Monday, July 21, 2008
Priestess of the Forest, and perfect summer read!
Where does the time go? Between the garden and the shop, this summer is quite busy! I have found the time to read a good novel, though, and recommend it highly! You can purchase it on my web site or at Radiance, my shop in downtown Lancaster, if you like.
The Priestess of the Forest – a Druid Journey written by Ellen Evert Hopman, published 2008 by Llewellyn Publications
A well-written, engaging story of Ethne, a Druid-trained herbalist and healer, this book intertwines traditional herbal wisdom and a glimpse into the heart and spirit of a traditional healer. Ethne has sworn an oath to live alone in a small house in the forest, to provide healing to nearby villagers. She loves her peaceful life, but change is at hand. Ruadh, a wounded Fennidi warrior is brought to her for healing, and in the months that she cares for him, they develop a bond of deep spiritual love. Upheaval moves across the island, as representatives of the Roman church maneuver for power, and shifting tribal alliances require that Ethne return to her pagan Druid community.
Ellen Evert Hopman, herbalist, author and Druid herself, has written this book in the style of a Druid teaching tool, weaving rituals, spiritual practices and worldview into the tale.