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Book Review: When a Pagan Prays

August 10, 2014

I’m excited to read “When a Pagan Prays,” definitely on my wish list!

Signposts in the Mist

Pagan PraysNimue Brown is a Druid author based in Stroud in Gloucestershire. When a Pagan Prays: Exploring Prayer in Druidry and Beyond charts her personal exploration of prayer within her particular style of Druidry and in other world religions.

Nimue defines Druidry as ‘a spiritual dedication to seeking knowledge and developing skills and creativity for the good of your land and community.’ She describes herself as a ‘nontheist’ and ‘maybeist’. Writing from a position where the existence of deity is in doubt has ensuing implications for the development of the book and the topics it tackles.

Whilst animism and polytheism are mentioned broadly there is no detailed discussion of Pagan paths based on the presupposition of the existence of gods, such as Wicca, Heathenry and Brythonic and Gaelic polytheism. Instead Nimue covers philosophical issues such as to whom we pray, the ethics of prayer and practicalities such as how to craft…

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