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Pagan, Shinto & Spiritual Book Reviews May 2016

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This month we take a look at one of Ronald Hutton’s most recent books; an older book on Shinto shrines; one of Paulo Coelho’s more witchy works; and a brand-new release by one of Patheos Pagan’s own writers! [Read more]

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Reflections on “Brida,” Paulo Coelho

BridaWhy did I choose to read this book?

After reading my review of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, Cassie & Sophie of the excellent blog Devil’s Advocates recommended Brida by the same author as it goes further into Coelho’s thoughts on magic and witchcraft.[Read more]

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Reflections on “The Alchemist,” Paulo Coelho

TheAlchemistAlthough  you’ll probably never find this category at the bookstore or on Amazon, there’s a certain genre of books that I like to call “New Age Self-Help Fables.” I’ve read a number of these. They are often novella-length, derived from other stories, and explore such New Age favourite themes as Destiny, Love and The Soul. Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull is one of these books. The less well-known Blue Road to Atlantis by Jay Nussbaum is another. As one of the best-selling books in history, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is the big kahuna of this entire genre. And since there is a definite link between modern Paganism and the New Age movement (which I talk about here), and since there are interesting points in here to followers of any religion (including Paganism) I thought it would be worth sharing my own thoughts on The Alchemist. (Be warned – it’s not easy to talk about The Alchemist without a few spoilers, so if you don’t want some of the key points of the story revealed, don’t read on!)  Continue reading

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