This is a book at the center of many debates, with some giving it historical significance as a one of the oldest references to the practice of magic and others denouncing its historical importance. It was published 1899, meaning it’s one of the earliest studies of historical witchcraft. There are other debates floating around, such as the writer was used to re-create old traditions of this ancient craft and others saying he was all on his own trying to make up things. I don’t know for sure and never looked into these claims myself. I do know the writer, Charles G. Leland, is considered the founder of the neo-paganism movement and the one who jump started the path called Wicca. No matter your viewpoint, this is not a book for those wishing for a softer look at witchcraft.

When you read, you learn that this is a history written by a folklorist and anthropologist on witchcraft. It is his studies, findings, and what he found on the path. I can easily see how this became such a staple for students of the path. Great source material must be why it’s so often cited in other books. It’s an easy to read in some places.

This is a recommended read to anyone to anyone interested in witchcraft or beginning down the path.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

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I have already reviewed one work by Nietzsche, you can find it here 2020 Book Review: Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche. I also had to read a translation of this one, but I base this review not on the original text, but the translated version I own. This is a work that I understand is his last. It’s an interesting view on politics and why people gain power and what it does to them once they have it, control.

I’ve always found Nietzsche’s work interesting on how he challenges the status quo with his thinking. Most of the greatest minds did this, even if they faced execution over it. It’s intelligently written for the date that it was composed. This book may confirm some view points you’re already have or give you another to consider.I recommend it as I did the other one.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books to review them on my website, whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

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This is not a unique type of book to me. I have read other books of comparison of Christianity and other religious books, for example, Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings by Marcus Borg. A book that put toward the reader the sayings of both teachers and let you see for yourself how closely they were in what they taught. After this book, I wanted to try similar books, and that is when I came across this one. It took comparing teachings and stories to a deeper level.

The subject of this review goes deeper. For some, I’ve come across that have also read it their takeaways have all been different. Some have used this to ‘prove’ their doubt in one religion as ‘fake’ and for some a confirmation that the stories they grew up with are universal. For me, this is an interesting reference of how information can spread, neither denying nor confirming anything for me on a spiritual level.

This is an excellent book and delivers on the title thoroughly and consistently throughout. This is a heavily sourced book to back up the claims within its pages, giving the reader the chance to look even deeper when or if they want to for everything. A touch I love. These sorts of things really feed the researcher within. The author really went through the gamut to produce wonderful work.

I have to give a fair warning to anyone thinking of buying this book. Because of its original publication date, you must understand the writing style is dated. If you’re easily offended, this may not be the book for you.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website, whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

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At this point in the self-imposed challenge for the year, I’m just about done with less than a handful of reviews left to do. I have had many comments on my website of people enjoying the books I’ve read and my thoughts on them. I have wondered if I should do another challenge or make reviewing books part of the website permanently.

This time last year I had already figured out what content I would do throughout the year and the list was getting finished up for the challenge of all the books I would review, 53 in total. It’s hard to believe I’ve read so many books, how difficult it was to narrow down the pages to only 53 novels, short stories, essays, or other materials for this event on my website. This ‘special review’ comes a day after my thirty-fifth birthday. I wanted to stray and do something a little special.

Over the year I’ve seen an increase of reviewers shifting what they’re covering, from modern fresh releases to anything they have read and that makes me happy. I have changed up my list a bit and stray from the list I originally made for this review. I wanted to make a special edition review, you could call it. I purchased this book earlier this year as a Beatles fan and a John Lennon fan. I have only pulled it from the plastic I bought it in long enough to read it and then put it back into its protection. I got it at a local shop I favor and bought it that way, so that’s how I like to keep it.

I read this fully aware of the tragic events that have taken place, his passing, and all of that and went into the book hoping to hear her side of things. It’s a beautiful testament of her love for him. It covers their life together, parenting to being lovers, and I enjoyed it. I have many thoughts about this work that I don’t find particular important enough to share, mindless wonderings and so on, but what I think is Lennon fans should read this.

I can’t imagine the suffering she has gone through all these years without him. My heart goes out to her as someone who has and currently knows love in my life. I couldn’t imagine a world without my love at my side. This was a book that had me reflecting on the thought of what would I have done? Would I as a writer write a memoir of love and loss? I don’t know at this moment, but I know she has to be a strong woman to go through all she has and brave for being a bold and proud artist without hesitation in her own right.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.


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I have roughly 20 interviews and author advice posts I will work on and getting up on the website. I will also take a break mid-December into the first part of 2021 to catch up on deadlines for publishers and other things. I also have some personal things I’ll be handling that need my focus. I also need to handle some self-care projects to help myself. Don’t worry, I’ll be back, eventually.

I will have the rest of the review challenge for this year scheduled and posts to finish out the tail end of this year-long event. I’ll be also working and planning out things for 2021 and the future of the website.