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This review is from: Secrets of Sacred Space: Discover and Create Places of Power (Paperback)
This is a book that has had me scratching my head in trying to work out how to write a balanced review. I am always reticent to write a more negative review, as I recognize how much authors invest of themselves in a work. It is well written, and well explained, assuming a very base level knowledge. Some may say this was a dumbed-down approach, but it is helpful for anyone not familiar with the themes of the book, and etymologies of keywords are consistently supplied.
The book is written as a handbook for interpreting ancient monuments, and understanding the nuances that help them to function as sacred spaces. The author draws on many ancient monuments, British, European, and several North American monuments - for those largely familiar with European, and pyramid cultures this is a refreshing inclusion. He also cites several of his own impressive projects, giving extensive account of how they were made...
The book appeals to me as a gardener wishing to incorporate sacred space into my gardening, and as a scholar of different beliefs, especially of those relating to ancient monuments. It is a largely enjoyable read, though the latter third of the book becomes frighteningly like a maths textbook in explaining alignments. For those already inclined towards belief that could be classified as 'new age', this will be a good read, but I feel that many will take issue with much that Chuck Pettis writes.