Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Out of the Broom Closet: 50 True Stories of Witches Who Found and Embraced the Craft” as Want to Read:
Out of the Broom Closet: 50 True Stories of Witches Who Found and Embraced the Craft
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Out of the Broom Closet: 50 True Stories of Witches Who Found and Embraced the Craft

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Coming out as a witch isn't easy. You may feel misunderstood, rejected, even discriminated against by friends, family, and coworkers. If you haven't come out, you may be leery of criticism from those who don't really know what it means to be a witch. In this one-of-a-kind collection, you'll meet fifty witches just like you who reveal what drew them to the craft and how the ...more
Unknown Binding, 258 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Provenance Press (first published January 1st 2009)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Out of the Broom Closet, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Out of the Broom Closet

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 143)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Bridget R.
Note: This review is deeply personal. There's going to be some UPG (unverified personal gnosis) and lots of ramblings. You have been warned.

What to say about this?

I loved it, because it was my *actual* introduction to Pagan beliefs, to paths that weren't the version of Christianity that I grew up with. Reading stories from real people as opposed to "believe ABC because of XYZ and these guidelines..." made me think Maybe this is the path for me.

I loved it, and read many of the stories multiple ti
...more
Cat Treadwell
While both Witchcraft-focused and American, this little gem of an anthology may well be of interest to those just finding their feet in paganism of all stripes anywhere in the world, being a selection of very honest and heartfelt mini-tales of how fifty very different individuals found their way to pagan spirituality in very different circumstances.

Yes, some of the tales could easily be marked as ‘fluffy’ (the movie ‘The Craft’ gets an inevitable mention!), but to disregard the book as such is m
...more
Jax F
Very simple and beautifully written. The entire book outlines stories, in short bursts, of how people from all walks of life found their calling within the varied areas of the pagan world.
The one thing i would have loved to have seen included was a glossary of some sort describing the different areas of practice within Wicca.
For example, there is one account of someone following the "Gardnerian" path. Had no idea what that was-thank goodness for Google. So basically, the book assumes one is pag
...more
Jasmin Hoffman
Out of my broom closet

I loved reading this book. To see that I was not alone in how I felt about family and close friends finding out what your beliefs are. I would recommend this book to any new persons to the craft. It made me want to step out of the broom closet with my family and friends. I'm a witch and proud of it and happy that I now have the confidence to be able to fly out of my broom closet without any fear. :)
Brisbride13
I just wasn't feeling this book, so I won't rate it. I got half-way through and it really didn't interest me, even though I am Catholic-Wiccan
Christina Wilder
Interesting mix of stories, but not very well written (way too many exclamation points), and not very diverse. Still, was glad to see the stories weren't too long.
Kristina Forsha
Sep 01, 2011 Kristina Forsha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Friends
I thought it was a great book. It helped me realize I am not alone and there are others who are being made fun of and condemed by family and some friends.
Jasmyn
Ehn, it was ok, but most of the stories seemed to be less coming as how I found paganism. Towards the end of the book I was just waiting for it to end.
Dee
This was a very interesting read. It makes one think about many different views of life and death.
Vicky
Not too interesting.
Robert Karapetyan
Robert Karapetyan marked it as to-read
Dec 03, 2014
Echo
Echo marked it as to-read
Oct 05, 2014
Julie Schmidt
Julie Schmidt is currently reading it
Sep 14, 2014
Candy Wyman
Candy Wyman marked it as to-read
Aug 13, 2014
Emma Pratt
Emma Pratt marked it as to-read
Aug 08, 2014
Randi
Randi marked it as to-read
Jul 26, 2014
enh
enh marked it as to-read
Jul 15, 2014
Marie
Marie added it
Jun 19, 2014
Paula
Paula marked it as to-read
Jun 14, 2014
Ciara
Ciara marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2014
Kathleen
Kathleen marked it as to-read
May 30, 2014
Tamara
Tamara is currently reading it
May 06, 2014
Jerrica
Jerrica marked it as to-read
Apr 28, 2014
Sierra
Sierra marked it as to-read
Apr 11, 2014
Lucy
Lucy marked it as to-read
Mar 26, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
231464
Currently a resident of Montreal, Canada, Arin works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Power Spellcraft for Life: The Art of Crafting and Casting for Positive Change (2005), Solitary Wicca for Life: A Complete Guide to Mastering the Craft on Your Own (2005), The Way of the Green Witch (2006), The Way of the Hedge Witch (2009), and Pagan Pregnancy: The Journey From Maiden to Mo ...more
More about Arin Murphy-Hiscock...
The Way of the Green Witch: Rituals, Spells, and Practices to Bring You Back to Nature Solitary Wicca for Life: A Complete Guide to Mastering the Craft on Your Own The Way of the Hedge Witch: Rituals and Spells for Hearth and Home Power Spellcraft for Life: The Art of Crafting and Casting for Positive Change Birds - A Spiritual Field Guide: Explore the Symbology and Significance of These Divine Winged Messengers

Share This Book

“Wicca offered real, not pretended, means for the individual to express the art, beauty, and reality of ritual, including magic, in the here and now. --Paul Turnbull” 3 likes
“This is an organic religion. A religion of the people from heart to heart; a faith that finds the presence of the Divine within life, and nature, and ourselves. We don't have teachers and books because we are our own teachers, and our book is the sacred book of the Earth. We believe that we can connect with the God and Goddess and hear their voices, receive their inspiration directly and take responsibility for our own actions, without the intermediary of a pope or rabbi. We have a loose set of beliefs and morals and a ritual structure that is common to all Wiccans, but there is room for creativity and deep mystical experiences. This is a faith with roots as old as the earth. --Meri Fowler” 2 likes
More quotes…