Today is the day of the super full moon! This full moon in particular is a time to focus on our core spirituality. To do this, I decided to start in an odd place, a book review. Everyone likes to do book reviews. I like to read book reviews. Witches in general are avid readers. But, at a time where my path has shifted so closely in tune with the super full moon, well, it seems like fate. The first book I will be reviewing is The Path of a Christian Witch by Adelina St. Clair, so if you’re interested in Christian Wicca, this is the book review for you! Even if you’re not interested in Christian Wicca, if you like to hear about a witch’s personal journey of discover, well, this book is a must. Why not start with the review of it first?
The Path of a Christian Witch Book Review
Let me start this review by saying I had no intention of enjoying this book. When I selected it, I was somewhat bitter about my own religious transformation. The book was one of very few I could find floating around as a recommendation. That’s how it ended up in my lap. I didn’t even care to read much about it before I selected it. Yeah, I actually did judge this book by its cover, er, title. I say this to let you know what state of mind I was in when I selected the book. Now, I won’t go so far as to say this book found me, but it was certainly well timed.
The book is actually surprisingly small, somewhat comparable in size to Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. In total, it only took me about four days to read the book at a very relaxed pace. There’s a total of five chapters, making the book easy to break into sections. The natural breakdown of each chapter’s subject matter is actually amazingly precise. I don’t think they could have done a better job. Personally, I don’t like how the chapters are divided into subsections but that’s a personal critique. I’m sure many people will like the smaller sections within the chapters!
What greeted me when I actually began digging into the subject matter was not what I expected at all. A part of me had hoped for another Wicca 101 style book, only with Christian themes. There would be correspondence charts, prayers, rituals, and the usual try this or that scenario. Instead, what I got was the honest of someone’s spiritual journey. As I read, I found myself realizing I shared so many core experiences with this author. The way she touches on sensitive topics though is all the more amazing.
For some reason, the author’s spiritual journey really resonated with me. She discusses her Christian upbringing, finding Wicca, and then merging the two. There’s a refusal to shy away from otherwise difficult topics within this kind of mixed faith. The Path of a Christian Witch truly captures why so many of us don’t want to own up to our Christian ties. There’s hurt, betrayal, and yet, non-acceptance from a community that would otherwise welcome us with open arms. The author mentions how this rejection took place on both sides of the aisle, and for that, I am forever grateful.
This book is difficult to find fault with. To be fair, I would have liked better rituals included in the book. I do think the author went extremely simple, but she gives her reasons for doing so. There’s not a lot of actual philosophy behind the book, but it does point you in interesting directions. The author approaches the topic of blending Christianity and Wicca from the perspective of both sides, which is also uniquely beneficial to the witch community. Though, maybe this is why lighter rituals stand out.
Overall, The Path of a Christian Witch is exactly what someone new to this identity needs. The book will just fill the reader with a sense of refreshment. It’s the kind of book you curl up with again and again, just to know someone understands. There’s not a lot of factual 101 information in its pages, and that’s what makes it a go to kind of book. The information it contains is personal and spiritual. So, if you’re looking to start your journey as a Christian Witch, I highly recommend this book. If the author can convince me with her writing, you can give her a chance too!