ADF Authors Books

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    Modern Paganism



    Bonewits's Essential Guide to Druidism

    Isaac Bonewits
    A book about Druids unlike any other, Bonewits’s Essential Guide to Druidism not only goes far behind the usual Celtic and Classical references by discussing the evolution and migration of the Proto-Indo-European peoples, from whom the Celts arose, but also discusses the beliefs and ritual practices of both the British and American streams of modern Druidry, as well as providing warnings about deceptive Druid organizations and authors. This is a book that belongs in the library of every modern Druid, regardless of their particular path or style of Druidism.

    Rites of Worship: A Neopagan Approach

    Isaac Bonewits
    Rites of Worship is the essential source book for creating and conducting public ceremonies and worship services in the Neopagan style. This much-needed guide, the first of its kind, is rich with the author's thirty-five years of experience as a ritual leader, served up with the inimitable Bonewits style and wit. <br><br> Whether your group is large or small - or whatever religious tradition you practice - you'll find this volume filled with indispensable how-to (and how-not-to) tips of value to both the aspiring and seasoned practitioner alike.

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    The Solitary Druid

    Robert Lee Ellison
    Ellison lays out the basics of Celtic Paganism in a scholarly yet accessible way. He supports each of his assertions about Druidic beliefs and practices with citations from ancient sources and from archeology, and lays it all out in an outline that allows students to get started immediately with a Druidic spirituality.

    Sacred Fire, Holy Well; A Druid's Grimoire

    Ian Corrigan
    The Work of the Druids!Sacred Fire, Holy Well is an approach to the modern practice of Celtic Paganism and magical arts. Centered in the lore of the Gaelic Celts, it offers a simple summary of Irish mythic lore and ritual patterns for individual and group worship. It also provides complete instruction in practical Druidic magical work, trance vision, spellbinding and work with Celtic spirits.

    A Book of Pagan Prayer

    by Ceisiwr Serith
    There are many reference books on elaborate pagan rituals but never - until now - a guide to the most basic of practices: prayers and offerings. A Book of Pagan Prayer provides the pagan community a comprehensive and thoughtful selection of prayers - and shows readers how they too can create their own. After an introduction on why to pray, author Ceisiwr Serith explores how to pray through words, posture, dance, and music. He explains how to prepare for and compose prayers, how to address and honor the deities, and how to conclude a prayer. Serith also answers important questions, such as: Why should pagans pray? Should prayers be spontaneous? What are offerings about? Is all this just trying to buy the gods off? Gathered from many traditions - including Celtic, Germanic, Egyptian, Greek, and Zoroastrian - this guide includes nearly 500 sample prayers organized by purpose: for the family and household; times of the day, month, and year; life passages; thanksgiving, grace, and petition; as well as litanies and mantras. Whether offering a blessing, celebrating new life, safeguarding travel, or honoring the seasons, readers will discover timeless pagan prayers for worship, spiritual connection, and personal relationship with the gods.

Additional Notes

[Quoting from the ADF Recommended Reading List web page]

We recommend that the beginning student avoid any nonfiction by Robert Graves, D.J. Conway, Lewis Spense, H.P. Blavatsky, Edward Williams (aka Iolo Morganwg), or any works by others based on their writings, or those of Merlin Stone, Barbara Walker, or other revisionist ideologues. Some of the assertions made in these sources can't be supported by current scholarship on the Druids; the use of common sense and a critical eye are highly recommended in dealing with these books (and all the other books listed on this page as well). This is not to say that they don't have their own possible worth or that people shouldn't know about these books, but that an understanding of these writers should come after understanding Druidry/Neopaganism in general. One has to get a firm grounding, four walls and a roof before she can decide on what kinds of curtains to look at.

When in doubt, consult your nearest tree...