-fact, and she doesn't try to scare the reader. She covers everything from psychic awareness, to recognizing a psychic attack, hauntings; how to recognize emotional and psychic vampires, along with both simple (and more complex) rituals as well all kinds of brilliant ideas for effective protection magic. I also like the fact that she included chapters on physical health, and how that ties into your spiritual health and how it affects your spell-casting as well as defend yourself from negative energy.
I really love how this book progresses, starting out with the basics and slowly adding on, which is helpful when building a solid foundation in Witchcraft, especially when dealing with something like psychic self-defense and protection magic.
The book is broken down like this:
The author starts out by talking about psychic awareness, and how to recognize your own psychic gifts. There are four quizzes for each area, for areas such as clairaudience, clairvoyance, empathy, and intuition - the quizzes aren't long and detailed, but short and sweet and give you a fairly good idea where you're at psychically. She then goes on to lists not only the strengths of each ability, but she also talks about the weakness of each ability. At the end of this chapter she includes a simple spell to enhance your abilities.
I thought this was an excellent idea, because it allows you to recognize how you 'receive' psychic information, as well as how to enhance it so you can recognize what kind of energy is directed toward you.
Chapter two starts out with another quiz, to allow you to assess where you are with your craft and how your personality and/or geographical location, as well as personal experience. She then goes further, talking about what a psychic attack is, and what would motivate someone to 'psychically' attack someone; and what the symptoms are if you suspect that you are under such an attack. There is also a fantastic bit on ghosts and how to handle them.
Chapters three and four deal with both emotional and psychic vampires, how to recognize them, and what you should do if you happen to encounter one. There is a small bit at the end of chapter four where she goes into why psychic shielding alone is usually not enough, especially when dealing with vampires.
Chapter five deals exclusively with physical fitness, and how it relates to spiritual 'fitness', and how to the two interconnect -
she includes some self-healing rituals to help with both physical and psychic fitness.
The last couple of chapters deal with warding, creating enchanted items to protect your home (such as brooms, wreaths, and hex signs), charging them, which includes a small bit on gargoyles and protective symbols and how you can use those to further protect your home. There is also information on curses and hexes, how to recognize them, the cost of casting one; and how to get rid of them. The last part deal with correspondences for herbs, crystals, and colors to use in your protection rituals; as well as deities you can call on and how to work with different phases of the moon concerning protection rituals/spells.
And that's only the tip of the iceberg!
In closing I know that some people may disagree with this statement, but I think that this book could easily replace Psychic Self-Defense by just the sheer amount of detail in this book - it's not only practical but the amount of detail is amazing.
I highly recommend it.