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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

Readability:
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

Content:
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

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

Overall:
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

DISCLAIMER

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.
IF YOU SEE YOUR INFORMATION HERE: Please let me know, I'll be more than happy to credit you. The best way to contact me is to leave a comment on the post, and I'll be sure to edit the post as soon as I get the message.

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