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Product Details

  • Series: Pagan Portals
  • Paperback: 61 pages
  • Publisher: Moon Books; Reprint edition (May 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780992815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780992815
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,470,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judith O'Grady is a biologist, trance seer, and the Head Druid of her Grove. She lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kris Hughes on June 23, 2013
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I love this little book. As soon as I began reading it I was touched by its honesty and originality, and entertained by the author's voice. She manages to honour the seriousness of her subject matter while keeping the tone light and the language clever and often hilarious. Judith O'Grady is God-Bothered. "God-Bothered" is her name for those who hear the voices of deities. Individuals who were once called mystics, prophets or shamans -- or sometimes heretics and lunatics. Individuals who in our time are likely to be called schizophrenic, delusional or liars.

O'Grady begins by addressing these issues head on. She points out that an intelligent and clear-thinking God-Bothered person, far from taking the position that everything might be a message from the gods, knows that they must sift and test the validity of each experiences on an individual basis. Whereas the non-believer simply rejects everything of this sort, and the truly "crazy" person tends to believe everything without any critical thinking. She then goes on to talk about the practicalities of this sifting process. That's another thing I like about this book: it raises practical questions and offers practical actions where it can. Although it is not a "how to" book there is much her to help, encourage and instruct the God-Bothered among us. As someone who has occasional mystical experiences, I can say that this book has been an immediate help to me.

Ms O'Grady is a coherent and perceptive thinker, and some of her insights into the modern world, modern religion, and modern Paganism, may make uncomfortable reading as they hit home. However, this book contains no attacks, merely observations, and is written in a spirit of love and helpfulness, albeit a "cut through the B.S." one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Adkins on May 9, 2013
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This book provides a great starting point to discuss/research the idea of "God-Speaking", where one hears one's god/s (not necessarily as a voice). It touches on the idea in modern culture that anyone who "talks to gods" might be deluded at best, and crazy at worst. It gets into some of the history, and the author isn't shy about stating when she's basing her conclusion on her personal experiences/knowledge.

While the book itself had a logical flow to its presentation, it suffered from some structure issues. First of all, the formatting of the book's content made the paragraphs appear to be needlessly long. The sentence structure, while it may work for a lecture, was sometimes awkwardly phrased for someone who was only reading the words on the page.

Finally, the author uses "ze" for he/she and "hir" for his/her. While I figured this out myself, it took me a few tries to understand it wasn't a printing error. I had no issue with this, but a footnote explaining it would have been very helpful.

Each of the five parts could have been easily expanded, with more lore citations, better editing, and perhaps even exercises for achieving that God receptive state. Still, this was a good introduction to the concept, and the small page count (52 pages) means that it can easily and quickly be reread.
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