I picked this up as an introduction to paganism and it is perfect. It treats the reader with intelligence and is a good introduction to finding your own spiritual path whatever that might be. The writers are very non-judgemental and help you question your own beliefs and their origins. I would recommend it for a reader of any spiritual path. There are exercises and discussion sections within each chapter and I've used these to help keep a journal. I feel that each chapter is thoroughly researched and is grounded in critical thinking but without making it a heavy read at all. Some books like this are like wading through the unknown without a guide but I Joyce and River to be quiet houghtful guides throughout the book.