Reviews written by Bethany Moore
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Whether using this book as a supplement to Don Miguel Ruiz' other writings about The Four Agreements, or just picking it up for the first time, this book will offer something powerful to the reader in any situation. Each of the pages are beautifully illustrated with a short, summarizing phrases and explanations of the "lesson for the heart". The message from each excerpt describes an essential truth that the reader will literally "take to heart" and be able to apply to a more conscious emotional path. The overall messages include selflessness, generosity, honesty, and not being held back by fear in our relationships with others.
The book is useful for general meditation and reflection, as well as to aid in divinitory practices. I personally use the 'Mastery of Love' cards as a supplement to the regular Tarot Card readings I give, particularly when the questioner has issues that apply to love and relationships with both the Self and others. The questioner can intuitively choose several cards from the deck and take a few moments to read and reflect upon them. Ruiz offers solid and love-filled wisdom that would make a great gift for anyone on a path to self-growth and enrichment.
For those fascinated by the fantastical creatures of myth and lore, this Weiser Field Guide offers a smorgasborg of stimulation for the curious mind. Beyond the famed Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster stories, editor Deena West Budd surveys even lesser known cryptids such as Sky Fish, Dolphin Men, and other bizarre variations and combinations of creatures.
Although the very nature of the information provided in the book implies limited scientific or academic resources, relying primarily on witness accounts and local story-telling, The Weiser Field Guide to Cryptozoology provides both amusing and well-organized fodder for the imagination. The author's tone approaches each description as if it were true and factual, adding to the reactive awe that such a myth would inspire.
Dare I say this would make an unexpectedly charming gift for a student of biology, zoology or archeology, or an otherwise entertaining read for those who enjoy "ghost-stories" and the like.
This delightful book is easy to read and easy to recommend to any young man seeking a deeper spiritual connection within himself and the world around him. The author, Dancing Rabbit, draws on his own experiences and spiritual studies and speaks with a heartfelt big-brother tone, giving the reader a friendly guide even as serious topics are addressed. I particularly appreciated the practical and enlightened advice given for young men who may be trying to navigate difficult relationships with their parents—either as a result of the teen’s spiritual choices, or just due to the normal teenager-parent issues that any young man of any path might encounter.
The author teaches sound respect for both men and women’s roles while paying equal homage to both God and Goddess teachings, even offering a brief overview of other religious and spiritual views and how Paganism and Wicca is connected and interrelated to other faiths. Plenty of space in the book is dedicated to the typical Goddess-oriented aspects of modern Paganism, but providing healthy, innocent, nature-focused masculine deities that a young man can relate to is the primary focus of the author’s intentions.
The Way of the Horned God would be most relevant for boys aged 10-15, or “boy-scout age,” when young men are asking lots of questions and trying to find their place in the world. Males who may feel gaps in their own spiritual upbringing, particularly those that may have lacked a balanced and strong masculine deity figure, will appreciate the guidance given. And, parents of younger boys will appreciate having this text on-hand and ready to use for each curious question that will undoubtedly arise. I intend to give this book to my young God-sons so that they can read and re-read it as they continue to grow and mature.
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