Hearthstone's Haven

Welcome! to my little corner of the web. I hope to provide some useful and interesting information for the Pagan community--and I hope you enjoy your stay!

Book Reviews

In travelling the Pagan web, I've seen many, many lists of recommended books, very few of which tell me why I should read them. I'm very aware of the pitfalls of book reviews, but I'd rather have them to read than buy a book blindly. That's why I decided to create this site--I figured if I find this area lacking in the Pagan web community, someone else must as well.

In reading these, keep in mind that my reviews absolutely reflect my own biases. A book I love, you may hate. One I find nearly useless may be the most well-worn volume on your shelf. On the other hand, there are very few books on my Pagan bookshelf that I haven't gotten something out of--some books are treasure troves, in others you have to dig through a lot of dust to find the diamonds--and my reviews will also reflect that. I've divided the reviews into rough categories based on what the book seems to be about predominantly; obviously there will be a lot of crossover (most of the books in the Wicca and Witchcraft section also contain information on spells and Sabbat celebrations, for example).

Keep in mind also that these reviews are intended only to give the reader a general idea of whether a given book might be useful for them--I'm not offering detailed critical analyses (at least not at this time) of style or content. There's certainly a place for that sort of review, and I love to read them when I find them, but it isn't my emphasis here.

Here are my opinions on some of the Pagan books I've read (and there have been a lot of them!) And they are only my opinions--as with everything in life, YMMV. So, read on....

Wicca and Witchcraft
Books primarily about the practice of Wicca and/or Witchcraft as a religion; however, most of these books also deal with magic within that framework.
Norse Paganism
Books about heathenry, Asatru and Norse and/or Teutonic Paganism
Magic and Spellcraft
Books primarily about the practice of witchcraft, magic, and spells.
Family and Children
Books for Pagan families and kids.
Coven, Circle, and Group Work
Books about the challenges of working with others of like mind.
Pagan Living
Books on the bringing your sprirituality into your everyday life.
Pagan Studies
Books about the Pagan and Wiccan subculture
History of Paganism and Wicca
Books on Pagan and Wiccan history
Index of Books by Author
All the reviewed books sorted by author and linked to the review.

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