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When Someone You Love is Wiccan Paperback – May 21, 2008
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
McColman thoughtfully and succinctly dispels the false myths that surround Wicca with a loving tone that respects all religions (no bashing here). This necessity for mutual respect and love echoes (rightfully so, IMHO) throughout his work. Furthermore, unlike many authors who couple shimmering content with narcoleptic prose, McColman presents 1st-rate background information with a flowing, extremely approachable style that will captivate the reader.
I would even recommend this as an introductory book to those who are interested in Wicca themselves and seek an unprejudiced prospective.
The first thing I noticed is that the author says that he will use the words Wiccan and Witch interchangeably as if they are the same thing and have the same meaning which they do not.
A Wiccan is someone who practices the religion of Wicca, believes in God and Goddess, follow the rede, the law of three, etc Some Wiccans claim to not even practice magic these days which I feel deviates from the original beliefs and practices but...I digress.
Witches can be religious on their own, following and forging their own path through the woods and have nothing at all to do with Wicca as the book suggests...
Also, right away there is a question...Are Witches evil?
No, we are not Satanists.
Satanists are evil?
NO. Something the author does not seem to know is that Satanism is a religion or philosophy with many similar beliefs to the Religion of Witchcraft, though not Wicca. And a Witch can be a Satanist, male or female. And saying you are not Satanists so you are not evil is quite ignorant to other religions, I would not trust much else in the book after coming across this tidbit of information so I sent the book away.
While some will chalk this up to his target audience, "Concerned Friends, Nervous Parents, and Curious Co-Workers" are the *last* people you want to be seen as being over simplistic to.
I gave this work to my sister, unread... big, dumb mistake because within days she was pointing out the differences between what she has witnessed me practice for 23 years and what this book seemed to say I was practicing.
I understand the need for such a book, but this one is just *too* oversimplistic, and his definitions are often awful.
I just keep imagining a teen buying this for a parent who is really antiwiccan and getting in worse trouble when that parent interprets the oversimplication as *lies*.
That being said, well, if you give it to people who know he over simplifies, you should be okay, but *do not* give it to someone who is already biased as a cure because it will just make things worse.
Am I recomending it? Definately. It gives solid information without being boring and can be a great start point or just a great help to clear away negativity and fear about this path.
As others have accurately noted however, the well-intentioned author simplifies Wicca. He then attempts to lump this in with Paganism. Wicca and Paganism are two different concepts. Perhaps the text itself could be toned up in another version of the book.
Overall, this is a useful resource for people who want to be supportive, but are not sure what they are supporting. It would be an important purchase for local libraries---where `concerned people' might turn after learning the news about a loved one.
The title is important as it is in order to reach the wavering people who would otherwise be susceptible to 'bible-thumping' propaganda about these very practices. Most importantly, the book does not condemn the practitioner and instead encourages readers to accept them as they are.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect Book to calm the fears of family and friends who think you are devil worshipping!!!!Published 6 months ago by lbrooks
I got this so I could explain things simply to my dad, and it helped.Published 12 months ago by Sylvia Constantia
Nicely done! Addresses the concerns of our more conventional friends and family - even has specific information for parents who are concerned their child has lost their way. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. L. Valdez
Love it thank you so much perfect for my collection of books for my path of wiccan Blessed Be
This is an easy read and covers the basics for an uninformed reader.
There is just enough to keep the reader interested....not preachy or
trying to convert.
I found this book's information very clear and correct in nearly all instances. The questions they posed were ones that Christians and interested parties have asked me in the past,... Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by L. Pink