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Embracing Jesus and the Goddess: A Radical Call for Spiritual Sanity Hardcover – October 1, 2001

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About the Author

Carl McColman is an independent writer and scholar, and the author of Spirituality: Where Body and Soul Encounter the Sacred and The Aspiring Mystic: Practical Steps for Spiritual Seekers. He teaches classes on spirituality and mysticism at the Atlantian Mystery School in Atlanta. He lives near Stone Mountain, Georgia, with his wife, stepdaughter, and three cats.

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“So my path appeared to be shaped by two divine figures. Now there was only one problem: Jesus and the Goddess didn’t seem to have anything to do with each other. In fact, most Christians I knew thought that Goddess worship and Witchcraft were utterly evil, while the Goddess people I met expressed feelings of anger and frustration at the church. It was like making two really good friends, only to find out that they couldn’t stand each other.

This provocative new book, rooted in Carl McColman’s experience in being both a practicing Pagan and Christian, explores how two spiritual paths—divergent and rooted in tradition—can converge harmoniously, bringing a new spiritual vision to individuals and to society.

Written with honesty, wit, and genuine regard for all creeds, Embracing Jesus and the Goddess is the long-awaited radical call for spiritual sanity.”


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931412782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931412780
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Carl McColman writes about the spiritual life. He explored many paths before taking refuge in the Catholic Church, which he joined in 2005. His newer books all reflect his love for contemplative, monastic and mystical Christianity. His older books covered a variety of topics including Celtic, Nature and Goddess spirituality.

Carl's work is characterized by an optimistic, expansive understanding of spirituality, rooted in Christianity while embracing the wisdom of the world's contemplative traditions. In his own words, "I am passionate about helping people to embody creative, joyful lives of love and service, formed by prayer, silence, and the wisdom of the saints and mystics."

Carl McColman learned the practice of contemplative prayer at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is a professed Lay Cistercian -- a layperson under the guidance of Trappist monks. He regularly speaks, teaches and conducts retreats on contemplative Christian practice, and blogs at www.carlmccolman.com.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Andrea J. M. Waya on August 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I follow a mostly Pagan Path. My husband follows a mostly Christian Path.

My husband bought this book in hopes of understanding me and bridging our two faiths. He loved the book. I then read it. This book opened up a whole new world to both of us. We are now working hard at bridging our two religions.

We celebrate Christmas together, and Yule. Easter and Ostara.

Our religious life was greatly enriched by reading this book. It brought us to a better understanding of eachother.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Romantic Anna on February 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I liked this book. It does a good job of explaining how Christianity and Goddess worship (both of which I believe are life-affirming) are not antithetical to one another. This is a friendly, humane look at the concepts and practices of both groups as well as the ideas that have caused division. The book's main flaw is a tendency to be repetitive.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By robin jean on January 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is timely and its thoughts contained within are truly what this world is both searching for and lacking in. If we were willing, we could adapt this wisdom to their daily lives, the world would DEFINATELY be a wonderful place to live. Everyday of our lives are a learning experience and if we could come together, without judgement, we could appreciate what both Jesus and the Goddess have to share with us in our lives. As the author, I too found something lacking, and he so eloquently brought the both together. I share his vision of having both in my life. The hope of acceptance, love, and honor of having the Goddess and Jesus, both complimenting each other in our lives. This is a MUST read.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hoffman-Wiley on June 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Comforting and inspiring, "Embracing Jesus and the Goddess" is one of the finest books on comparative religion ever written. Highly recommended for both Christians and Wiccans, as well as those who walk both paths and embrace both faiths.

Regarding one of the previous comments about abandoning what Christ said, I think that reviewer is confusing what some of Jesus' followers wrote and said instead of what Jesus himself said. I believe that reviewer needs to re-read the Gospels and pay close attention to the words of Jesus only.

If you walk a Christian/Wiccan path, this book is required. I found great peace in this book's pages...thank you Mr. McColman for your wise, healing words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adler82 on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As someone who was seeking a workable syncretization of Goddess Tradition and Christianity, I just had to have this book.

The author himself had some of the same concerns I had regarding Pagan male divinities, and their lack of depth. Jesus, to my mind, has no equal

in Paganism when it comes to Love, Compassion, and Wisdom. The Goddess within for example Wicca, has taken over these attributes, and has left the god as

a sort of help mate, with very little to do. That being said, the Author really stretches and misses some key points about Religion and the use of

Mythology within it. Another review has touched on this so I won't here. What I want to inform the prospective reader of is that this author has

converted to Christianity and has forsaken Paganism altogether. I find this just a little sad, because Paganism is losing a great scholar, more of which

it is in dire need.
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