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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review: On the Right Path

Walking Through God to Get to the Goddess

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Eighty-Eight Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615606699

Review: On the Right Path is the somewhat-true story of one woman’s spiritual journey from Christianity to Paganism or in her own words “from hallelujahs to spells, and crosses to cauldrons.”  Only names and places have been changed to protect the innocent---the author herself. The story begins with Tara as a precocious young girl growing up in a home where she was encouraged to question authority rather than blindly follow the brand of organized religion to which her family belonged.

Left with very few friends due to her “outsider” status Tara decides to commit herself to Christianity wholeheartedly. Earnestly believing that if she just followed the rules as set forth by her Church all the answer she had been seeking would be revealed to her. However, the more she interacts with Christians the less dedicated she becomes to this path. Along the way, her inquisitive nature leads her to seek answers outside of Christianity where she discovers the religion of Witchcraft.

The author’s writing style is quite intimate and you get the feeling that you are reading a stranger’s diary---complete with grammatical as well as editorial errors---though it is not written in diary-form. In fact, except for a few details I felt like I was reading my own childhood diary. No journey is complete without a few mishaps and I feel that the grammatical and editorial mistakes lend a sense of realism to the author’s story.

However, if the reader can look past these few mistakes they will find themselves asking the same questions as Tara learn with her along the way. Not only that, but the author’s inquiring nature encourages the reader to not only examine what they believe, but also why. It is clear that the author is committed to finding her own truth and On the Right Path promises to be the first of many stops along the way. I look forward to the next installment. 


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