Book Review: A Practical Heathen’s Guide to Asatru by Patricia M. Lafayllve

A Practical Heathen’s Guide to Asatru by Patricia M. Lafayllve Book review by Dawn Thomas Print Length: 266 pages Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0738733873 Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 1, 2013) Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Language: English Nonfiction (Adult), Religion & Spirituality The author does a very good job in explaining Asatru. She states in the beginning of the book that all heathens have their own opinions about Asatru and this book is based on her opinions. I found it to be very informative and well written. Even though it is a non-fiction book, the author’s writing is not dry but full of stories that leave the reader wanting more. The book is divided into two parts. The first part includes an introduction to Heathenry, runes, charms, creation and cosmology, and magic. I found the chapter with descriptions of the gods and goddesses very fulfilling. Some of them can be obscure but she is very resourceful going into detail. She made me aware of some I didn’t know about before. At the end of the chapter she lists some rituals and ways to honor the gods and goddesses. There is also a chapter on Wyrd and Orlog which includes…

Book Review: Making Marks by Elaine Clayton

Making Marks by Elaine Clayton Book review by Dawn Thomas Print Length: 224 pages Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words (May 6, 2014) Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc. Language: English Arts, Photography, Health, Mind & Body I was really excited to review this book. I love to draw and doodle and this book is about just that. The author explains how drawing with your non-dominant hand allows you to draw more freely. She refers to this as stream drawing using your intuition. I referred to it as doodling with intention. The book includes many exercises. One is called the skating pond. You close your eyes and imagine your pencil is “skating” on the surface of an icy pond. Last month at my local women’s’ group, we did a few of the exercises from the book with mixed results. Some of the women found the exercise to be very freeing while others were frustrated. The ones that were frustrated were blocking their energy from coming out freely onto the paper. You have to be willing to give control over to your hand and not your mind. Below are the stream drawings I created while remembering a specific emotion.  As you…