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"While this book will not teach you how to be a Pagan, it will help you decide if this is the spiritual path you have been seeking."
--Mary Gelfand, Ph.D
Former President, CUUPS
 
 
Reviews

Editorial Reviews for Pagan Spirituality:
Library Journal

Editorial Reviews for Paganism:
Publishers Weekly
Library Journal

Editorial Reviews for Pagan Spirituality:

Library Journal
Joyce and River Higginbotham are the authors of Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions, noted leaders of many pagan events in the Midwest, and arguably modern neopaganism's most accessible and appealing advocates. Where their earlier book was a very capable introduction to the many styles of contemporary paganism, this work is a guide to individual progress in pagan spirituality, including many questions for thought, visualizations, and other exercises. Both a heady and a practical guide that should prove valuable to many readers. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Editorial Reviews for Paganism:

Publishers Weekly
Most pagan primers jump right into the seasonal calendar, Celtic strands, pentagrams, spell casting and the like. True to form, this offers a judicious overview of the calendar and the general characteristics and essentials of Paganism as the Higginbothams see it interconnectedness and blessedness. To their credit, though, the authors have crafted a very different kind of book, one of great spiritual depth that could be of genuine and lasting service to anyone who is interested in sorting out the whats and whys of belief. Early on, they outline the "big tent" of Paganism that shelters a dozen or more passageways (Wicca, Druidism, Shamanism, Santer¡a, etc.), comparing it to Christianity and its popular denominations (Methodist, Roman Catholic, etc.). Throughout, they employ calm and rational prose that seeks not to proselytize as much as to aid discernment, making good on the authors' claim that, "Whether or not you decide to be a Pagan once you finish [the book] is not as important as providing you with tools to help you identify your values and goals." The seven chapters are nicely paced with illustrations, diagrams, visualization exercises, discussion points and journal prompts, all of which can be used by individuals or groups. The authors tackle the charge of Satanism head-on with success, but even more progressively (and clearly) they weave new discoveries in physics into the life fabric of belief and action. The final chapter explores ethics, and similar to the others, serves the broadest common good.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Library Journal
The founders of both a pagan church and the Council for Alternative Spiritual Traditions, the Higginbothams here offer an overview of the belief systems comprising neopaganism. Included in the discussion are Wicca, Shamanism, Asatru, Celtic traditionalism, Druidism, Santeria, Voodoo, and other forms prevalent in paganism today. The authors proceed from central concepts of interconnectedness and blessedness, to a definition of neopaganism and a discussion of personal responsibility for one's beliefs, to concepts of Deity, Satan, the living universe, "magick," and ethics. The format is similar to that of many self-help books, with text, diagrams, discussion questions, and meditation exercises. This clear, rational, and sympathetic introduction to neopaganism for nonpagans will be helpful to all readers interested in exploring their spirituality. This first book by the Higginbothams complements existing introductions, such as Margot Adler's Drawing Down the Moon and Graham Harvey's Contemporary Paganism: Listening People, Speaking Earth, at least one of which libraries should already have. Recommended for public and undergraduate libraries and for religion collections.
William P. Collins, Library of Congress
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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