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on 11 February 2014
Well, if you're looking for a decent Pagan handbook head to books like "living as a pagan in the 21st century" by Vivianne Crowley, or Pagan Paths by Pete Jennings (was head of the Pagan Federation)' or something similar. This is Not a good book on the subject. The very Alexandrian "witches bible" gives a more rounded pagan view than this book.
I agree with Cal, and if this then gains a vitriolic response from the author as that review did that he/she is a fundamentalist then so be it! I've only been pagan for about 18 years and not written a book on my personal path so may be termed a fundamental Christian by said author.
Far too much of this book is aimed at spewing hate at Christianity. I don't disagree with a number of points, but this is supposed to be a Pagan handbook, something to help people be Pagan. A requirement of paganism is not to despise Christianity, after all, all faiths head to the same point, they all teach something, and whether you agree with Christianity or not, I don't believe anyone searching along their path needs some of the pages and pages of Christian bashing that goes on here. The space would have been better taken up with explaining different paths within the pagan framework - something sadly lacking here.
Rather than being called a "pagan handbook" it would have better entitled "my version of a pagan path which includes a lot of witchcraft handbook"
This book does nothing to help a new pagan, the incredibly lengthy self initiation ritual which is noted as being preferably done naked - this is a Wiccan style initiation. There is NO, and I reiterate this - NO requirement for self or group initiation into Paganism,unless you so choose to do so. If you believe in the basic concepts paganism has then you are Pagan - simple as that.
The author of this book has made no attempt to discuss any pagan practice outside of what he does himself, it's quite narrow in what it discusses. I won't go into detail about what is missed out because this review would end up longer than the book. But please be assured if you are looking for a decent book on paganism this is not it, it's honestly not worth the £2 I paid for it through kindle. It's definitely not worth the paperback price.