It's one thing to read a book by one author and quite another to hear so many voices calling out from the pages with so many variations on a theme. But variety really is the spice of Paganism 101 and it's captured perfectly in three main sections of Who we are, What we believe and What we do. I must confess to jumping to the Witch and Magic chapters first, before reading the rest but such is the luxury of a book so well structured!
I was surprised by the Christo-Pagan chapter, as it reflected many shades of my own beliefs that I hadn't really acknowledged. Having always shied away from the orthodox church and yet feeling a tremendous pull to a local 6th chapel - where I spend a lot of time - it helped to put into perspective, ideas and thoughts which resonated with my own.
I loved Shirley Laboucane's contribution in the chapter on Healing... what a truly spiritual lady. In fact, each and every writer conveys their own spirituality through the lens of Paganism, uniquely. Such heartfelt words are inspirational and cannot help but reach out, touch the reader and stay with them. The magic of a truly natural life path will do that. And so impressed was I by many of the writers, I will be heading in the direction of their own books (listed )on the subject for sure.
I recommend this wonderful book to all explorers of Paganism, first timers and old timers, there's something for all. As an introduction, it's both comprehensive and interesting. As a sourcebook it has enough material to expand upon should the seeker be looking for further insight and knowledge.
I shall certainly be passing it on to my own students and anyone else who shows an inkling of Paganistic tendencies. There are many, even if they don't know it yet... and this book could just be the catalyst they need.
Well done to Moon Books. Here comes a best seller!