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

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  55 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)
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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
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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
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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
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Jasmin Hoffmann
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
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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.
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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
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