Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Gemstones A to Z: A Handy Reference to Healing Crystals

This book was a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting more. Or rather, I was expecting something different. Much of the information I found online, and in those cases it was written better and was easier to follow. Diane Stein jumps around in her definitions a bit.
I do, however, like how she has included things like chakra information.
Ironically, this is the only book I have not, and probably will not, process for my Book of Shadows, because I could not get past the introduction. There were some glaring editing flaws, and the information itself frustrated me, and I wasn’t sure why. Looking at some of Stein’s other books, I realised why: she focuses too much on women and the Goddess. Though women are important, I do not like total focus on just one gender, both are equally important.

Published in 2008 by Ten Speed Press

Other Books by Diane Stein: Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art; Essential Psychic Healing: A Complete Guide to Healing Yourself, Healing Others, and Healing the Earth; Essential Reiki Teaching Manual: A Companion Guide for Reiki Healers; Prophetic Visions of the Future; Healing Herbs A to Z: A Handy Reference to Healing Plants; Pendulums and the Light: Communication with the Goddess; All Women are Healers: A Comprehensive Guide to Natural Healing; Essential Energy Balancing Iii: Living with the Goddess; The Women’s Book of Healing; Soul Wisdom: Volume One a Chronicle of Angelic Contact; On Grief and Dying: Understanding the Soul’s Journey; Essential Energy Balancing II: Healing the Goddess; All Women are Psychics; Natural Healing for Dogs and Cats; Reliance on the Light: Psychic Protection with the Lords of Karma and the Goddess; A Woman’s I Ching; We Are the Angels: Healing your Past, Present, and Future with the Lords of Karma; Diane Stein’s Guide to Goddess Craft; Healing with Flower and Gemstone Essences; Goddess Celebrates: An Anthology of Women’s Rituals; Reiki Essential; Healing with Gemstones and Crystals; Lady Sun, Lady Moon: Poems by Diane Stein; The Natural Remedy Book for Women; Dreaming the Past, Dreaming the Future: A Her-story of the Earth; Essential Energy Balancing: An Ascension Process; Psychic Healing with Spirit Guides and Angels; Women’s Psychic Lives; Casting the Circle: A Women’s Book of Ritual; The Kwan Yin Book of Changes; The Women’s Spirituality Book; The Holistic Puppy: How to Have a Happy, Healthy Dog; Goddess Book of Days; Stroking the Python: Women’s Psychic Lives

Is it easy to read? Yes
Is it easy to follow along with? Yes
Is it interesting? Yes
How long does it take to read? Probably between 10 and 14 days
Overall: 4/5

Is the author knowledgeable? To a degree.
Is the knowledge valuable? Yes
Is the knowledge new knowledge or is it common knowledge? It is fairly common knowledge
Is it cohesive and relevant? Yes
Other notes: This is the only book that I never formally typed up for my Book of Shadows. The problem was, all the information I found was already online that I had saved.
Overall: 3/5

Is the book set up for easy reference: Yes
Is the layout or design obnoxious or annoying? No
Overall: 4/5

Do you recommend this book? Not really. I think there are better ones on the market.
Was it worth the money? It’s about $15 on Chapters, which isn’t too pricy, but I don’t know if I’d say it was ‘worth’ the money. There are probably better books that cost the same, or less.
Will You Purchase Other Books from this Author?: I might look into a couple, but probably not
Overall: 11/15


A lot of my information is directly copy-pasted frm my own Book of Shadows, collected over the past couple of years from a variety of sourses. I try to credit where I can, and I try to paraphrase and change words around without changing meanings as much as I can.
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