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The Wiccan Prayer Book: Daily Meditations, Inspirations, Rituals, and Incantations Hardcover – September 1, 2000
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Mostly it just seemed like someone had gotten a trite, poorly written book of Christian prayers (which are usually better than this) and done a find & replace on the word "God". But don't take my opinion, just use the 'search inside' feature to read the excerpt before you buy it, maybe you'll like that style.
Oh, and definitely search on the word "Larry". *shudder*. That was a shocker.
It's a pity, because the 'idea' was nice. As an alternative, I'd recommend the two "Book of Hours" : Prayers to the Gods/Goddesses by Galen Gillotte. I've also heard A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith is good.
But onto something *much* worse, and a *much* more serious problem with this book. On Amazon anyway.
Once I'd gotten over the shock that it'd even managed 3 1/2 stars, I noticed it had gotten *42* reviews. What?!?
Take a look at other, even more popular wiccan books published at around the same time. That's a *lot* of reviews for this book to be getting.
I started reading them.
And the ones for his other books.
And I know this is a horrible allegation to make, but someone's been ballot stuffing. On *all* of his books.
There's many very similar (positive) reviews for his books which say very similar things, with very similar gushing praise as to personal attributes of the author, and even similar spelling/grammar mistakes.
Just for this book, there are at least 8 *named* reviewers who have *only* reviewed Ventimiglias books - Lady Sabrina, Jimmy Durgan, mary zues, kathy McMillian, Moab, Greg, Lord Goth, and Joy Bennett.Read more ›
I was hoping for something like the book Earth Prayers, with a Pagan / Goddess-oriented theme. Or, I thought, if it were more formal, I might find written prayers for those times I'm asked to comfort the dying, or the sick or bereaved. The author, after all, is an ordained minister who has reportedly studied many religions.
The prayers in this book, almost all written by Ventimiglia, are trite, soulless, and boring, beyond the ability of those words to convey, and I would never dishonor the Gods or myself with them. He even "Adapted" the much-loved Charge of the Goddess to the point of making it unrecognizable, editing out everything that makes the Charge beautiful and True and leaving the reader with dross. It's like a bad practical joke. It's just - unbelievable.
And where is his head? He prefaces the book with a sick little parable about a ten-year-old getting hit by a car while playing ball, and hearing the voices of the God and Goddess as he DIES, presumably as a reward for telling them every day that he loves them! Religious sadomasochism much? It reminds me of the kind of made-up morality tales I heard as a Christian kid! And this description makes it sound better than it is, because the man can't even write a parable! Let alone a prayer!
Here's a taste of the philosophy of the book: "The first thing you should do to create a lasting bode between yourself and the God and Goddess is to set up a daily schedule of prayer." Again it's like bad Christianity - mouth these words at your deity at nine o'clock every morning and you'll experience true spirituality.Read more ›
For a book on Wicca I would look for something written by someone serious about it and not some charismatic dabbler who was taking a few years off from Catholicism. For a Prayer Book, pick up Ceisiwr Serith's while it's still in print.
And even if you like the content, the actual writing and the poetry for the prayers is doggerel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book felt very generic and reminded me too much of christian prayers I know-- and yes, I am aware christianity has plagarized from paganism. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Colleen
Nothing wowed me. These are prayers I could have thought of easily.Published 11 months ago by maribeth makepeace
This book focuses on a devotional prayer life, a relationship with the God and Goddess, rather than a synopsis of what to believe, or rituals. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Avid Reader
devotional prayers for every day of the week, charge of the goddess, charge of the god, wiccan rede, prayers for before esbats and sabbats, prayers for each of the sabbats, and a... Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by Ted Sweet
It reminds me of a rewritten Catholic prayer book for Wiccans. It was a disappointment. I had expected freshly written prayers something original. Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Beatrice S.
I lost one I had , and been wanting a new one. Couldn't find it till now. Thank you :)Published on September 15, 2013 by tina chattell