No season in "Spiritual Living" would be complete without a few books apt to drive the pure in heart absolutely crackers. ChristoPaganism is an at times bewilderingly complex introduction to a growing subset of believers who see convergences between Christianity and paganism. To make its point, it gallops the reader through a very substantial history lesson, memes, holons (i.e., "nested wholes," like an onion), Fowlerian faith stages, semifictional dialog, and poems and concludes with something very like the cheerful synthesis of paganism and Christianity practiced all around the edges of the Roman Empire 1900 years ago.
Northern Tradition, by Krasskova, a priest of Odin, and Kaldera, a shaman and activist, comes from the "Asatru" movement, the wing of neopaganism that has reclaimed the gods of Norse myth as real entities; their book incorporates a thoughtful sociology of the current Asatru groups, as well as advice and help for the solitary practitioner of the faith. One misses the doom-laden battles of the sagas, but some neopagan readers will find this of great assistance. For libraries where demand warrants.