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Faith and Magick in the Armed Forces: A Handbook for Pagans in the Military by [Barner, Stefani E.]
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Length: 336 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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Starred Review. In this practical handbook for pagans in the military, Barner reviews a wide selection of topics that could potentially confront this small group and their families. As the wife of a career Air National Guardsman who has seen two tours of duty in Iraq, she writes with firsthand knowledge about the difficulties pagans face in the military where the majority of personnel and chaplains are evangelical Christians. Barner spells out what rights pagans have and even includes an excerpt from the Wicca section of the U.S. Army Chaplain's Handbook. More importantly, she lists the potential roadblocks thrown up by military chaplains and shows how best to overcome them without risk of punishment. The book is rounded out with several excellent spells and ceremonies for such things as deployment, going into battle and returning to the home front. It also includes a ritual for a pagan military funeral. Interviews with a pagan soldier, a spouse and the child of a soldier give additional insight into the struggles they confront. Barner writes fluently and with compassion about the warrior's path in today's world. (May)
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About the Author

Stefani E. Barner (Michigan), also known as Spiral, is the wife of a two-tour Iraq War veteran and a member of a Gold Star family. She is an active member of Military Families Speak Out and is a professional mediator specializing in community and family conflict. A featured columnist for The Pagan Activist website, she wrote a recent military affairs column called Boadicea’s Children and is a freelance contributor to the Air Force Times newspaper.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2373 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2008)
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AQBBNG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,548,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Bridgette E. Bynum on June 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Stefani Barner explores some of the basic issues that military Pagans face in the military today. While she does explore issues of the dichotomy of working for peace while waging war, she does not do so in a way that belittles the sacrifices or seriousness of those engaged in war. She states many times in the book that all soldiers work towards peace and that there are times when war must be the instrument of peace.

She describes some basic obstacles that Pagans face in gaining recognition and working their way through the initiatory experience that the military is. And she provides commentary by other military Pagans, as she is one herself, that expands the perspective of the book.

As a member of a three-generational military Pagan family, I must say that we have all found this book to be accurate, moving and helpful. So many of the things she offers are from her own heart and touched ours. I would recommend this book to any military Pagan or to any Pagan that is looking to understand the viewpoint of the military Pagan.
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It is amazing that the military tries so hard to not support pagans in the service. This book shows what resources a servicemembers spouse might use to get their faith inside the wire. I am a servicemember and not all the resources are available to active personnel since we do work for the man.

But I did give a copy to my chaplain so they can understand us pagans more and they should feel more open to talk to the pagans.
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By eric quinn on January 24, 2013
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I bought this for my wife when she joined the Army, it seems to be great for her. As a former Solider and Airman, I am quite happy with how this helps in understanding the Pagan Religions and how it effects you in the military. It does help and it helps you to deal with the inevitable anti-pagan NCO or Officer. I wish it had been around when I was in the military.
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A decent resource of information about pagans in the military. A little outdated, and at times it seemed as though the author had an axe to grind. I would still recommend this book, especially if you're a pagan considering joining the military and you don't know any currently serving.
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