The author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Paganism offers an accessible introduction to one of the world's most misunderstood spiritual practices.
Today, the spiritual traditions of Wicca and Paganism are enjoying a renaissance among the world's fastest growing religions. But for many years, these life-affirming belief systems have been tragically misunderstood. Especially since so many Wiccan newcomers are young, it is understandably a source of concern for many parents, friends, and associates of today's witches. In this accessible volume, spiritual scholar Carl McColman dispels the common misconceptions about Wicca and Paganism. McColman offers an objective, honest introduction to this newly popular old religion, while providing comfort to worried readers.
Carl McColman writes about the spiritual life. His books published since 2010 express his love for contemplative, monastic and mystical Christianity. His older books, published before 2005, explored a variety of topics including paganism and goddess spirituality. Carl's work is characterized by an optimistic, expansive understanding of spirituality, rooted in Christianity while embracing the wisdom of the world's contemplative traditions. In his own words, "I am passionate about helping people to embody creative, joyful lives of love and service, formed by prayer, silence, and the wisdom of the saints and mystics." Carl McColman learned the practice of contemplative prayer at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is a professed Lay Cistercian — a layperson under the guidance of Trappist monks. He regularly speaks, teaches and conducts retreats on contemplative Christian practice, and blogs at www.carlmccolman.com.
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