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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434367444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434367440
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

For much of my life, I have lived and worked in rural areasin tune with the seasons and tides of nature. Even as a child, I recognized thedivine hand in everything that surrounded me. As a country boy, I knew andunderstood that life can only exist through death. I graduated high school in1974, and set out on my own, trying to make my way in the world. Along the wayI discovered the Craft, and like most who are drawn to the Wiccan faith, I knewthat I had always been Wiccan. I just didn't know what it was called. In 1978, I joined the Army Military Police, was stationed inPanama where in November, I helped clean up a mess created by Reverend JimJones. The experience molded me, and showed me how a charismatic religiousleader can lead others down the wrong path. I was forced to take life, and Icame to understand that all of us have that darker nature. Finally coming toterms with my own darkness, I found it was the source of our strength. But itmust be balanced with our light. We all possess the power and capacity to kill,crush and destroy, but when balanced with love and compassion, that power canbe channeled into positive directions. Initiated in 1980, I began teaching and training others in1986, while continuing my own Craft education, study & practice. In 1997, Ibegan teaching more advanced courses and developed a Clergy course for advancedpractitioners in 2006. Early in 2008, I accepted a Bishop's appointment withFour Winds Fellowship, an interfaith organization, and a Clergy position withthe U.S. Federal Prison system. Additionally, I have had articles published inFate, Pan Gaia, Circle & Blessed Bee magazines.

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Professor Kevin Gardner has been counseling people for over 30 years, and teaching both in person and via correspondence for about 20 years. He has spent more than 7 years as a Correctional Officer, doing Pastoral Counseling with inmates on a near daily basis. A student of the Wiccan Faith since the early 70's, Kevin Gardner was formally trained through, and a graduate of, the Church & School of Wicca. In 2009 Kevin was formally consecrated as a Bishop through Apostolic Succession and was elected into the Bishop's College of The Church of Seven Planes (www.sevenplanes.org), where he was assigned the states of Ky and IL to work with and assist CSP Ministers. In 2008 Kevin accepted a Bishops appointment presiding over the Wiccan Diocese with Four Winds Fellowship and another Clergy/mentoring position with the Federal Prison System in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is also enrolled with Vista Care as an Interfaith Minister working with Hospice patients. Currently Kevin is the High Priest of the Temple of Ishtar, located in rural Indiana, and a Professor of Spiritual Studies on staff for the "Interfaith Seminary" where he specializes in Wicca, Alternative Spirituality and the Paranormal.

Books by Rt Rev'd Dr. Kevin M. Gardner include "The Pagan Clergy's Guide for Counseling, Crisis Intervention and Otherworld Transitions", "A Handbook For Wiccan Clergy" and "The Wiccan Minister's Manual, A Guide For Priests and Priestesses." Kevin has also had articles published in Circle Magazine, Fate Magazine, Pan Gaia, and The Blessed Bee. In addition to this and his teaching, he often gives lectures at local Pagan Gatherings, & New Age stores. You can contact Kevin directly at: temple_of_ishtar@hotmail.com

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey on August 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
A wonderful and in depth book that covers the very subjects that most of us encounter when trying to integrate everyday life with our belief's.
It covers the subjects of prayer and living in balance as well as approaches to healing ,meditation, protection and service to Craft , Deity , and Community. It also covers a subject sadly left out in most books , that of Death and Dying and how to assist those looking for comfort and council during these difficult times.
A book that would be of great service to all Priests and Priestesses , as well as solitaries looking for guidance on these issues and more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Perry K. Parsons on October 3, 2010
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This book is very informative. From a Clergy point of view it's a must have. This book answers many questions I had not thought of and furthers my knowledge without having to experience some of the potholes. The section on death, dying, and performing at funerals, crossovers, handfastings are very good and answers many questions. The legal section is very well done and saves me a lot of time looking legal requirements up.
I suggest this book to anyone that is wanting to further their knowledge about the path of Clergy and helping others.

Well done!

Perry K. Parsons, LCSW, ICADC, LADAC
Psychotherapist
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By me on July 13, 2014
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good read.. helpfull
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on August 24, 2010
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I'm sorry to be giving a negative review here. I really wanted to find depth in this work. Unfortunately it's just not up to the caliber of the author's book on crisis intervention.

Full of revisionist history and platitudes, and in some cases questionable philosophies, it urges us to consider topics that I would label basic, beginner study and fails to suggest anything deeper within those topics than I might find in any other well written book on Wicca. Very little practical advice is offered that actually pertains to serving as a spiritual advisor to a beginner. Furthermore and rather sadly, the work is filled with improper uses of words.

None of these faults is unique to this author in this field. Most of them are the same traps that the majority of authors on Wicca fall into. Still, I had high hopes that this book might be one of the few keepers, and it just wasn't.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Magickal Merlin on April 10, 2009
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There are quite a few resource books for christian clergymen.Yet,this is an original look for the pagan clergy and the followers.The author ,it should be stated,witnessed the deadly aftermath created by the notorious Reverend Jim Jones of the Jonestown infamy.The author,Kevin Gardner,was a part of an army rescue unit,that recovered the bloated bodies of the zealous christian followers of Jim Jones' San Fransisco church.It should be noted too ,that Rev. Jones favored atheistic Marxism over monotheistic christianity ,yet had few worshippers willing to share in his utopian atheist vision.If history has shown us anything,monotheism has killed more people and destroyed more human societies,than any other concept in human history.And atheistic communism has never been able to destroy the folk-beliefs of the people or remove the individual from the natural environment of Nature.This book shows that Wicca is a credible religion,with accepted rituals and a universal code of conduct for its pagan brethern.A worthwhile reading for all serious followers of the earth-based religion of Wicca.
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