Review copyright 2014() Freeman Presson, all rights reserved
I see that Paganism 101: An Introduction to Paganism by 101 Pagans just went up on Amazon. Apparently, this book is going to do rather well. There are sections for a variety of categories of modern Paganism. Each has an introduction and a set of vignettes by practitioners, for a total of 101 authors.
One of the “eclectic Pagan” contributors is, ahem, Freeman Presson.
I have not read the entire book yet, but it seems well enough structured and written. The only sour note I’ve detected so far is that the book doesn’t have a section for non-Heathen Polytheists. I’m not sure how you can leave them out and include some of the groups that were included.
I hope I didn’t just incite another battle in the online Pagan Wars. Perhaps that’s another gap in this book: I don’t think it mentions that one thing we all seem to have in common is being argumentative.
The authors are generally not Big Name Pagans (there are two whose names I recognize from book spines), but I see that the book was blurbed by some very well-known names, including Professor Hutton.
One has to love the cover art, wherein a rough track meanders off towards some green hills. Scenes rather like this are—for me and for many—the stuff of dreams and visions, as well as the context for many enjoyable waking-world experiences.
Paganism 101: An Introduction to Paganism by 101 Pagans
Paperback: 279 pages, 8.5″ x 5.5″ x 0.6″
Publisher: Moon Books (February 28, 2014)
[Complimentary e-book from the publisher gratefully acknowledged, opinions my own, your mileage may vary, etc.]