Amanda's Picks for Gaia Gathering Book Panel
There were a few ways I could approach the question, “What books should be occupying the bookshelves and minds of well-read, thoughtful Pagans of the 21st century?” In putting together my “picks” for this panel, I considered writings that would be of interest to most thoughtful Pagans regardless of their path or tradition; and I paid particular attention to where I perceive knowledge-gaps. I also took into account that this was a panel, so that other panelists were likely to mention some of the “usual suspects”. Finally, I find that some of the most exciting and thought-provoking writing on or about contemporary Paganism is currently happening in blogs, not in books. This is where all those “201” and “301” discussions are taking place. I’ve listed only ones with a broad appeal, but dig around: thoughtful, well-written, tradition-specific ones abound as well.
Gosh picking just 3 was hard.
- The Paganism Reader by Chas Clifton and Graham Harvey (eds)
- Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies by Christine Hoff Kraemer
- The Earth Path by Starhawk
Top 10 Blogs
Selection was based on their thought-provoking nature, quality of information, frequency of posting, and pertinence to a wide-spectrum of Pagan paths. I also sorta cheated by lumping the Patheos blogs and other blogs together.
- Any of the Patheos.com Pagan blogs, but specifically these ones:
- Sermons from the Mound by Christine Hoff Kraemer and Yvonne Arburrow
- Including Paganism by Aiden Kelly
- Under the Ancient Oaks by John Beckett
- Raise the Horns by Jason Mankey
- Story Archeology by Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody
- Bishop in the Grove by Teo Bishop
- Arkadian Anvil by Sam Webster
- The Wild Hunt edited by Jason Pitzl-Waters
- Broomstick Chronicles and Witch at Large by M. Macha Nightmare
- Spirit Cuts Life: Rooted Heathen Living by Henry Lauer
- Rogue Priest
- Gangleri’s Grove by Galina Krasskova
- The Witch of Forest Grove by Sarah Lawless **Canadian**
Since only one Canadian blog made my top 10, I thought I’d list the Canadian blogs that I know about which seem to have some substance to them.