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Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic. Paperback – May 9, 2017
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For one thing, the book opens with a disclaimer that the writer does not care to be politically correct. That set off some warning bells but I figured, hey, I'm a white woman, how offensive could it be to me?
It turns out all witch powers come from your uterus, and your connection to your uterus. So someone like me, with a dysfunctional one? Guess I'm out of luck. However it isn't just one section of the book that talks about this uterus power. At least every chapter it's referenced. Which wore me down to a level of insecurity I thought I overcame years ago.
Aside from the PC and uterus issues, the book is just written in a strange format. The writer accents some sentences by bolding/centering them in the page, but this is used to often it just seems like there isn't a format. Much of the book is anecdotes or stories of the writers witch escapades. Regularly the writer attempts to convince the reader that she is a powerful strong woman witch, with a heavy implication that feminism is linked with being a witch. Considering I'm a feminist I didn't disagree, but it was almost... patronizing? As if the writer assumes the reader isn't already at all aware of feminism, and therefore the book spends a lot of time trying to beef up the readers self image/confidence/feminist level. Again, not necessarily a bad thing, but it was a waste of my time to read this stuff over and over again.
Of the whole book I only found about 5-10 pages useful or interesting, so my conclusion is that this book was simply not for me.
If you are:
-New to feminism
-Cis female WITH a healthy functioning uterus
-Interested in hearing about how strong and great you are
-Interesting in hearing about how cool the writer is
-Are already pretty well learned about magic/wicca/paganism
Congrats! This book is for you!
However, if you:
-Want to learn about magic/wicca/paganism
-Think trans women are women
-Have a dysfunctional uterus
-Are a dude
-Are sensitive to culture appropriation
I would steer clear. When I ordered this book (because the cover looked nice, tbh) I also ordered "The Wicca Handbook" by Eileen Holland, and boy is that a complete 180 from "Witch". The handbook was what I was ACTUALLY looking for, dense with great information, not condescending, objective information instead of subjective.
If "The Wicca Handbook" is an encyclopedia, then "Witch" is your weird aunt trying to hype you up about her way of life. You politely listen to her experiences, get a pinch on the cheek, and then go back to studying what you really wanted to learn.
I have to be honest that, before deciding to purchase it, I thought to myself, "Oh, this is probably just some superficial book in response to the current trendiness around witchcraft and women's spirituality." I am happy to admit that I was very wrong. Lisa Lister is a hereditary witch who has lived closely to what she writes about from a very young age, and clearly has a very in depth understanding of what she writes about. It's NOT a trendy book, although in the current atmosphere of this stuff being really hip, many women will likely read it. And, as an aside, as much as the trendiness annoys me, it DOES have a positive side to it - more and more women will have the courage pick up a book like this in the first place. Whether or not it sticks for them over the long term is inconsequential, because the important part is that the information will be spread to a large audience, and for those women who choose to stay with the path, it will be life changing (and the effects will have a much larger impact).
I have read many books on witchcraft, women's spirituality, etc. but think this is a great intro for women who may not be as familiar. It can be a great jumping off point for women who might want to find other books to read more about witchcraft, the divine feminine, herbalism, intuition, crystals, the tarot, etc. I also love that she outlines some of the more common categories of witches, encourages the reader to connect with her cultural roots, and loosens the reigns a little bit from 'this is how it has to be done' to 'this is how i do it, but choose your own way.' And importantly, she touches on how women's menstrual cycles connect to the cycles of the moon, which ALL women should know about. There is so much more, but this review is already getting lengthy. To summarize, I HIGHLY recommend this book. Thanks so much, Lisa, for having the courage to put this out there.
There are a couple of reviews on this page that make my blood boil. First, somebody gives the book 2 stars because it doesn't have some kind of design on the pages, BUT they fully admit they have not read the book. HUH? What are you even talking about, and why do you feel like you have the right to leave a review?
Another review gives the book one star and says 'the book is not what it is advertised to be.' That's it, one sentence, no explanation...
I mean, when an author puts her heart and soul into a book and people think they can write reviews like this, it shows a real lack of respect (not to mention a lack of understanding on what a book review is supposed to be). I wish people would think twice before writing hasty, ridiculous reviews like this.
Witch is just that. If you finished Rise Sister Rise but wanted more, this is the book for you.
Now for the minor cons ( yes, I gave 5 stars and I stand by that regardless of this):
It does touch on sex ( to be fair, every witch book does but for others like me that are either asexual or non-sexual, it's worth noting)
She again ( I had not read her 2 books before this one; I have since started to read Love your lady landscape) speaks out against modern medicine and again speaks out strongly against hormonal birth control as some sorta male way to control women ( i dont buy that one bit; I do however agree that some medicine can have really strong bad reactions for some and be fine for others)
She tung-in-cheeks jokes about "maybe" hexing an ex-boyfriend ( Not everyone agrees on hexing/cursing but if your someone of the 'hexing is wrong camp', just a mention)
The book cover due to the texture collects finger prints and they dont really go away ( not a text-based con, but worth noting)
All that said in the cons, I would totally recommend this book. It is NOT Wicca 101 nor witchcraft 101, so you may need some faint background knowledge, I can't say for sure since I've been Wiccan for 5 years before I even picked this up.
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Yep, she drops the F-bomb and talks about anatomy... she is frank and clear about what she thinks but that is what makes this book so refreshing!Read more