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A True Value-Changer
on 30 March 2011
When one first hears the word 'Satanist' or 'Satanism', the instant thought of this 'man wearing a spiked-choker', and 'sacrificing several men in order to satisfy Satan' appears. I too had this thought, before I purchased this book.
LaVey is wise in his quick effort to point out that Satanism is hugely against pretty much everything that it is generally said to believe. At times it seemed like it was reading my life, and exactly the way that I do things, with emotional-attachment to the situation as well. There was one unnerving bit when he refers to the destructive side of Satanism, but I won't spoil.
When you -first- venture into the mind of LaVey, you begin to see such elegant levels of logic unfold. When I received it, I was delighted to learn that it was actually a fairly lengthy book (see pictures attached to the image-thumbnail at top), and not some rip-off that would give only a few paragraphs of useful information.
This book is the opposite. Worth the money, and it -is- a value-changer. It is pointed out that this book has changed lives before from the pure truth and philosophy in it. Naturally, I was a bit sceptical of this; however after reading the full book, I can say for a fact that I do look at things differently.
It does not teach what you would think 'Satanism' would be about from how Christianity has defined it over the years. To be completely honest- For the most part of the book, you could just hide the cover of the book, and it'd just be a pure book of brilliant observations based on the human way of living.
My only criticisms for this book would be regarding the content about 60% of the way through. Once you reach about 60% of the way through the book, it does seem to stray a bit from logic and lean a bit more towards the way of rituals with altars, et cetera. Being honest- I'd say that this is really the only thing I can think of that was disheartening.
Also- A warning- This book, especially towards the start has a very, very diverse vocabulary. I found myself reaching for the dictionary on several occasions. Though saying that- It only expanded my own vocabulary.