Book Reviews

This year I will begin posting reviews of pagan/metaphysical/new age books that are on the market.  I’ll list them here on this page as well as on the home page.  Right now I don’t think I’ll have any predictable schedule for them . . . it might take me a little while to get through one of these books, haha!  That being said, review copies will take priority and any deadlines requested will be adhered to.

How do I evaluate the books I read?  I don’t have a hard-and-fast rules system, but here are a few guidelines I follow when rating a book:

Things that DO NOT influence the rating
Anything that is the responsibility of the publisher.  This includes things like book format, artwork, font choices, typos, etc. In general, these things are not controlled by the author, and I am more interested in things that the author does have control over.  I may include these things in the review to point out something I find troublesome, especially if I’m reading a review copy and the publisher will be reading the review, but I don’t take points off for these kinds of things.

Things that DO influence the rating
Anything controlled by the author.  This includes, but is not limited to: content, organization, how well an argument is supported, sources, etc.  I mostly look to see how well the author supports their argument, their style of writing, the organization of the book, and where the author gets their information from.  The last I consider to be very important.  If the author does not say where their information comes from, either from experience or other reliable sources, then I will almost definitely knock them down a star in the rating.  For example, if an author is going to use the origins and meanings of words, then I expect that they have done the research to find out the proper origin and meaning of that word.  If I find incorrect information, I will almost definitely knock the book down a star.

If I disagree with the content of the book, I will not give the book a low rating or take points off simply because I disagree.  I may mention what parts I disagree with, but simple disagreement or philosophical differences will never be the reason for a bad review.  I do my best to review books in an impartial manner, or at the very least not let my personal disagreements affect the review.

The page is updated as I post reviews, so keep checking back for updated information!

2012 Reviews
The Witches’ Goddess
by Janet and Stewart Farrar
X stars
2011 Reviews
The Witch’s Heart
by Christopher Penczak
5 stars
This guide tells you how to first build self-love and self-esteem, then use that energy to find a partner or rekindle the passion in your current relationship.
Psychic Tarot
by Nancy Antenucci and Melanie Howard
5 stars
Two respected tarot readers offer practical advice and guidance on reading tarot cards as well as exercises and principles for developing the psychic abilities within us all.
A Witch’s 10 Commandments
by Marian Singer
2.5 stars
Singer offers a close look at the ethics and morals of a pagan path. Using the Biblical 10 Commandments, Singer lays out the tenets behind living as a pagan.
by Alaric Albertsson
4 stars
In his second book about the Saxon path, Alaric Albertsson details the usages and meanings of the Anglo-Saxon runes. He describes Saxon beliefs and practices and what magic means in a modern Saxon context.
Defense Against the Dark
by Emily Carlin
3 stars
A guide for anyone, newbie or experienced, to create a magickal defense against all the things that go bump in the night. Includes descriptions of some of the dark creatures one might face.
Practical Protection Magick
by Ellen Dugan
4.5 stars
With her trademark humor and candor, best-selling author Ellen Dugan teaches how to weave safe and sensible protection magick into your Craft practice and daily life.