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Cosmic Dancer recommends

Pagan book recommendations from Cosmic Dancer.

John Awen: Summerlands Pagan Death and Rebirth 2016

A very good book. Death as the author says is a taboo subject in today’s world, but the author manages to make it easier to talk about through this book. Making death seem not as morbid and dark as some would have you believe. It is something that will come to us all and this book makes it a little easier to understand and to not be as scared about, Well worth a read.

More about the book here – http://www.greenmagicpublishing.com/Products/Details/234

 

John Awen: Journey to the Summerlands. 2015

This is a brilliant short book that helps you understand the passing on from this world to the next, having had some bad news myself this book offers some comfort, as though the author was there chatting to me, and his description of being on a train and each stage of life is like getting off at a station, then as we pass to the next stage, getting back on the train, is brilliant, cannot recommend this enough.

More about the book here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Journey-Summerlands-John-Awen/dp/1512212520

 

Anna Franklin: Hearth Witch

5 stars in no way near enough for this book. I was gifted this, and I found it so hard to put down, it’s not often you find a book like this  that gives such detail, easy to understand follow, whether you are new to this path or have been on this a while, it’s an invaluable  reference book to have in your collection, the recipes are just great, and before I knew it I was out gathering things to try for myself, a highly recommended read, I cannot wait to collect the other books Anna has written.

More about the book here – http://annafranklin.webplus.net/page29.html

 

Deborah J Martin: Herbs  Medicinal Magical Marvellous

This is just the type of book I’m looking for, not only does it list the herbs, but also gives the Latin name too, then it goes on to say what you can use each one for, medicinal and therapeutic what element that represent, and whether male or female, for someone who wants to make fresh incense this is a great book to use alongside your workings. Such a shame I cannot give it more than five stars.

(Editor’s note, Cosmic Dancer also reviews on Amazon, where of course stars are finite….)

More about the book here – http://www.moon-books.net/books/herbs-medicinal-magical-marvelous

Cosmic Dancer reviews the Druids

A Legacy of Druids, by Ellen Evert Hopman

A fascinating book that will lead to discussions, a lot of the posts by Druids I don’t agree with (as a Druid myself), but is that not the point of this type of book? To read it and then discuss the points with other readers? I did struggle with the American contributors as I struggled getting to grips with making it more of an organised religion with people being ordained and such but that’s my opinion. I think this is a book that if discussed at local moots would lead to a good night of debate and conversation. A book well worth a read even if it’s just to see if what the contributors were hoping for years ago has come to pass(and some have).All in all I enjoyed it and whether I agree with the pieces or not I respect all those that contributed to it. I do recommend it.

 

Spirituality without Structure, By Nimue Brown

Even though it is only a small book, it contains such a wealth of information and insight that it makes you question yourself, which as a Druid is always a good thing. When you question your belief you stop taking it for granted. I also found myself agreeing with a lot of the content and finding that my belief is not a million miles away from hers.
If you are thinking of leaving the mainstream religions or have left and are in a bit of a panic then this book is for you (it also mentions cake).

 

 

Let’s Talk About Elements and the Pagan Wheel, by Siusaidh Ceanadach

It is mainly aimed at children , but I do feel that adults will enjoy it just as much. Each section has some questions and challenges set for children. A must read for all children, who wish to learn more, I’m sure they will come back to it time and time again.

 

 

 

The Handbook of Urban Druidry, by Brendan Howlin

As an Urban Druid myself I can agree with most of the things that he says in this book. For some Druids the thought of doing “Druidry” in an urban environment can be a bit hard to get their head round, as most are more used to a forest or woodland setting, but this book helps you come to terms and find a way to be a Druid no matter where you are. Lessons and observations are laid out very well and it is not a complicated book that you could get lost in. I did find it useful and it was good to know that another feels the same way about the cityscapes as I do. All in all a good read for those just starting on this path or maybe just want to look at their town and live in the same environment as the author.

 

New Reviews Are Up!

The Pagan and the Pen Book Reviews is now posting on the 5th and 20th of each month. Reviews posted for May 5, 2010 are:

Reviewer Top Pick: Her Master’s Gift by Dena Celeste

Bogonoun’s Wonderful Songbird by John B. Rosenman

Firefly by Madison Night

Do As I Say by Penn Halligan

Letting Go by Michele Zurlo

Yule Fire by Lena Austin

 

Message forwarded from Rie McGaha.

 

Note: The Book Reviews have their own web site now. All links will open a new window to there.

 

AND A BIG BIG BIG THANKS TO THE REVIEWERS!!!!!

Book Reviews for the 20th

Announcement: There were so many that I wasn’t going to do a separate post for all. However, we do have a new site for reviews because now we have so many. In fact, reviews maybe posted more than just once a month.

 

To read review, click the link below.

The Pagan & the Pen Need Reviewers!

Well, while our list of Reviewers has grown, we still need more. Rie McGaha just signed on with three Publishing houses and we are slammed with books! While we are excited, we are also opening our doors again for Reviewers. Do you have to be a pagan to review for us? No…you can be whatever you want to be or nothing at all.

The only requirements are:

You have to love reading, be able to choose your own books of interest, give the said book thought, and write an unbiased review.

So, if you are interested, please contact Rie at : thepaganpen(at)gmail(dot)com

What are you waiting for????? Run to your emails!

Book Review: The Fallen Fae by Connie Wood

Title: The Fallen Fae
Author:  Connie Wood
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Publisher:  Freya’s Bower
Genre: Erotic Fantasy/Angels and Demons
Length: 55 pp 
Other:  M/F
Pagan & Pagan Elements: yes/yes
Card Rating:  4 Tarots
Reviewed by: Kim Clune
About The Book:

To read more about this book and the review, CLICK HERE. The Pagan and the Pen Book Review section got to be so big, we had to create them their own site!

Book Reviews: The Enchanted Flute by Nichelle Gregory

 

Title: The Enchanted Flute
Author: Nichelle Gregory
Author Site
Buy Link
Publisher:
  Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Erotica
Length – 21  pages
Other: M/F
Pagan & Pagan Elements: I don’t know/yes
Rating:  — 3 Tarots
Reviewed by: Monica S.
About The Book:

 

To read the review on this book, please CLICK HERE. Our review section of Pagan and Pen got to be so big, we had to give them their own blog!