A Witch Like Me
by Sirona Knight
Right off the top let me say that I hope this book inspires another
one or two in the same line, although perhaps not limited to book
authors. I love the idea of learning more about some of the background
of some of the "big names" in Paganism. Of course, some
of the people I would most like to read about are deceased, but
perhaps there are close associates who could provide the data for
"posthumous interviews." In another vein, perhaps a book
of fictional biographies could be assembled for the likes of Harry
Potter, Sabrina, Samantha ("Bewitched") Stevens, the "Charmed"
It is difficult to critique a book like this, other than on technical
grounds, since it is composed of individual life stories and opinions.
I truly believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinions,
no matter if they match up with mine or not. So, I find myself in
the position of not being able to disagree with any of the statements
contained within this book.
Perhaps the only legitimate criticism I can level at this book,
if it is that, is that of the fourteen authors presented here (Dorothy
Morrison, Phyllis Currot, Raymond Buckland, Z. Budapest, Marion
Weinstein, Patricia Telesco, Raven Grimassi, Lady Sabrina, Skye
Alexander, A.J. Drew, Silver Ravenwolf, Timothy Roderick, and Sirona
Knight), there are only a few who are "Old Timers" (i.e.,
their first published work came out 20 or more years ago). Even
that, however, merely reflects the author’s choice to deal
with those individuals who have stood up for their beliefs, and
who are still on the cutting edge of the evolving religion of Wicca.
This is a fun book. No, you won’t learn any deep, dark secrets.
There are no skeletons in the closet being revealed. And of course,
each author presents themselves in the best possible light,. That
is human nature and no one can be faulted for that.
It is a book worth reading, because it shows that Wiccans are very
human, and that some of us are willing to stand up and take our
lumps for our beliefs. Wiccan authors are becoming more visible,
and their books more viable. If you want to know more about the
works of these authors, they are listed in the appendix. That appendix
could form the basis for a decent "wish list" to improve
Reviewed by Mike Gleason