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Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions Paperback – February 1, 2000
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"Wonderful...With the term 'family values' so carelessly tossed about these days, it's nice to read a book which so thoroughly demonstrates them."
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"Clever, inspiring, and jam-packed with ideas."
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However, there are some areas in this book that leave you confused, unanswered, and even concerned. The glaring example of this is when they bring up the issue of children being teased or even harrassed for their faith. I expected some tips on helping your children through this time of crisis, but I did not expect a long diatribe on Pagan oppression. Yes, instead of answers you get a history lesson on the Burning Times. I'm sorry, but I don't feel that will help a child deal with being ridiculed.
Another section that seriously concerned me was when they discussed sexual activity. Another reviewer has expressed her concern over this area of the book and so I will not speak long on it. When it discussed love-making, it gives the impression of "the sooner the better." One can see the problems with this so I won't beat a dead horse.
All in all, it was a great beginning, but seriously needs re-vamped. Perhaps one day we can be graced with a seriously revised Second Edition.
It's a shame, because up until this point, this chapter was really beautiful and informative, but by throwing in this drivel it managed to take away from the previous good advice and end this chapter on a negligent and dangerous note.
My reasoning for the 3 stars instead of 4 is simple. I am dismayed that Starhawk, and the boys mother for that matter, would allow a 14 year old boy to discuss sex the way he did. It was a sick joke, showing a lack of respect for sex and his partner. I placed an "x" over it and noted in the book, "this is an attitude we do NOT want from a boy!" The life changes for teens was definetely lacking teen boy and teen perspective.
I have to be honest and give it 3 stars, if not for the section listed above, this book would have received 4 stars.
Hope this helps!
The heart of any belief system is what do you desire to pass along to the next generation - your children. What values are important to you? What stories, legends and tales? This book is a great resource for any family that desires to pass along positive values, living life empowered not in fear, and developing an understanding of the life cycles we all experience regardless of religious biases.
For non-pagans - this would be a good book for you to review so that you have an understanding of another path of beliefs of which it is highly probable your own traditions are deeply rooted in past history. You may even find what your heart has been looking for all your life without detracting from what you already have experienced. This is a beautiful work of love, light, traditions, history and open possibilities without limitations. For me, it is a book for anyone and everyone.
I think many people get confused about Goddess traditions because they bring a linear thought process of judgement and fundementalism "right vs wrong", and they do not understand the freedom of exploring an active relationship with deity. This isn't a "bible" type of thing. It is a book and reference for families.
For those searching for a family resource - filled with stories, songs, a flavor of histories and traditions from around the world - this is a unique one of kind treasure. It is a book that "opens" possibilities it doesn't dictate doctrines.
There is a section of the book dealing with honoring "rites of passage" with ideas and inspiration for creating rituals for your children in season with their life changes and development.Read more ›
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This exactly what I was looking for to use with my kids. Easy to underatand, age appropriate. Highly recommend!Published 1 month ago by Kristin Moore
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I saw where a lot of people were upset about one particular part of this book, which was an article about sex written by a 14 year old boy who was very obviously a 14 year old boy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Faeryn Mirgain
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