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Multi-faith book on spirituality written by a pagan author|
Honoring the Sacred Earth, A Path to Spiritual Awakening
Author: David Smith
Publisher: Dreamz-Work Productions, LLC
Category: Spirituality Level: Beginner
Review by Mike Gleason:
Honoring the Sacred Earth by Rev. David P. Smith © 2010 Dreamz-
Work ISBN: 978-0-9825531-9-0 Paperback 205 Pages $15.95 (U.S.)
This is a non-denominational spiritual development book written by a
Druid priest. Rev. Smith provides some insightful quotations, some
guided meditations, and some prayers to help the reader’s attunement
to the forces of the world in all their glory.
The major value of this work is its non-denominational approach.
Unfortunately, the English language lacks a “value neutral” word for
the force behind the universe – Creator, God, Deity, Divinity, and
Creative Force all come with their own baggage and preconceptions
attached and therefore Rev. Smith’s choice to use “God” will probably
offend some readers. Try to move beyond that, however, and hear what
is truly being said.
Naturally (considering the author’s neo-Pagan, Druid orientation) , he
places a larger emphasis on seasonal observances than others might,
but certain biases are to be expected on the part of each individual.
As he tells the reader “Take what you will from these pages and leave
the rest.” And “Do what feels right to you and what fits with your
personal belief system.” Regardless what your personal religious
orientation (if any) there is inspiration to be found in these pages.
Rev. Smith’s inspirations are pleasingly diverse, from Chinese
philosophy (Lau Tzu) , to environmental (John Muir) ; from Western
religion (The King James Bible) to Oriental religo0n (The Bagavad
Gita) ; and the inspirational (The Ultimate Happiness Prescription by
Deepak Chopra) to the practical (It’s Easy Being Green by Chrissy
Trask) . Add in a few ideas from his Holiness the Dalai Lama and you
have a rich cultural and environmental stew.
While this is an enjoyable, easy-to-read book, there is nothing
particularly new or revelatory in it. Everything here has been said
before in any number of self-help books published in the last half-
century. Its utility lies in its compiling of numerous approaches
into a single source. It is an excellent value for the price and,
with its non-denominational approach; it should be usable by anyone
looking for inspiration in their quest for Spiritual awakening.
There are other reviews available at amazon.com
Author's Notes: A basic book meant for the beginner, which can also be enjoyed by one further along their spiritual path. It is meant to be open to all faiths but was written by a pagan/druid author.
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