Today I’m giving a shout out for Christine Hoff Kraemer, who is very active here at Patheos, and does a vast amount of making things go for the Pagan columns. You may have gathered by now that she has also written a book – Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies – and there’s more about it here.
Being a Druid, I’m a non-dogmatic sort of soul. Nothing winds me up like being micromanaged or told exactly how to do things. I detest being told what I *should* believe or feel. I hate authoritarian approaches to spirituality.
What I love are tools. I love books and teachers that give me frameworks to hang my own ideas from, or who offer me a map and encourage me to go and explore. I like broad, flexible ideas I can adapt to fit my own ways of living and being. I don’t want to be led, I want to be inspired!
The subtitle for Christine’s book is An Introduction to Pagan Theologies. “Theology” is a word we tend to associate with Christianity, but it is available to everyone. Christine explains what theology is, and how it is accessible to Pagans: not just academic, ivory tower Pagans, but anyone who feels inclined to put in the time and effort.
The book is a lovely mix of things. It does give a broad overview of the general state of theology in modern Paganism – very useful for anyone on the outside, trying to make sense of us. It gives some really good DIY tools to get a person thinking and exploring on their own. It also conveys a sense of how we could grow and develop as a community, how young we are in our traditions and how much scope we have to be more than we currently are. I find that really exciting.
I’m a regular book reviewer for www.druidnetwork.org, and I tend to post to GoodReads and such, as well as on my personal blog, www.druidlife.wordpress.com. If I really like a book, I’ll often ask the author to write me a guest post or do an interview with me. I believe in praising the good stuff, and I want there to be more excellent, inspiring books (and other forms of creativity) in the world. If I am sent something and don’t like it, I tend not to comment – why draw attention? Promoting the good stuff and supporting creative people is very much part of my work as a Druid. So, if you think I’d like something you have made, let me know.