This is a great and necessary book. I challenge anyone who is interested in New Age philosophies to read this. Though there are some truths and helpful practices in the New Age movement, much is also left out and ignored. There is a lot use of "spirituality" to avoid the realities of our very necessary healthy human emotions and the realities of the world. There is often a bypassing of Life, and many people have been harmed by this. As humans we NEED our emotions, the pleasant and the unpleasant, to help us navigate life. Fear keeps us safe, anger helps us to know when our boundaries are being crossed, sadness tells us when we are being hurt. These are all necessary and healthy, just as much as "joy" and "peace" are. Have you ever known anyone who claims to only feel joy? They are as difficult to be around as someone who is always sad. One wonders what they are hiding in their shadow, because the other emotions have to be there, since they are human.
Monica tells her own story of her and her son's interest in New Age practices, and the reality of what ensued. She also does a huge amount of research in trying to sort through and understand many, many popular and spiritual practices and beliefs and their history. The history of the obsession with "white light," with white being goodness and darkness being undesirable is very, very interesting.
Anyone who has tried to use New Age practices after a real trauma, or when memories of the trauma continue to surface, and then not known how to deal with the emotions which refuse to be "let go" will relate to this.
Monica's spirituality is the spirituality of returning to Goddess, but anyone can relate to most of this book.