Review of Bloody Brilliant Women.
Review of The Colors Of Blue by Lance McCulloch.
This book was awesome. I loved it.
The book centres on Alba who we meet right at the very beginning of the book. Alba is in a dark place and is wandering aimlessly around Cambridge one night when she suddenly finds herself outside of number eleven Hope Street. She is very puzzled as she has never encountered the house before, although she is certain she has been this way countless times. There is something about the house that draws her to it, draws her up the garden path and up to the front door where she finds herself knocking on the door. She is let in without hesitation by a woman named Peggy. It soon becomes apparent to Alba that this is no ordinary House. There is something uniquely special about it. Alba, along with the other women who are staying at Hope Street, is nudged in the right direction when it comes to finding out the truth about her life and the choices she needs to make.
The book is a delight to read. It has a fantastic array of famous characters in it all more than willing to give advice to the women who stay at Hope Street. I found that the book was well written and easy to enjoy. It had all of my favourite ingredients – hope, love, joy and a happy ending.
I would highly recommend this book and am happy to give it a five star plus rating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READ.
I began reading this book determined not to just put it down, never to come back to it again. The thing about Celtic Magic, for me, is that I find it a hard subject to get into. I love esoteric subjects, find them so fascinating, especially witchcraft and magic, but Celtic Magic has always left me cold.
This book, however, was different right from the beginning. What I usually find when reading anything on Celtic Magic is how long winded it is. I find it takes me so long to take in what the author is trying to impart, this often puts me off wanting to read the book. I found this book to be very easy to understand – the language is clear and very informative. I have learnt more from this book about Celtic Magic than any other book I have ever tried to read.
The book is full of rituals and meditations. At the very start the reader is invited to start a journal so that they can record their thoughts and feelings upon performing the rituals and meditations. I found this a very useful tool whilst reading this book and I actually think it helped me to connect with the book a lot more. The book came across as a teaching tool, but there was nothing stuffy or boring about it. I felt like I was sitting down with a trusted mentor each time I came to read, and that made reading the book a joy.
As you work through the book the author recommends other books that you might find useful. Although this is not a new concept, some authors will have listed books that can seem unnecessary to readers. The author seemed to only recommend what he thought would be of use to his readers, of course it is entirely up to the individual reader if they choose to act upon those recommendations, but I felt inspired to look up some of the recommended books with the intention of obtaining them.
Having read many books on the subject of witchcraft and magic I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book was not your usual Alexandrian, Gardnerian, neo-pagan offering. Those sorts of books leave me cold, this book, however, was full of useful information; lists of Celtic Gods and Goddesses that the author had worked with, detailing their areas of usefulness. The book has covered areas such as trees and plants, such as how to use them in magical rituals and how to feel more connected to nature. There was a section on animals and totems, which was quite impressive.
I particularly loved how there is a meditation for more or less every area that the author covers in the book. This not only helps the reader to connect to this particular practice, but it also helps you to absorb the information you are learning and helps absorb the material.
I also loved the glossary at the end, the words are listed and in brackets the author has included the correct pronunciation of each word. This is particularly useful as there an awful lot of Welsh words included.
On the whole this book was a joy to read, in an area I have struggled to get to grips with in the past. I would recommend this book to novices and those who are already walking a spiritual path, no matter how far down it you have got. There is plenty to learn from the book and I think it will be a useful accompaniment for novices and those who are more established in their practices.
Highly Recommended 5 stars *****