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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint Books (August 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591099110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591099116
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can say he most certainly practices what he preaches.
Bob
This is one of the very first books I bought on Asatru, and I have since ready pretty much read everything out there - this is still my favorite book on the subject.
Hugh
He gives very good modern day examples, focusing less on abstract concepts and more on how one can apply them and really "live" Asatru, as the title says.
Ren

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Rachel E. Watkins on March 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Greg Shetler's "Living Asatru" is a concise introduction to Asatru. Begining with an explination of what Asatru is not by debunking some common enough misconceptions, Shetler then goes on to give explination of what Asatru actually is; starting with where we are today in reconstructing a religion which we know mostly from archeology and mythology. He stresses the importance of Oaths, Honor, and Ethics through the section on 'Lessons from the Lore' and even includes modern day life hypothetical examples of application of ethics and oaths.
A basic introduction to the Aesir and Vanir, the holy tides of the year, the runes and a few cerimonies follow. While not meant as a thorough resource, it does fill it's intended niche quite well as a basic handbook of Asatru, perfect for the beginner, and a book any kindred would do well to have on hand as a basic introduction to Asatru for new seekers.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ren on February 20, 2005
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This little book is very direct and to the point. It goes over alot of main topics which are very essential to Asatru: what Asatru is and is not, the Nine Noble Virtues, ethics, Orlog, Frith, oaths, a basic introduction to the Gods and Goddesses, the Blots, ceremonies, and even a little bit about the runes and different types of magic. He gives very good modern day examples, focusing less on abstract concepts and more on how one can apply them and really "live" Asatru, as the title says.

I didn't agree with some of what he had to say, but he clearly stated that the book contains his own interpretations and opinions. The author encourages the reader to learn more about Asatru through different sources.

That said, I'd recommend this book to anyone. It's a great introduction to Asatru and it's well worth a read.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2004
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This book, although it does not delve very deeply into the religion, does give a good overview of the belief system of Asatru. The author claims only to give the reader ideas for their own research. A great jumping off point for the beginner. Also a wonderful resource for those who are exploring the many religions out there.
I gave this book to my family when they were interested in what I believed. It is a great resource for them to understand my religion, even though they are not interested in becoming Asatru themselves. It makes a great resource for explaing Heathenism when you get tongue-tied and don't know where to begin answering people's questions.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Edward Larson on February 23, 2007
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If your sick and tired of touchy feely hippie new age writing this is the book for you. IT lays out in very unapologetic language the ways of Asatru without the usual wiccan influence. It is a straight forward look at Asatru from a Hardcore asatruar's point of view. Great book for anyone interested in the northern path without the overly celtic influence of most other writings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bennett on January 10, 2010
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This is a simple book, written from the (clearly stated at the start) viewpoint of the author and therefore to be taken as suggestions and ideas rather than hard fact and research. It quickly explores the myths of what Asatru is and is not, the Gods, the holy days, the rituals. I especially liked the modern day examples of heathen values, and frequently loan this book out to friends who are interested in heathenry. It's small, it's easy to read, and it clarifies many subjects in terms anybody can understand. I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Ruck on October 11, 2008
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Mr. Shetler has compiled an excellent book on the basics of Asatru belief. I don't totally agree with all of his suppositions, but all in all it is a really good book and well worth the price.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Nichols on March 13, 2007
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Shetler does a pretty good job of presenting the very basics for Asatru as well as giving practical, down to Earth advice for applying Heathen concepts to day to day living. It can be used as a pretty good quick-reference guide. I would recommend it to someone who just wanted to know the very basics, but you might want to go with something else if you desire more indepth knowledge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hugh on June 7, 2011
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This is one of the very first books I bought on Asatru, and I have since ready pretty much read everything out there - this is still my favorite book on the subject.

Greg introduces Asatru in an unbiased and straight forward manner. There are lots of books out there rife with extra detail that might overwhelm a person interested in exploring Asatru - this is not one of them. Living Asatru achieves a perfect balance of depth and breadth.

I wish there were such excellent introductions to other faiths for people; Greg's work is an in valuable contribution to the community.

Eoghan Odinsson, Award Winning Author of "Northern Lore: A Field Guide To The Northern Mind, Body & Spirit"
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