Be Blesséd: Daily Devotions for Busy Wiccans And Pagans
by Denise Dumars; New Page Books (Carreer Press)
Denise Dumars has brought us a unique perspective to the Pagan lifestyle. In this, her latest book, she shares her humor and years of wisdom with daily devotions for busy Wiccans and Pagans. That covers just about all of us, doesn’t it?
The book is divided into eight chapters covering everything from waking in the morning to retiring at night and all that happens in-between in the modern Pagan’s life. The book is written to bring the mundane everyday activities into the sacred. Any of the affirmations, rituals or meditations can be utilized on any day of the year (or any phase of the Moon).
For me the book got off to a rocky start with humor in which the tone was closer to disrespectful than funny. I almost stopped reading when I reached the section in Chapter 4 on how to talk to a God. Maybe someone else would be comfortable calling Thor “dude” and meeting Him for a drink at a roadhouse, but I am definitely not on a number of levels. Maybe I am old fashioned, but I tend to approach the Divine with a bit more honor and respect than if they are my bosom buddies from childhood.
In spite of my discomfort, I kept reading and was rewarded with some very insightful and useful meditations and devotional suggestions in later chapters. There was also less of the joking that fell short of funny. In spite of the flippant tone in many parts of the book, it was a good read, and the author did make her point. I would suggest that before buying this book you flip through it and see if the humorous parts are more to your liking than they were to mine.
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