Book Recommendations, Anyone?


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Book Recommendations, Anyone?

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1skiegazer3 First Message
May 15, 2007, 12:45pm

I figured an appropriate way to kick-start this group would be to ask what your top two or three favorite books on Druidry are?

And as a follow-up, what are your top two or three favorite books on subjects that are not directly related to Druidry, but that you've found helpful and relevant along your spiritual path?

May 15, 2007, 2:25pm

I'm currently reading The Druids by Stuart Piggott. I'm told it is the most accurate book about the druids. It's ... chewy... reading but I'm enjoying it.

May 17, 2007, 2:02pm

All right, well, as long as we're waiting for others to respond, I'll mention that so far I have three top favorite books on Druidry:

Spirits of the Sacred Grove, by Emma Restall Orr, Way of the Druid: Renaissance of a Celtic Religion and its Relevance, by Graeme K. Talboys, and The Druidry Handbook : Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth, by John Michael Greer.

Orr's book is a kind of creative nonfiction memoir piece that really introduced me to the heart of "wild wisdom" from a hands-on, poetic perspective. JMG's Handbook is considered "THE Book" for many AODA members, and I've found it infinitely useful during my first year of formal study with the group--it has a lot not only about history and some important Celtic mythic structures, but practical exercises as well. Talboy's book covers the Celtic metaphysic more in detail, and while reading it, I found myself constantly going, "Yes! That's exactly how I've always felt! Who knew that was Druidry?"

Two books that were essential to my spiritual path, even though neither of them are specifically about Druidry:

The Spell of the Sensuous, by David Abram, and Radical Optimism: Rooting Ourselves in Reality, by Beatrice Bruteau.

I read Bruteau's book years ago, while still in college, and it really transformed some of my thoughts about love, freedom, creativity and community. Later when I came to Druidry, I found a lot of those ideas echoed and supported. Bruteau does a good job of showing how some of these ideas are compatible with diverse religious traditions, including Christianity (which many Druidry and Neopaganism books are quick to dismiss). Abram's book is more anthropological/sociological in nature, and looks more closely at ecology and our modern Western philosophical mindset, which shapes our understanding of language and how we interact with the natural world. Really fascinating, it's somewhat tough to read, just because he packs so many ideas into such a small book.

Jul 26, 2007, 6:44pm

The only real book I have read on celtic spirituality so far is: The Keys of Knowledge - Ogham, Coelbren and Pagan Celtic Religion by Kevin Jones, apart from The Druids: A History by Ronald Hutton, so I cannot say I have any favourites as yet.