Review: Book: The Way of Fire and Ice- Ryan Smith


Title: The Way of Fire and Ice

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Ryan Smith

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications

Genre: Paganism

Page Count: 288 Page

ISBN: 0738760048 (ISBN13: 9780738760049)

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Fire and Ice

Link to Goodreads: Fire and Ice

Release Date: October 8, 2019

How I Got the Book: ARC Copy

Summary of the Book:

The Way of Fire and Ice reimagines and grounds Norse Paganism in today’s world, focusing on the needs of modern practitioners. This book provides practical information on crafting ritual, developing personal mystical practices, and building sustainable community. Instead of being a guide to the reconstruction of ancient Norse religion, this material helps you participate in a modern revival that integrates Norse deities and beliefs with elements of neopagan practice.

Within these pages, you will find fascinating perspectives on Norse cosmology, the runes, and the nine worlds. You will learn all about the gods, ancestors, and spirits of place and the steps you can take to begin relationships with them. You will also discover ideas for celebrating holidays and special rites as well as tips for joining or starting your own group.

Norse Paganism makes a strong impact in the lives of its practitioners. Whether you want to improve your spiritual connection in the routine matters of daily life or want to work with bigger questions of purpose and meaning, the practical informational presented here will serve you on your journey.

Provides a strong alternative to the reconstructionist approach of Asatru/Heathenry; helps readers incorporate the wisdom and virtues found in the old Norse sagas into a contemporary lifestyle Written with a strong emphasis on democratic/non-hierarchical group structure and anti-fascist thought, taking inspiration from Reclaiming and other egalitarian training sources Directly addresses challenges facing modern Norse Pagans like organized bigotry within the community and the struggles of day-to-day living

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have always been a believer in the old ways and the paths that they have lead me down. I have read a few books in the past that follow the Norse path. It has truly spread worldwide. This gave me another look in the World Tree, druids, pagan and the gods that we call on to aid us and give thanks for the guidance that we have received. There were time while reading this I got flashes of things and could almost hear music. There was something that just drew me to read this and I am glad I did. I will be going back to from time to time.

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

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